1980 Women's Movement Analysis

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The period between 1920 and 1980 has long been considered as a politically dormant era for women in Canada. Canadians tested the promise of equality between the sexes, symbolised by federal and provincial women suffrage victories. Women hoped that the equality transformations would bring good times, a changed domestic economy, and overall, a fair deal for Canada. Until the 1800s, women worked in the home, and were only responsible for domestic duties (add citation). They were considered intellectually inferior to men, seen as major sources of temptation and evil, and were also considered naturally weaker than men. Many differences were made through the Women’s Movement between the 1920s and the later part of the 1970s, including women gaining…show more content…
Women have moved from the stereotypical and inaccurate image as inferior to men, to more bold, equal and independent humans. The Women’s Movement made Canada become serious about gender discrimination, bringing a monumental shift in the Canadian society and sparked a new debate about the role of women, and how they should be treated. Thereby, pushing not only Canada, but also many other countries to draft gender discrimination laws. These changes brought women out of the household into the workplace which fundamentally changed society. The Women’s Movement called out rape culture, and some of the stigma surrounding sexual assault, giving survivors the language and opportunity to label their sexual trauma. They also took active roles to fight against violence, end rape, and create safe spaces for women to learn and thrive. The Women’s Movement opened new educational opportunities, compelling colleges and universities to support women’s athletics, and opened up opportunities for women, ensuring equal access to the highest levels of education. They earned women the right to vote and ensured women’s rights as a component of our human rights. In conclusion, the women’s movement changed Canada’s identity by enforcing new laws, supporting the rights of women, and spreading the awareness of gender…show more content…
Through all of these great efforts, today, Canada is a world leader in the promotion and protection of women’s rights and gender equality. Canada propagates the view that gender equality is not only a human rights issue, but it is also an essential component of sustainable development, social justice, and peace and security. This is explicitly recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. However, the struggle is far from over. The federal government of Canada established the incorporation of women’s perspective in governance and this is clearly proved today with 50% of the parliament being women. Internationally, Canada is working with like-minded governments to ensure that UN attains its goal of equal representation for women and men within the UN system. Canada’s work internationally complements work at the domestic level and will continue to
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