Socialist Feminism in Canada: A Brief History

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Socialist Feminism in Canada: A Brief History

  1. 1. Anti-Capitalism, Socialist Feminist andthe Women’s Liberation Movement Challenging Neoliberalism in the 2010s
  2. 2. No Womens Liberation Without Socialism. No SocialiamWithout Womens Liberation.
  3. 3. Canadian Labour Force Participation Rates All Men, All Women, Married Women 1961All Men: 81.1% All Women: 24.4% All Married Women: 20.7% Women were 29.6% of the total labour force. Women earned 55% of what men earned. Statistics Canada: Historical Labour Force Statistics cat.no. 71-201, 1995
  4. 4. 1964 USARuby Doris Smith Robinson presented"The Position of Women in SNCC,"denouncing the treatment of womencivil rights workers inThe Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee.Stokely Carmichael responded,"The only position for women in SNCC is prone."
  5. 5. "There seems to be an almost suicidal urge for militant feminists to abandon all make-up, to wear square heels, to deny the joys of flirtation so that a very attractive young female feels compelled to argue that she cannot accept a corsage because it somehow degrades her as a "person". Such a corsage does not deny a womans capabilities. It merely accepts and asserts the glorious, inescapable fact – a fact that the truly successful women does not try to escape – that off the job at least, there is nothing like a dame.Equality, yes - unisex no." The Vancouver Sun 31 October 1969 Editorial response to a demonstration (24 October 1969) at the Vancouver Manpower Office, protesting job segregation and unequal pay.
  6. 6. The RCMP opened the file "Womens Liberation Groups — Canada" on May 13, 1969.The file identifies Singer Rita McNeil, a member of the Toronto Womens Caucus as"Shes the one who composes and sings womens lib songs,"
  7. 7. Rita McNeil
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