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Women's Inequality

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Transcript of Women's Inequality

Women and Inequality in Canada (1890-1914)
BY: Wania & Haleema
When we think about inequality between genders we would think of Canada as a country which is not suffering from this. In the past women have fought for their rights, some of them have been given while some still remain. We're going to take you back into the past and show how it all started.
Canadian women have been fighting for their rights since 1800’s. Without the women who fought for their rights in the late 1800s and early 1900s things would be very different today. If women had let men be the dominate sex, us Canadians women's would nit have half of the rights we have. Job opportunities would be very rare. Even though according to Huffington Post thinks that it will take 228 years for come continue to fight for what we deserve we can achieve equality much earlier.
Explain the Situation
During the 1890’s women weren’t treated equally like men. This is because women were looked as the weaker gender. They were and still to this day looked upon as the weaker gender; there were differences in education, employment, voting and society in general. Even the Aboriginal society started to have differences; before the Europeans came the Aboriginals were equal to each other. But what happened when they came was they “showed” them the idea of inequality and how men were considered the more dominate gender compared to women.
The earliest activism was mainly:
• Women’s right to vote
• Increased property
• Increased access to education

Describe the Inequality
Explain the Situation
Describe the Inequality
Explain the Situation
In 1893 was when the National Council Of Women of Canada was formed. It was designed to bring together representative of different women’s groups across the country. This gave a a place for woman to communicate their ideas and concerns within themselves. Before this had happened, in 1884 widows and unmarried were allowed to vote in municipal elections in Ontario. By the end of the 19th Century majority of teaching jobs and nursing was done by women. While other women did: Dressmaking, sewing, tailoring, house-keeping, laundering, millinery and sales-clerking. According to the 1891 Canadian Census almost 196,000 women's had jobs. During the 1900s the only job available that gave a pension to women was teaching. But most of the time after a woman had gotten married they had to stop working, the ones that did teach were teaching primary and junior schools, men taught secondary and higher.
Almost between 1901 and 1911 the female labour had increased by 50% but women were getting half of what men were making. It was mostly single women who did jobs, other women who did were considered “unfortunate” such as: widows, divorced, separated or the wives of the unemployed. In 1900 “The Married Women’s Property Act” makes a wife responsible for her own property, profits, etc, She is now also responsible for her children along with the man.
Historical Women:
1. Grace Annie Lockhart- first women to get Bachelor's in the British Empire. (1875)
2. Irma LeVassuer- 1st woman doctor in the Province of Quebec.
3. Clara Brett Martin- Canada’s first female lawyer. (1897)
4. Emma Baker- she was the 1st woman to receive a Ph.D at the University of Toronto.


P.O.V of Oppressed
The women’s wanted change in how men were treating them. They were very determined to get their rights given to them, they fought long and hard and they finally got some. The women’s felt like they were the minority and no one cared about them, which was true for a while since women’s weren’t considered actual people early in the 19th century. People like Adelaide Hoodless are recognized for fighting for woman rights, Hoodless co-founded the National Council of Women of Canada; she herself had felt the down side of inequality pretty much all her life and decided it was time for change. She wanted to change the life of women, women at the time just stayed at home and took care of the children. She wanted men and women to both be equal for both of them to support themselves.
Augusta Gullen was also well known since she was the first woman to graduate from a Canadian medical school. She made a very important request to Dr. Barrett and other people involved in the medical field. She wanted there to be a medical collage for woman since they wouldn't be able 100% to be accepted in to normal ones. She wanted there to be a change in the educational life of women instead of sometimes going to school as a child, she wanted women to be able to go to universities and get an education like men did. Gullen succeeded with her goal for a medical school for women since she had established Ontario Medical College for Women. In conclusion the woman weren't getting treated equally like men but they never sat around for men to give them their rights, the woman fought till they got the rights they needed.
Women could not vote, had no property rights, lacked access to education, and were not looked upon as “persons” in law.
Women were not able to have as much access to education as men did in the 1880’s. women were discouraged to further their learning after high school. Most women would not go to college and instead were expected to take care of their families and stay home.
Women could not vote until 1918, most men in power at the time did not think that women should be able to vote because they thought that all government rests ultimately on force, which in their minds women could not physically contribute. Although women could vote in 1918 this did not include Aboriginal and Asian women.
Women usually had no property rights, whatever they had either belonged to their father or their husband. Once married, all the women’s property was given to her husband.

Aboriginal Women:

for the aboriginal women the inequality began when the Europeans came. Before the Europeans came to Canada the aboriginal women were strong political leaders. The Indian act (1876) strips aboriginal women of their rights, this act doesn’t recognize aboriginal women as a legal Indian unless she has a father or husband.This caused conflicts such as the European men fur traders not agreeing to trade with Aboriginal women even though they were usually responsible for the fur trades in the tribes.
P.O.V of Oppressed
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