Talk:Feminism in Canada

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Recent stuff?[edit]

Is there no recent information on feminism in Canada? Surely there are feminists in Canada now who are fighting to close the wage gap, fight against rape culture, etc. If someone has more information on current feminism in Canada that would be very useful on this page. I'll start looking into it but I'm generally just a copy-editor... Spock of Vulcan (talk) 21:05, 18 March 2010 (UTC)


Planning to make significant changes[edit]

I am teaching an upper level course at York University this Winter, and I am planning to include major updates and revisions to the article on Feminism in Canada as one of our assignments. This will be taking place at the end of January/early February. We are going to add content to the existing categories as necessary and add sections (including contemporary issues). If anyone wants to help, has any ideas, or if there are any Wikipedia editors who want to help shepherd us through the process, please let me know on my user page. --Arc1234 (talk) 03:03, 31 December 2011 (UTC)

Major reorganization and addtion of text[edit]

After my students added to the existing article and decided on a reorganization that made sense, I uploaded their work. The changes I've made to the article in the last few days are reflective of their work. There may be a few more changes, but this is the bulk of it. This included:

-the reorganization of the article to reflect the oft-used/oft-critiqued idea of "waves" to theorize Canadian feminist history

-the addition of a sections on each "wave" explaining the broad contributions of each

-the addition of a section on women's early organizing (and the amalgamation of the existing section on women during and after WWI into this section)

-the addition of a section on women during and after WWII

-the addition of a section on Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (although this should probably go into a new article stub....I will try to address that later today)

-the addition of a section addressing violence against women and the battered women’s movement

-editing and changes to the section on abortion

-the addition of a section on feminism in Quebec

-the addition of a section on Aboriginal feminisms

-the addition of a section on Black feminisms in Canada

Many of these sections are not fully formed, and we are missing a lot. My students hoped to fill in some of the gaps that were existing in this article, but they need help - help us! Arc1234 (talk) 15:32, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

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Abortions and Canadian Human Rights Act[edit]

In the Abortions section, when talking about Bertha Wilson, avoid writing that she wrote "one of the best". Instead, change it to her just writing an article.

Additionally, for the Canadian Human Right Acts, how long did it take for anything to change. Did anything change?

Emgamez20 (talk) 03:44, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

I'm puzzled; did a search for "one of the best" in the article and did not find it? Mr Serjeant Buzfuz (talk) 03:58, 3 February 2017 (UTC)

Some possible omissions[edit]

Just glancing at this page, I feel that there are two things that could be clarified or explained in more detail.

1. The post war period. As far as I know (from talking with historians) the 50s were a huge step backwards for women. They had to leave their jobs and go back to staying in the home, being wives, mothers, homemakers. This was because of all of the soldiers returning who needed work. I'm not sure how much of this happened in the different countries, but I assume that it was a big thing in US, UK and Canada.

2. The problem with the "waves" idea is that starting a third wave might lead one to think that the second wave has accomplished its goals, but it is far from doing that. There are still massive amounts of violence against women, discrimination in society and business, documented statistical pay disparities in how professors are paid based on their gender. It's almost as if the third wave is a whole lot of other issues that are being added on to the existing issues in feminism that need to be addressed. Then there is the question as to whether adding more issues makes the goals too diverse so that the movement is not all united behind one goal, and not everyone might agree on the goals or their relative priority.

Lehasa (talk) 17:44, 19 February 2017 (UTC)