Demanding Equality: One Hundred Years of Canadian Feminism
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Published: June 2021
Imprint: UBC Press
Page Count: 484 Pages
Illustrations: 60 b&w photos, graphics, and cartoons
Dimensions: 6.20 x 9.20
484 Pages, 6.20 x 9.20 x 1.30 in, 60 b&w photos, graphics, and cartoons
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In a wide-ranging survey of Canadian feminism from the 1880s to the 1980s, Demanding Equality reveals a continuous, vibrant, and often contentious search for equality, autonomy, and dignity.
For one hundred years women fashioned different dreams of social transformation in their search for equality, autonomy, and dignity; yet what is Canadian feminism?
Demanding Equality offers illustrations of feminist thought and organizing from mid-nineteenth-century, Enlightenment-inspired writing to the multi-issue movement of the 1980s. Broadening our definition of feminism – and recognizing that its political, cultural, and social dimensions are entangled – Joan Sangster explores the different pathways pursued to gain equality. She challenges the popular “wave” theory, concluding that feminist activism was continuous, despite changing significantly across decades.
Demanding Equality presents a picture of a heterogeneous movement characterized by both alliances and fierce internal debates. This comprehensive rear-view look at feminism in all its political guises encourages a wider public conversation about what Canadian feminism has been, is, and should be.
1 Spreading the Word of Women's Emancipation
2 The Origins of Socialist and Labour Feminism
3 Feminism, Democracy, and Suffrage
4 Reform Feminism and Women’s Right to Work
5 Agrarian, Labour, and Socialist Feminism after the First World War
6 Feminism and the Party Question
7 Feminism, War, and Peace
8 Feminism in a Cold War Climate
9 Liberating Feminisms
10 Feminist Organizing in the 1970s and 1980s
11 Afterword: Feminist Challenges of the 1990s and Beyond