Their editorial content was exclusively concerned with the domestic sphere: family issues, children, health, nutrition and housekeeping, making women queens of domesticity. Thus, the discourse glorifying the domestic sphere and the image of the happy housewife contributed to the social conditioning of women that Betty Friedan called the ‘feminine mystique” in her book of the same name. Published in 1963, The Feminine Mystique laid the basis for the women’s movement by circulating contemporary feminist ideas, and soon became the founding text of second wave feminism. According to Friedan, « The feminine mystique says that the highest value and the only commitment for women is the fulfillment of their own femininity. » While deconstructing the feminine mystique, she pointed out the socializing role of women 's magazines and insisted on their detrimental influence.
The search of identity is an issue familiar to contemporary society as well as to the society of 1963 when Betty Friedan published her feminist manifesto The Feminine Mystique. The main idea of Friedan 's article, "The Importance of Work," is the question of how individuals can recognize their full capacities and achieve identity. She argues that human identity is meaningful purposeful work, and individuals are not identified as women or men, just human based upon their work. Friedan believes work is what an individual does in his or her life; for example, snowboarding, songwriting, hockey, football etc. Friedan was an author, an activist, and the first president of the National Organization for Women.
This term paper makes an attempt to elaborate the portrayal of Canadian women whose survive in Canadian society at the time of World War II, with especial study of Gabrielle Roy’s The Tin Flute (1947). This novel based on the restless period of “World War Second” and the “Great Depression”, explore the suffering of common people and their concern for the future of their young generation. In each and every literature women writers have played an important role, this term paper discussed the agony of Canadian women at the time of World War II. There are innumerable Canadian female writers who excelled in literature.
Women did not have the same rights and freedoms as men, were not allowed to work, vote or get paid, and were not treated the same as anybody else. One woman, Mary Ellen Smith from British Columbia, reacted to the news of women not being considered people saying, “The iron dropped into the souls of women in Canada when we heard that it took a man to decree that his mother was not a person.” (“famou5”) . Although, in time, everything changed. A very important constitutional ruling established the right of women.
Mary Astell was one of the active feminists who throughout time acknowledged the shared problems. In her first book “ A serious Proposal to the Ladies”urging other women to be serious that they must learn to think for them self,to develop their own minds. Mary Wollstonecraft, the great of feminists brought awareness through her writing. Her novel”Vindication of Rights of Women” was published in 1792.Olympe de Gouges issued, “ Declaration of rights of women and female citizen” arguing clearly that women is born free and equal to
More recently, the awarded Canadian writer Margaret Atwood has also focused mainly on women’s issues and has been regarded as a feminist writer. In “The Handmaid’s Tale”, published in 1986 Margaret Atwood portrays a strongly feminist view of a dystopian society, in which women have been deprived of all their rights. Both of these writers are representatives of the female feminist writers who have let their footprint in our literary history, and each of them expressed her concerns on women’s rights according to the time they were living in. In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf (1929) emphasizes the inequity of treatment for women throughout times that still persists in her society, and promotes her thesis that "a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction" (p. 6).
After fifty-five years, we look back at the year 1963 that signaled the beginning of the feminist movement. The feminist movement lead to many changes in the society for women, such as reproductive rights, maternity leave, equal pay, women’s suffrage and a decrease in domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual harassment. All these changes have fallen under the label of feminism and the feminist movement. In response to this, author Simone de Beauvoir, who was a journalist and philosopher talks about the “Eternal Feminine” in her book, “The Second Sex.” “The Second Sex” is considered a pioneering work of the modern feminism movement because of how the author radically challenges political and existential theory.
The first women’s rights convention accelerated several other conventions that gave women a voice. The planning of those conventions initiated the creation of the Declaration of Sentiments. During the reform movement, the efforts made towards women’s rights were effective because of women’s
Yousafzai uses her platform at the Canadian parliament, upon receiving an honorary Canadian citizenship, to address the importance of female education in all countries in the world, and the role Canadians can play in her cause. Moreover, she attempts to persuade her audience to become leaders in the cause for female education by making reference to examples, appealing to Canadian patriotism, and creating ethical appealing. Yousafzai uses examples from when Canada took the role as leaders in their commitment to refugees. She goes on to comment how,
When feminism was becoming more common in Europe after World War I, many judged feminists harshly, describing them as a “shrieking sisterhood” and manly, neglecting their duties at home. The negative feedback made many women negligent to describe themselves as feminists(“Feminism in
Women have shaped Canadian History The proliferation of Canadian women’s movements, notably their redefining role in society, has had a profound propitious impact on Canada’s identity in the twentieth century. The contribution of Canadian women in the cultural life (sports, the arts and dance), the political impact from the leadership role of a female perspective (Nellie McClung) and women’s economic empowerment all contribute to the shape of Canadian history. Canadian culture had become invisible and nearly indistinguishable from the neighboring United States.
An example of a group of progressive women who wanted to start prohibition is The Women’s Christian Temperance Union. This group was lead by Francis Willard. The goals of the Women’s Christian Temperance union were to lobby for federal aid for education, free school lunches, unions for workers, an eight-hour workday, work relief for the poor, municipal sanitation and boards of health, national transportation, strong anti-rape laws, protections against child abuse and of course prohibition. The root of Willard 's argument for female suffrage was based on the platform of "Home Protection", which Willard described as "the movement... the object of which is to secure for all women above the age of twenty-one years the ballot as one means for the protection of their homes from the devastation caused by the legalized traffic in strong drink."[1
1927 jury duty reform act, woman can serve in juries. In 1979 Anti- discrimination Humans Right Act, this changed the wording of provincial legislations to protect rights of women and other groups. In 1917, September 20th, military voters act given to women with close relatives in the war or nurses for their right to vote. In 1917, April, British Columbia women gained right to vote in provincial elections. In 1918, April 26th, Nova Scotia women were given the right to vote and hold public office.
McClung took part in an international movment for women’s sufrage. This suffrage was aimed at allowing women the right to vote because of the one-man-one vote principal. She was shot down many times but she NEVER gave up witch makes her great. this movement continued to become greatly recognized throughout Canada and more people were moving towards it. In 1910 widows in Alberta were granted municipal franchise although this didnt apply to married women.
Canada has been involved in various wars from the beginning of its colonial history. Just as the nature of these wars has changed over time, so too has their effect on Canadian women. Women have actively participated in war, from nursing and munitions manufacturing during the First and Second World Wars to the increasing involvement of Canadian women in the military. While some women have been traumatized profoundly by Canada’s wars, others have benefitted from them. Women have often assumed traditionally male work during wartime.