Women rule: An alternative voice on the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Master Thesis

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Political Science


Political Science, General.



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Various studies have researched the relative involvement of elected women versus elected men in issues that are generally considered to be of primary interest to women at the legislative level. However, there is only a small body of research in the area of political science on gender and the judiciary, specifically with regard to Canada. The small number of female justices is a limiting factor, but the presence of women in the judiciary offers an important opportunity for academic study. To achieve effective results in this study, case law of the Supreme Court of Canada from the period of 1982-2003 will be examined. This study will also consider the effects of four women on the nine member bench, this is not only unprecedented in Canada, but elsewhere in the world. A certain set of cases that might be considered to be of interest to women will be analyzed to determine whether women judges make a difference, by bringing to their decisions new principles and precedents, or whether their decisions conformed to those made by male judges. This study utilizes tenets of feminist methodology, such as placing women's experiences at the centre, contextualizing women's lives within their social and cultural milieu, and being attentive to the diversity of women's experiences. By using both qualitative and quantitative methods of research, this study will determine the degree of validity of the hypothesis that the appointment of more female justices would increase the likelihood that certain perspectives, shared by many women, would be available on the bench.Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2005 .G33. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-03, page: 1215. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2005.