Canadian Women and the Struggle for Equality by Lorna R. Marsden

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What range of possibilities might appear on the horizon to a young woman today as she contemplates her future compared to those envisioned by a young woman 150 years ago? And how would her daily life be different? The degree of change in women's lives in Canada over the last 150 years is staggering, and much is the result of the fight for greater equality. How did this change take place?

Establishing equality as a fact of daily life has been a protracted struggle, and one that remains far from finished. Over the last century and a half since Confederation, this struggle has taken on a unique character in Canada, given our country's peculiar circumstances. Lorna R. Marsden, sociologist and activist-who has herself been involved in the action-chronicles the circumstances, the people, and the social changes that have characterized women's journey down the long road toward equality. Her account considers changes brought about by such forces as war, immigration, and public health, as well as other complex historical changes, such as legal evolution and employment opportunities.

This fascinating book is full of insight, little known facts (for example, many women could vote as early as 1791 in some parts of Canada), and an understanding of the complex ways that a society like Canada can and does change. It also reminds us that there is still a distance to go in the journey toward equality.

About Lorna R. Marsden

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Lorna R. Marsden is a sociologist, activist, and former politician. She was the president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University and York University and sat in the Canadian Senate from 1984 to 1992. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.
Published July 5, 2012 by Oxford University Press. 272 pages
Genres: History, Gay & Lesbian.

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