Gender inequality has been a huge challenge not only in Canada but around the world. Males are often looked at as superior to women. Men have dominated in history; they are our famous theorists and physicists, they won wars and conquered the land. Unfortunately, even in today 's society women are continuing to be viewed as inferior compared to men. Women have overcome many obstacles throughout history including; education, the workplace, and even at home. Women have the right to be treated equally because they ARE equal.
Over the past hundred years, there have been many movements for gender equality. But despite everything that was done so that women could be treated equivalent to men, there is still inequality. According to Hughes, Krahn …show more content…
Doris Anderson (2006), a writer for the Canadian Encyclopedia, wrote that in order to learn the Native customs, settlers would marry an Aboriginal woman, providing a crucial link between the two cultures. This marriage allowed settlers to learn the way of trading and barter between tribes, as well as survival skills. Anderson (2006) also wrote about how aboriginal women were used as unpaid interpreters for fur trading companies in Canada. So even though interpreting was an important skill because they were women, they were not paid which started the idea that women were inferior. If we looked at the Industrial Revolution when Canada 's economy was flourishing, there was not a need for women to work. Based on the 1891 Canadian Census, approximately 11% of women were employed (Lowe, 1987). However, this changed while industrialization progressed, as stated by Hughes, Krahn and Lowe (2011), "women were recruited as cheap unskilled labourers" for light industries (p. 171). Women were discriminated against based on gender and they were given second-rate jobs and insufficient wages. There was a brief change in attitude towards women 's labour when Canada was fighting in World War I and World War II. Most men were enlisted and went off to fight for Canada. Therefore, it was primarily the women in Canada who were employed by many of the stereotypical …show more content…
Based on history and socially constructed gender roles, women are inferior to males in their private lives. Gender roles include; women clean, cook, take care of the kids, do the house chores, while men work, pay for everything, and expect to be taken care of by their woman. Hughes, Krahn and Lowe (2011) argue that a woman 's domestic responsibilities, along with raising children, limit the woman 's availability for paid work, which leaves the woman financially dependent. They continue to explain consequences, including a "double day" of paid and unpaid work. (p. 179). Women who work a double day would work during the day and then as described by Hughes, Krahn and Lowe (2011) "some women return home to cook, clean, shop and look after their children" (p. 180). If you think to around the times of agriculture, the gender roles for that period would require males, harvesting crops, planting the seeds, basically doing the farm work. Women, on the other hand, looked after all of the domestic duties including; caring for children, tending livestock, making clothes, keeping the home clean, etc. (Krahn, Lowe and Hughes, 2011. pp. 170-171). Back then, that was the woman 's full-time job, be a parent, a wife and keep the home in order. However, even today women are still expected to take care of the home, but now they are also expected to work full time. McRae (2003) suggests that, to understand the choices various women make for
In Canada, women make up slightly more than half of the population. However, throughout Canadian history and modern day, women are needing to stand up for themselves and other women to bring about change. Canadian women are strong and have the power to work together and bring about change. Jennie Trout stood up for Canadian women that wanted to be in the medical field, women during WWI made a difference in their lives by entering the workplace and standing for their right to work, Nellie McClung was a leader for women’s suffrage, and The Famous Five campaigned and won The “Persons” Case allowing women to be considered persons under the Canadian Constitution. These women were instigators of change. Change for women only occurs when ambitious and courageous women stand up for a difference that they deserve.
Men and women should always be considered equal, and one gender should never feel inferior to another. During the early twentieth century, there were three women who conveyed this message all throughout Canada. Emily Murphy played a significant role to promote the equality between men and women. Similarly, Nellie McClung also took responsibility for encouraging gender equality. Furthermore, Agnes Macphail also acted as a role model and had an important task of demolishing this gender wall. Women were able to reach an aspect of greater equality during the twentieth century, with the help of Emily Murhpy, Nellie McClung and Agnes Macphail.
