Feminism In Canada

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In 1968, a group of women came together to talk about women’s issues and what could be done to improve the lives of all women in Canada. At the time it was revolutionary, a second wave of feminism was brought to Canada and the issues affecting women were finally being addressed. (Din & Cho, 2012) It’s now been over 45 years since this first meeting occurred and the lives of women have changed in many ways such as the increase in women joining the workforce, and the legalization of abortion in Canada. However, while the feminist movement has made substantial improvements to the rights of women, there are still areas that need to be addressed, like the policy implementation of childcare, aboriginal issues, and women’s participation in government. …show more content…
(Lang-Dion and Wicks, 2007) There are currently 77 women sitting in the House of Commons, which is less than the minimum 30% benchmark required to ensure the critical mass of women parliamentarians. (Library of Parliament, 2010, p.4) As well, there are currently only 12 female members of parliament that are sitting as a part of the Cabinet in comparison to the 27 men. There is currently a deficit of women making the important decisions in parliament. Women are being underrepresented and this creates a democratic deficit in terms of how and which laws are being enacted. (Lang-Dion and Wicks, 2007) This is one of the areas where, while there have been improvements, there is still a lot more that can be done to promote the appointment of women in politics. This gap is not due to lack of qualified candidates or a lack of willingness of the public to elect female officials, but due to lack of females on the ballot. (Bashevkin, 2009, p. 349) The Conservative Party of Canada currently has a majority government, but only 20% of their candidates are women, compared to 40% of the NDP candidates. (Library of Parliament, 2010, p. 4) Without more accountability on parties to add more females on the ballots, we may never reach the 30% milestone. Ensuring that there is an adequate amount of women in parliament is important to the democratic process. …show more content…
Childcare has been a concern since the 1970s, but there is still not a national plan, which limits career opportunities for many working mothers since the responsibility for childcare primary falls on them. Aboriginal women 's safety issues have been ignored for many years and it is time to address the complex social issues that are putting them at risk. Finally, there needs to be more women in parliament, as it will be necessary to implement feminist policies. The second wave of women’s right has been important to address issues such as women’s access to employment as well as protecting women’s reproductive rights, but it may be time for a third, more focused movement. The gap between men and women in parliament needs to close to ensure that women 's issues can be properly addressed. There will never be equality between the sexes until the social problems that mainly affect women become an important political issue. It is now time for women to come together again and address the issues that still exist, but seem to be largely ignored by society because they can be easily ignored. When people stand together, both men and women, to address a problem that is affecting its members, change will

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