A reader writes in:
I’m a long time feminist who’s only recently got into action. I’ve been reading Feministe, Feministing, and a bunch of other blogs and activist sites… but so many of them are about American activism and action.
I’m Canadian. I have basic health care, a system that probably under incarcerates, no threat to the legality of abortion but problems with access (caused in part by threats from US anti-choice activists), pretty stable and easy access to legal help and funding for issues of employment, sexual harrassment and/or wage discrimination, and access to education that is generally more affordable. Women make up more than 50% of the university enrollment here, and we’re making great strides in graduating women in sciences and mathematics. We’ve had some movement with wage parity in recent years. We have up to 52 weeks of compensated parental leave available. We have 16 weeks of compensated compassionate leave to provide help in giving end of life care or critical care to any immediate family member, including in-laws.
So much of the English language feminist talk online is about the US. How do talk about it in a way that shows that we’ve worked hard, we’ve won victories, but we still have a long way to go with First Nations/Aboriginal women, with immigrant women, and with white, middle-class women. My cause is trying elect 1/3 women in 1/3 of the House of Commons here. I believe that a cross section of women elected to represent women in the legislature would do us a great deal of good, and very little harm. How do I talk about this in a way that shows that I’m sensitive to the needs of diverse groups, but that makes the case that election to the House of Commons isn’t just about white, privileged women.
Thanks from a neighbour to the North.
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