Before World War I, equality for woman and men were very unfair. Woman weren’t even legally “persons”; they weren’t allowed to join parliament or the senate because they weren’t legally “persons”, therefore these jobs were occupied by men only. During World War I and World War II, many men had left for war, thus meaning there were many job openings that needed to be occupied as soon as possible, women then began to take on stereotypical male jobs which men thought women couldn’t do or couldn’t do as well. Women showed their capabilities and realized they shouldn’t be considered less than men. In retaliation of not being considered “persons”, women decided to take action. The famous five brought the persons case upon the supreme court of Canada in 1927, which was finally determined by Judicial Council of Britain's Privy Council in 1929. The “persons” case involved women not legally being “persons”. After the famous five won the case, women were legally considered “persons” then women began to join important jobs such as members of parliament and the senate. Along with becoming “persons”, women were beginning to get their right to vote in provinces slowly. In 1916, four provinces gave women the right to vote provincially and, finally, in 1940, the last province (Quebec) gave women the right to vote provincially. Later, in World War II, there was another change in
Canadian workplaces today seem to be a fairly diverse place, with a blend of many religions, ethnicities, and genders present. However, although people preach affirmative action and melting pots in current times, many inequality and power issues still abound. One strikingly noticeable example is gender discrimination. Women in the workforce face many challenges like smaller wages, harassment, male privilege in hiring or promotions, and lack of support when pregnant or raising children. One half of the planet is women, and it can be assumed the same for Canada, but they still face judgment at work because they lack the authority to dispute against big corporations or even their male supervisor. It cannot be argued that Canadian women’s status has worsened over the past hundred years, of course, thanks to feminism and activism. However, their status is not as high as it could be. Women as a group first started fighting for workplace equality during the second wave of feminism, from the 1960s to the 1990s. Legislation was approved during the second wave to try to bring gender equality to the workplace. Feminists both collided and collaborated with unions and employers to ensure women received fair treatment in an occupation. Quebec had the same issues, only the province approached the conflict differently than English Canada with its own unique viewpoint. It became clear that women were entering the workplace and did not plan on leaving. Second-wave feminism in Canada shifted power from the government and businesses to women in order to try to bring equality, although the discrimination never completely disappeared.
Canada was determined to create a strong nation state during the first few decades of the twentieth century. Immigrants from various countries moved to Canada in hopes of prospering in a country that promised them so much. But not every immigrant was treated fairly. This is why intersectionality is necessary to consider because of existing complexities that exist within different groups of people. It is essential to examine the intersections of class, race/ethnicity, and gender, in order to understand why particular migrant groups experienced certain social and economic inequalities in the first three decades of the twentieth century.
“Honey, you’re not a person, now get back in the kitchen and make me a sandwich!” If a husband were to say these words to his wife today, he would likely receive a well-deserved smack to the face. It is not until recently that Canadian women have received their status as people and obtained equal rights as men. Women were excluded from an academic education and received a lesser pay than their male counter parts. With the many hardships women had to face, women were considered the “slave of slaves” (Women’s Rights). In the past century, women have fought for their rights, transitioning women from the point of being a piece of property to “holding twenty-five percent of senior positions in Canada” (More women in top senior positions: Report). The Married Women’s Property Act, World War I, The Person’s Case, and Canadian Human Rights Act have gained Canadian women their rights.
From 1960 to 1990 the women’s movement in Canada played a significant role in history concerning the revolution of women’s rights. Although it was a long road coming for them, they were able to achieve the rights they deserved. Women struggled for equality rights to men but primarily their rights as a person. Since the 1960s women’s rights had significantly changed, they had to work hard for the rights that they have in the present day. Females across the nation started speaking out against gender inequality, divorce, and abortion. This uprising coincided with the Women’s Movement. Through the Royal Commission on the status of women they were able to gain equality rights and they were able to have access to legal abortions through the Charter Rights of Freedom and obtain no-fault divorce through the Divorce Act of 1986.
