Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Celebrating International Women's Day in the New Canada
I will never forget as long as I live, that the very first thing Stephen Harper did when he came to power was attack the rights of women.
By ordering his minions to remove the words "women's equality" from every document of the Status of Women.
Or forget how his depraved years in power were marked by the most miserable misogyny.
So you can imagine how happy I feel that on this International Women's Day I am now living in a new Canada.
Where our new prime minister is standing up for women rights.
By among other things, making his cabinet gender equal.
Promising to investigate the fate of these missing or murdered aboriginal women...
No matter how much it costs, or how long and painful is the process.
And is a man who clearly loves and respects women...
Unlike the grotesque misogynist Stephen Harper, who hated them so much he tried to erase all traces of feminist history.
The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate the War of 1812 and other episodes from Canadian history, but has also erased at least one inspiring piece of the past.
Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister’s banner.
An image of Casgrain and her namesake volunteer-award medal also disappeared from Canada’s $50 bank note in 2012, replaced by the image of an icebreaker on a new currency series.
An image of the so-called Famous Five women was removed from the same bank note.
While the Trudeau government is asking Canadians to help decide what iconic Canadian woman should appear on a new bank note.
Which won't be easy because there are so many distinguished women in this country and its history whose achievements have never been properly recognized.
And of course I love this message from our new government that tells me that we really are living in a new Canada...
As for who to celebrate that's not easy either, because again there are so many.
But I'm going to start with my Mum, and my sister, and my grandmothers, who were all feminists in their own way, and raised me to respect women.
And who although I was a wild rebellious teenager who was always getting into fights, taught me how to be strong but gentle.
As well as teaching me among so many other things, how to iron my own shirt.
Woohoo. Take that my hapless male friends. So wrinkled and so green with envy.
And of course, I'd like to take the occasion to wish all my female readers happy international Women's Day.
We have so far to go, but let's fight the miserable misogynists of this world together, and send this message to girls and women everywhere.
One day there will be justice, and you will free to dream of being anyone or doing anything you want...
As you may know, I strongly believe that only women can save the world from the mess violent men have made of it.
So let's all join the fight for women's rights.
And help make a better world for all of us...
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