Tag Archives: women

How the Media Framed Take Back the Night, Vancouver, 2013

The media is the main source of information regarding numerous events in society, thus shaping our understandings and opinions on a continual basis. Without the extensive coverage of the news, many events would be left invisible to the general public. That being said, it is crucial to always remain critical of the messages being portrayed. […]

Take Back the Night: An Overview

For years, women in society have been given rules to abide by, and are reprimanded if they do not follow them. Some of these rules include: dressing respectably; and avoiding unsafe areas at night, unless in the presence of a male. In response to these unwritten rules, a group of European women came together in […]

Women’s Suffrage: The Difference between Prosecution and Persecution

Women suffragette’s organized themselves and protested against inequality and their lack of rights for a span of decades between the late 19th century and early 20th century.  During this time in Canada, patriarchy was deeply embedded in the social, economic and political fabric of the nation and many women were ready for a change.  The […]

Manly Women: Depicitons of Women Suffraggettes in the Media

Women in Canada made tireless efforts over a span of decades before being granted franchise.  Media coverage of this struggle existed from the inception and continued through the duration of the plight.  It is telling to examine the role media played in the suppression of dissent prior to the Wartime Elections Act in comparison to […]

Slutwalk: Moving Against Intolerance and Toward Education

The ‘SlutWalk’ movement began in 2011 after Toronto policeman caused an outcry by telling a group of York  University students that women should ‘avoid dressing like sluts’ in order to avoid being sexually assaulted. It prompted protest marches by women wearing very little and holding signs such as “No means No”. His words had sparked […]

Women’s Suffrage in Canada

In 1876 British common law did not view women as persons who were entitled to the same rights and privileges as men (The Nellie McClung Foundation 2003).  It is also at this time that women were questioning the quality of their lives and acknowledging the harsh realities of a women’s life in Canada. Drunkenness was […]