You Go Girl: Why Canadians Need to Fight for FeminismPresentation Transcript
YOU GO GIRL!
Why Canadians need to Fight for Feminism
What do you think of when you hear the
Do you know what it is to be a feminist?
Why is “feminism” a hot-button topic for
“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.”
“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.”
“This is what sexual liberation chiefly
accomplishes-it liberates young women to
pursue married men.”
“My analysis is that the gays are about 5%
of the attack on marriage in this country, and
the feminists are about 95%.”
So what exactly is feminism?
The advocacy of women's rights on the
grounds of political, social, and economic
equality to men.
– 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
By 1981 47% of Canadian students in
university undergraduate programs are
In 1999 Julie Payette
is the first Canadian
to serve in the
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
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
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
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
Don't women and girls deserve a chance for
a better life—free from violence, poverty,
and rigid stereotypes that limit their
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
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
“numerous studies during the last decade
have confirmed that reducing gender
inequality enhances productivity and
How are you going to help make a
difference for the women and girls in your
Monitor the media and question the images
of women that are being portrayed.
Address labels and prejudices that you see
Reflect on your own attitudes and beliefs
Become more knowledgeable about the
struggles of Canadian women...
Don't know how?
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.
My name is Rebecca
Clark. I am a Canadian
obtaining my degree in
at Douglas College, in
“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.”
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