One hundred years ago Sunday was the watershed 1913 women's suffrage march in Washington, D.C. Plus, Friday is International Women's Day. It's therefore the perfect moment to reflect on the strategies and tactics of several generations of amazing women.
We all know that the suffragettes won in the end by securing the vote for U.S. women in 1920. But to stop with that fact is to miss the phenomenal, inspirational, often nail-biting and groundbreaking campaign that preceded their win, as well as the lessons they have for activists today.
To start, I didn't want to write this. So I searched hoping to find someone that had a similar experience to share and to read their take on their progression from "pro-life/anti-choice/anti- abortion" to believing in and advocating for abortion rights. I'm sharing this story of my past anti-choice activism because it is a past I have been ashamed of. Yet it also shaped me and is part of what, ironically, made me who I am today.
This, in the end, is a story about how destructive an influence this movement can be not only socially, but to individuals as well.
In the late '80s, when I was 16, my mother had decided to move the family away from the inner 'rough' city of Toronto and to take us to live, tucked away, in safe, clean, boring suburbia.
As a English student, I've often been inclined to defend the value of discussion as means of political and social change. Yet the numerous protests and uprisings that have swept the globe in the past year - from the Arab Spring, to Occupy Wall Street, to the current student strike in Québec - all seem to have powerfully illustrated that in many ways, the time for talking is over.
When governments and institutions do not respond to the needs of the people, we take to the streets. Slutwalk is no exception to this phenomenon.
Throughout history, women have strived for equality, gaining rights, freedoms, voices, and choices. Why should we go back in time?
The Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada is pleased to present the winning video in our recent video contest (Fall 2011). Congratulations to winner Steph Caskenette of Kitchener Ontario!
All drawings and animation done by Steph Caskenette.
Ontario has one of the world's largest gender pay gaps: 29% We need to start thinking of this as a group issue, one that crosses the lines of gender, class, ethnicity, etc. Together we can demand political leadership to close the pay gap. Thanks to http://genwhymedia.ca/ for their amazing work on the video and Aidan Knight for the music http://aidanknight.com/.