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Open Minds Discussion Series

Wed., Jan. 20, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Location: College Avenue Campus, University of Regina (CB 106)

I'm Not a Feminist But...A Brief History of Canadian Women's Activism
Presented by: Donica Belisle, Department of History
With: Darlene Juschka, Department of Women's and Gender Studies & Carmen Robertson, Department of Visual Arts

“Because it’s 2015.” So said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when, in Fall 2015, he announced his gender-balanced Cabinet. For the first time in history, Canada’s Members of Parliament are almost completely balanced in terms of male and female representation.  

Does this gender-balanced Cabinet mean that Prime Minister Trudeau is a feminist? What is feminism, anyway? This talk will address these questions, offering a brief history of Canadian women’s struggles for equality. From the 1967 Royal Commission on the Status of Women to the launching of Take Back the Night Marches to the recently announced national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, this talk will examine what it has meant, exactly, to support women’s rights in Canada.

All are welcome. Visit the Open Minds website for more details.