In today’s times, women are more equal to men than they ever have been, even though differences like the wage gap exist. However, the rights of women have come a long way since even as little as a hundred years ago. How is this possible? Women have fought – and won – against the inequalities that they have faced. Powerful women like Carrie Chapman Catt, Ida Wells-Barnett, and Jane Addams who fought diligently during the Progressive Era in order to close the vast gap between men and women. It is because of these women, and so many others, that so many reforms came about since the Progressive Era.
In the majority of early cultures and societies, women have always been considered subservient and inferior to men. Since the first wave of feminism in the 19th century, women began to revolt against those prejudicial social boundaries by branching out of the submissive scope, achieving monumental advances in their roles in civilization. However, gender inequality is still prevalent in developed countries. Women frequently fall victim to gender-based assault and violence, suffer from superficial expectations, and face discriminatory barriers in achieving leadership roles in employment and equal pay. Undoubtedly, women have gained tremendous recognition in their leaps towards equal opportunity, but to condone these discrepancies, especially
For Canada to become a fully mature nation, it needs equality among both genders, women’s rights should be equal to men’s rights. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Canadian women were subordinate to Canadian men, not only in politics, but in most aspects of living. Most men believed that women were not able to accomplish anything a man could, or be wise enough to vote. In 1914, Manitoba Premier Sir Rodmond Roblin said that “the majority of women are emotional, and if given the franchise would be a menace rather than an aid." (Women Get The Vote ) Seeing that this man was in an authoritative position, his statement was an example of a typical and common viewpoint at the time. Many men agreed with him, and Canadian society did not legally allow women all the rights men had. Women made up a majority of the Canadian population, yet they did not have the right to vote, which made Canada an immature society at this time. By 1914...
Even a brief history discloses the fact that its darkest periods had taken place when individuals failed to acknowledge other human beings as persons; thus, as equals. The denial of personhood to definite members of the society or classes within the human family is traditionally linked to endeavors to deprive them of the basic rights, as well as privileges. The history of women in Canada spans for many decades in which they underwent harrowing experiences because of lack of equality in the society that was dominated by men. The women faced a lot of injustices. Canada has been historically guilty of discrimination; which in hindsight is acknowledged as arbitrary, as well as oppressive. The Canadian women were not taken as persons until October
Many ancient laws and beliefs show that women from all around the world have always been considered inferior to men. However, as time went on, ideas of equality circulated around and women started to demand equality. Many women fought for equality and succeeded in bringing some rights. However, full equality for women has yet to be fulfilled. This issue is important because many women believe that the rights of a person should not be infringed no matter what their gender is, and by not giving them equality, their rights are being limited. During the periods 1840 to 1968, total equality for women did not become a reality due to inadequate political representation, economic discrepancy, and commercial objectification.
Women have been treated unequally since the beginning of time. Just recently have things began to change for the better for women and the future of our society. The increase in women’s equality rights will take time, but some day women and men will be treated equally. This cannot happen until each of us is able to look at a person and just see another individual, not a male or a female, white or black, rich or poor… a person as just a person.
From the beginning of time, females have played a powerful role in the shaping of this world. They have stood by idly and watched as this country moved on without them, and yet they have demanded equal rights as the nation rolls along. Through the years the common belief has been that women could not perform as well as men in anything, but over the years that belief has been proven wrong time and time again. So as time marches on, women have clawed and fought their way up the ladder to gain much needed equal respect from the opposite sex. However, after many years of pain and suffering, the battle for equal rights has not yet been won. Since women have fought for a long time and proven their importance in society, they deserve the same rights as men.
Throughout history, women have remained subordinate to men. Subjected to the patriarchal system that favored male perspectives, women struggled against having considerably less freedom, rights, and having the burdens society placed on them that had been so ingrained the culture. This is the standpoint the feminists took, and for almost 160 years they have been challenging the “unjust distribution of power in all human relations” starting with the struggle for equality between men and women, and linking that to “struggles for social, racial, political, environmental, and economic justice”(Besel 530 and 531). Feminism, as a complex movement with many different branches, has and will continue to be incredibly influential in changing lives.