The Negative Importance Of The Women's Movement In Canada

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It is clear today, that the term “feminism” has been heavily referenced in the entertainment/media industry. Many celebrities and political figures have identified themselves as a feminist such as Shailene Woodley, Demi Lovato, Beyoncé, Hillary Clinton and etc. This type of movement has encouraged many people including young people around the world to identify themselves as a feminist. That is to say, many feminist organizations in past history have been vigorously fighting on the issue of feminism and bringing forth the issues that women have been facing for many years such as equality rights. Even with feminism being brought to light in a positive way, many individuals still carry a strong negative connotation towards the term “feminism.” …show more content…
According to an article called “The Women’s Movement in Canada” written by Jacquetta Newman and Linda White discusses the importance of women’s movement by stating “we see a diverse movement with a rich history constructed on a growing understanding of the experiences of women and the need for action to bring about social change. It is not especially cohesive, homogenous, or given to espousing one specific goal, but has developed as women have elaborated strategies to end women’s oppression and make their lives better (Hobbs and Rice, 657). The first women’s movement was started by “The First Wave: Political and Civil Rights”, even with this particular movement, they still struggled to bring awareness of political and civil rights for women because of the sexism received in this particular movement. For example, during the 1900s, many unions were mostly men. When women were fighting for better working condition and fairer workers’ rights, many of the men working in unions were not supportive of this movement. The reason behind this was because “it was difficult to organize women scattered among small shops or in home-based manufacturing; unionization efforts tended to focus on organizing skilled male workers; male unionist were often suspicious of and …show more content…
“For women of color, feminism has often seemed competitive with movements for racial justice. In former colonies and developing countries, suspicion, if not fear of feminism may result from its association with Western colonialism. In some cultures, feminism connotes a form of rampant individualism associated with the worst features of contemporary Western societies”(citation, pg 39). Significantly, this evidence demonstrates that women of colour have a difficult time bringing out the message of the struggles being racialized women as they struggle to find ways for their environment to accept feminism movements to bring awareness of equality. That being said, many racialized feminism groups have different agenda compare to other feminist groups. The main agenda for anti-racist feminist groups were to focus on deconstructing the race and gender issues by examining the historical patterns of exclusion, violence and hierarchy. This type of movement can be considered to be intersectionality feminism, which examines the race, class and gender (citation lecture). All things considered, it can be shown that many feminist groups are fighting on issues such as equality, but are struggling to bring

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