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Canadian Women Marching in Washington: Feminist Solidarity in Historical Perspective

by Joan Sangster

A friend’s daughter set out yesterday from Montreal for Washington to join American protests timed to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump. She may not know that she is marching in a long Canadian tradition of cross-border feminist solidarity going back to a 1913 suffrage demonstration, also timed to coincide with a presidential inauguration.

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Only the Brave or “Canada’s Daughters Shall be Free”–Respect, Redistribution, and Suffrage in Women’s Struggle for Canadian Democracy

by Veronica Strong-Boag

As Canada’s recent political history demonstrates, democracy remains an unfinished and contested project championed by the courageous. The long and continuing struggle to gain women what has been termed ‘participatory parity’ is an object lesson in that democratic story.

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Gladys Strum (4 February 1906 – 15 August 2005)

by Georgina Taylor

Gladys Strum, who made an exceptional contribution to political life in Canada, joined the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) two years after the first convention in Regina in 1933. A down-to-earth farm woman from Windthorst in southeast Saskatchewan, she became a CCF candidate in seven elections, when women politicians were “vastly out-numbered,” between feminism’s first and second wave.

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Mothers of Medicare in Canada

by Georgina Taylor

Medicare is Canada’s most popular social program and various men have been identified as its progenitor including T.C. (Tommy) Douglas, Emmett Hall, and Paul Martin Sr. Although the charismatic Douglas is most frequently cited as the “father of medicare” in Canada, he did not see himself as a lone heroic man. He was fully aware of the many women and men who made critical contributions.

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Transgender Citizenship in Canada, and Beyond

by A.J. Lowik

A transgender is like a refugee without citizenship. S/he is without rights until a court grants them by categorizing him/her as either male or female. While outside of these categories, the transgender is most vulnerable and most likely to find him/herself without basic human rights (Bird 2002, quoted in Couch et al. 2008: 281).

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Valentine’s Day 1916, A Day of Triumph for The Women of Saskatchewan

by Georgina M. Taylor 

On Valentine’s Day in 1916 Saskatchewan suffragists converged on the Legislative Building in Regina. They had been invited to attend the Legislative Assembly by Walter Scott, the besieged Premier, who apparently hoped his invitation would be seen as chivalrous.

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Comics and Canadian Feminism: Willow Dawson’s Hyena in Petticoats and the Story of Suffragist Nellie McClung

by Sean Carleton

Historically, women have not fared well in comic books. As a traditionally male dominated medium, derogatory depictions of women figure prominently in both past and present comics.

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Essential’s Workshop — Port Coquitlam Women’s Campaign School

by Jessica Leis

I had a great opportunity to attend the condensed Women’s Campaign School “Essentials Workshop” in Port Coquitlam, an event put on by the Canadian Women Voters Congress, in partnership with the Young Women Civic Leaders and Mayor Greg Moore of the City of Port Coquitlam. 

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A First: Sweden Elects Soraya Post of the Feminist Initiative Party to the European Parliament

by Veronica Strong-Boag

In May 2014, Sweden, one of the Nordic ‘magical kingdoms’ that are sometimes famed as feminist nirvanas, made history. Brussels is about to welcome a Swedish Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from a feminist party.

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