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By Constance Backhouse, David H. Flaherty

By permitting the reader to attract comparisons among women's activities in Canada and the U.S., not easy instances indicates that yes political and theoretical matters go beyond overseas borders, ebbing and flowing among the 2 international locations symbiotically. issues mentioned comprise the origins of "second-stage feminism," the energy of the women's circulate inside of educational constructions, and the demanding situations posed through racial, ethnic, and sophistication variety; violence opposed to girls; the promise and bounds of criminal reform; reproductive expertise; and financial discrimination. Readers who're attracted to the new background of the North American women's stream will locate solutions to a lot of their questions about the victories, defeats, and primary demanding situations dealing with glossy feminism. those that were lively within the present wave of feminism, both as critical members or severe critics, will locate difficult occasions both interesting since it endeavours to supply solutions to urgent questions about the character of feminism, the inter-relationships and tensions among diversified sectors of the move, and the customers for destiny development. a few of the individuals to this quantity have lived via and for my part formed the unfolding of the wealthy background of North American feminism. as well as Backhouse and Flaherty, the individuals are Catharine A. MacKinnon, Greta Hofmann Nemiroff, Monique Bégin, Mariana Valverde, Naomi Black, Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Micheline de Sève, Micheline Dumont, Margrit Eichler, Sara M. Evans, Marianne A. Ferber, Lorraine Greaves, Marjorie Heins, M. Patricia Fernández Kelly, Patricia A. Monture-Okanee, Arun Mukherjee, Jean F. O'Barr, Christine total, Glenda Simms, and Jill Vickers.

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What they had to say was most empowering, and it seemed to me that the intrinsic merit of their 34 Monique Begin case was so obvious that society - the state - would have to understand and readjust as soon as the report and its recommendations, demonstrating what needed to be done, were released. TWENTY YEARS AFTER Texts still refer to the RCSW as a landmark in Canadian women's history. The fact is that the report, which we saw as an instrument of change for women and for all concerned in society, went through several printings and is still consulted.

Many groups became feminist in purpose but remained traditional in their views of politics and organization. "10 In Canada, this did not prevent co-operation between women and groups from the two aspects. "11 Her description of the women's liberation movement, however, was inclusive of other positions including liberal feminism. Describing the women's liberation movement as "a generic term covering a large spectrum of positions," she divided the movement into the three familiar ideological positions (liberal, left, and radical), adding that "all three broad segments have their own validity, all three are important.

This page intentionally left blank PART ONE The Origins of the Contemporary Women's Movement in Canada and the United States This page intentionally left blank THE F O U R E S S A Y S IN THIS PART A T T E M P T TO E X A M I N E THE various factors that provided the originating impetus for the most recent wave of the women's movements in Canada and the United States. Monique Begin and Jill Vickers describe the initial resurfacing of the organized feminist movement in Canada in the 19608, Sara Evans portrays a similar burst of energy in the United States in the same decade, and Micheline Dumont recounts the somewhat earlier awakening of feminist activism in Quebec in the 19405.

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