When equality is achieved!
But wouldn’t life be easier if we just let it go, stop harping and be satisfied.
Suffragette is a word which brings to mind mad women rioting in the streets, being arrested, and causing general unrest amongst the accepted norm. Today, we are feminist. But to think that we are less than century since women were granted the opportunity to vote here in Canada, I am so eternally grateful to those women who were willing to endure hunger strikes, beatings, the loss of family and friends, and many their lives, so we can have the same opportunity as our male counterpart.
Let’s not forget though, even when women won the right to vote, this came with many provisions and limitations, leaving Quebec women out of the opportunity, provincially, until 1940, and indigenous women weren’t enfranchised federally until 1960! By today’s standards it’s outrageous to think we weren’t considered “Persons under the Law” until the Valiant Five launched the “Persons Case” in 1927.
As I write this, it is my hope that the next generation of women will look back on our history of struggles and value a pay cheque worthy of their skills. Because today we still have a long way to go to achieve equality.
According to 2014 statistics, Canadian women’s incomes are 82% of men’s. Women are continually overlooked for managerial positions. This gap persists across age, education, labour markets, and family type. Where a man typically never has to choose between career and family, almost all professional women are asked to make that choice at some point.
So, today, make the choice. Stick with the fight. Be the soldier of change. Educate your sons and daughters on the importance of equality in all aspects of life: profession—family—governance. AND never forget the sacrifices of those who came before us.