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Four videos focussing on women in Canadian politics - from Agnes Macphail, the first female member of Parliament, to Kim Campbell, the first female prime minister. Kim Campbell Through the Looking Glass: In 1993 Kim Campbell won the Tory leadership after Brian Mulroney's resignation and became Canada's nineteenth prime minister. She called an election and two and a half months later led the Progressive Conservatives to the biggest defeat of any major political party in Canadian history. What happened? This film documents the doomed campaign and features recent interviews with Campbell, her family, colleagues and members of the media. Wendy Lill: Playwright in Parliament: A documentary chronicling the experiences of Wendy Lill--mother, wife, activist and playwright--as she steps into Canadian politics. We follow Lill from her decision to run for Parliament in May of 1997, to the end of her first year in office as a rookie MP in Ottawa. This video illustrates how one concerned citizen's ambition to "make a difference" is riddled with the complications of juggling public office, writing a play and maintaining family commitments. A 1999 film. Why Women Run: In June 1997, Halifax voters went to the polls to choose between Mary Clancy, the incumbent Liberal MP, and Alexa McDonough, leader of the federal NDP. It was a highly contested race and one of the rare occasions when two strong women candidates were running against each other. This documentary follows the sometimes-nasty campaign to the polls. Why Women Run highlights the accomplishments of women in politics and the problems they face participating in the political process. A 1999 film. Canada's First Woman MP: In 1921 Agnes Macphail became Canada's first female MP. She successfully fought for old-age pensions, prison reform and farm cooperatives, and was the first woman to sit on the League of Nations' International Disarmament Committee. A 1986 film.

2000, 179 min

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