Essay on Women's Rights in Canadian History

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A Women’s Rights to Equality in Canada

Every woman has the right to moral, legal and political choice. As we look to the past, women fought for the right to be treated the same as men and fundamentally to have the same rights as men. Prior to the turn of the century, women had little to no rights. World War I and II gave way to change, allowing women to work and eventually allowing them to vote. The feminist movement has made drastic progress since the war. Today women are seen as equal and have the right not only to vote, but to be educated. In 1977 the Canadian Human Rights Act ensured that women could no longer be discriminated based on their sex, race, religion or sexuality. The act specified that there must be “equal pay for
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The demand was so great, that day care and tax breaks were introduced as incentives. For the first time, many women had financial independence and were able to work without neglecting their children. During the 1940’s, women were also instrumental in the union efforts and organized various strikes across the country. Women finally had a voice and they were using it to spread the message of equality. During the 1950’s, the federal government passed equal pay legislation, essentially paving the way for equal pay. Laws were amended at this time because of the feminist action taking place. Women were fighting for equal wages for equal work, elimination of sexual harassment, equal job opportunities as men and the elimination of sexual exploitation. Women wanted to have control over themselves whether at work, home or over their own bodies. As a result in 1969, amendments to the criminal code were made to allow for pro-choice legalization. Furthermore, in 1972, Rosemary Brown was the first black women to be elected to political office in Canada. Pauline Jewett became a Member of Parliament in 1973. She focused on issues of peace and women’s equality. Women were making their mark and finally securing positions in male dominated sectors. Women were now doctors, lawyers, politicians and even RCMP officers. Women were becoming more conscious of their legal rights. The issue of violence against women was being raised and women were taking a stand

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