You Go Girl: Why Canadians Need to Fight for Feminism
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  • YOU GO GIRL! Why Canadians need to Fight for Feminism
  • What do you think of when you hear the word “feminist”?
  • Do you know what it is to be a feminist?
  • Why is “feminism” a hot-button topic for some people?
  • “The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, antifamily political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” Pat Robertson
  • “We must not allow ourselves to be deflected by the feminists who are anxious to force us to regard the two sexes as completely equal in position and worth.” Sigmund Freud
  • “This is what sexual liberation chiefly accomplishes-it liberates young women to pursue married men.” George Gilder
  • “My analysis is that the gays are about 5% of the attack on marriage in this country, and the feminists are about 95%.” Phyllis Schlafly
  • So what exactly is feminism?
  • Feminism (noun) The advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.
  • Feminists – both male and female – have been advocating for equal rights for women for decades
  • In 1903 Emma Baker is the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from a Canadian University
  • In 1913 Alys McKey Bryant is the first woman to pilot an airplane in Canada.
  • By the end of WWII some 45,423 women have enlisted in the armed forces providing support functions for the war effort.
  • In 1969 the Federal government amends the Criminal Code of Canada so that it is no longer an offence to spread information about birth control.
  • In 1973 the Montreal Gay Women publish the first Canadian lesbian journal “Long Time Coming”
  • and the first rape crisis telephone line in Canada is opened by Vancouver Rape Relief.
  • By 1981 47% of Canadian students in university undergraduate programs are women
  • In 1999 Julie Payette is the first Canadian to serve in the International Space Station.
  • Women in Canada have won the right to vote, work, and become educated...
  • So aren't women now being treated equally to men in Canada?
  • Is there still a reason to fight for feminism?
  • Don't we live in a female friendly country?
  • On December 6, 1989 14 young female engineering students are murdered by a gunman at Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal.
  • The man who shot them stated “you are all feminists” and “I am fighting feminism”
  • In Canada 83% of the victims of policereported domestic violence are women.
  • In Canada every six days, on average, a woman is murdered by her husband or boyfriend.
  • 1 in 8 Canadian women are battered by the men they lived with.
  • 1 in 3 females in Canada are sexually molested before the age of 16.
  • Women growing up in Canada have a 50% chance of being physically or sexually abused.
  • There are more than one million single mothers in Canada who are raising their children in poverty.
  • 3 out of 4 Canadian women over the age of 65 who live alone live below the poverty level.
  • Canadian girls are bombarded by highly sexualized media images of females...
  • these messages have been linked to serious mental health issues for girls like eating disorders, low self-esteem, and depression.
  • In the 1980s equality pay laws were passed federally and provincially...
  • but most of them have been ineffective and weakly enforced.
  • Don't women and girls deserve a chance for a better life—free from violence, poverty, and rigid stereotypes that limit their potential?
  • Since women account for slightly more than half of Canada’s population, empowering women means making the most of all of our talent
  • When you improve women’s equality, it improves economic and social conditions for everyone.
  • The World Economic Forum points out, “the most important determinant of a country’s competitiveness is its human talent – the skills, education and productivity of its workforce.”
  • “numerous studies during the last decade have confirmed that reducing gender inequality enhances productivity and economic growth.”
  • How are you going to help make a difference for the women and girls in your life?
  • Monitor the media and question the images of women that are being portrayed.
  • Address labels and prejudices that you see regarding women.
  • Reflect on your own attitudes and beliefs regarding women.
  • Become more knowledgeable about the struggles of Canadian women... Don't know how?
  • Visit
  • They are the only national foundation in Canada dedicated to giving women and girls a chance for a better life.
  • When it comes to gender equality we should not settle for the status quo...
  • but rather continue paving the way towards an inclusive Canada.
  • Creator Biography: My name is Rebecca Clark. I am a Canadian woman currently obtaining my degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Douglas College, in British Columbia.
  • “If we want to live in an inclusive country, we need to actively address the issues of violence, poverty and stereotyping that affect Canadian women.” Rebecca Clark
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