U.S. women struggle for equality

Watching the epic struggle over women’s rights in our southern neighbour these days makes me again glad to be Canadian.

I am especially glad for the women of Canada, who in the 1970s fought to establish the legal rights of women here. The issue was finalized in Section 28 of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which asserts: “Men and women are equal under the law.”

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American women so far have had all their attempts at such equalization rejected. In the U.S., the issue has resulted in political warfare between “women’s rights” and the establishment.

Doris Anderson’s autobiography Rebel Daughter describes her difficulties with the establishment when she was chair of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

Kathleen Stewart

Victoria

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