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Secondary IV • 1yr.

Hello,

Could someone explain to me what feminism is and what feminist demands are, please?

Thank you ! :)

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    Team Alloprof • 1yr. edited September 2021

    Hello mangousteagile51,

    Thank you for your question! :)

    Feminism is a movement that promotes the rights and interests of women and aims to eliminate injustices and inequalities that affect women.

    Towards the end of the 19th century, social inequalities between men and women were reinforced by capitalism and industrialization. Women then regrouped in order to put pressure on for obtaining the right to vote (regrouping of suffragettes), the right to stand for election and access to university studies. After long debates, women finally obtained the right to vote at the federal level (Canada) in 1918. In Quebec, women won the right to vote only in 1940. In the 20th century, women had other demands: equality gender (at social, legal and political levels), pay equity (being paid like men for the same job), access to abortion and access to subsidized child care centers to enable them to work.

    Feminism, however, is not a movement that operates only in the political and economic spheres. Indeed, the arts and culture also participated in the emancipation of women. Moreover, women were very involved in the Quiet Revolution (1960-1966), that period in Quebec history was marked by political, social, cultural and identity changes.

    It should be noted that feminism is still relevant and that struggles continue to be waged in Quebec, Canada and elsewhere in the world to this day.

    I hope this explanation will enlighten you on the subject!

    Let us know if we can help you with anything else!

    -Marilee