Well Women’s History Month is almost over but I thought I’d post some interesting articles because women’s history doesn’t exist in a vaccum and should really be talked about all year round.
But one thing that is special about this October is that it’s the 80th anniversary of the Persons Case, when on October 18, 1929 Canadian women became officially “persons.” It’s a big milestone but something we can’t take for granted. I reminded myself today that my 92-year-old grandmother, who’s alive today, spent over a decade of her life not being considered a person!
Eighty years wasn’t so long ago. And status isn’t something we can take for granted today. Sexism and other forms of discrimination still exist and gender rights can’t be separated from other social stratifications such as class, race, and sexual orientation. There are still issues to talk about and work to do on a number of fronts.
For example, the Shriver report on women in America has been widely talked about in news and the American blogosphere. Maria Shriver points out the female-to-male ratio in the workforce as evidence of workplace equality. But many feminists like the lovely writers at Feminists for Choice point out how much inequality still exists. My “What Gender is Your Recession” article in the Vancouver Observer also touches on the misleading coverage of the “he-cession”-caused false equality.
But learning women’s history and the history of equality struggles and sexual rebels can help us contextualize what we see around us on a day to day basis. And a lot of it is fun and interesting too.
So take some time to check out some women’s history resources. And remember, you don’t have to stop when November comes along.