Gender Equality

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Gender Equality

“What, after all, is the purpose of a woman’s life? The purpose of a woman’s life is just the same as the purpose of a man’s life: that she may make the best possible contribution to the generation in which she is living.” - Louise McKinneyThough gender inequality might seem to be a thing of the past, it is still very prevelant in today's society. Violence against women has come to light in recent years. 67% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted. The numbers are unsettling high for disabled and aborginal women.Women in Canada are more likely to be poor. Especially aboriginals, visible minorities, disabled women, and single mothers. 70% of part-time workers and 66% of minimum wage earners are female.The gender pay gap in Ontario is at 31.5%, one of the largest in the world. It is not because women are less educated then men, infact they are more. Unequal pay comes from the prejudice and old-fashioned thought that women do not do as well as men. "Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights" - Hillary Clinton

1849 - Women in Quebec with property loose the right to vote1850 - All women in Ontario could vote for school trusties1876 - Emily Stowe, the first female doctor in Canada starts the Toronto Women's Literary Club, which eventually becomes the Dominion Women's Enfranchisement Association1916 - 1925 All provinces but Quebec gave women the right to vote provincially and federally1921 - Agnes Macphail becomes the first woman elected to the House of Commons.1929 - The Famous 5, Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby advocated for women's rights across Canada, trying to get them recognized as legal "persons"1940 - Women finally able to vote in Quebec1951 - Aborginal women earn the right to vote

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Early History in Canada

Why it Matters

How Far We've Come

What You Can Do

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. - Desmond TutuOne of the best things you can do to help make women more equal to men in society is to aknowledge it. When you see sexism, in the workplace, in your home, or on the street stop and say something.Vote for leaders who are for equal rights. You can also join women's rights organizations in the area or clubsat school .

Work Cited

1956 - The federal government passes the Female Employees Equal Pay Act1972 - Rosemary Brown becomes the first black woman to be elected in Canada1983 - It becomes a criminal offence for a man to rape his wife and sexual harrasment is prohibited in the workplace1984 - Jeanne Sauvé becomes the first woman Governor General1986 - The federal employment equity Act is passed1988 - Bertha Wilson becomes the first woman on Canada's Supreme Court1989 - Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decrees that all Canadian Forces trades and occupations be open to women within 10 years1989 - The first female leader of a federal party holding seats, Audrey McLaughlin is appointed1991 - Rita Johnson becomes the first female premier 1993 - First female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell2000 - Beverley McLachlin appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court


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