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Books About Women's History  by Mary Ann Shadd, newspaper publisher
Books About Women's History

Books About Women's History

Because it's 2016, the centennary of the year when many women won the vote in provincial elections, Herizons offers up a list of books all about the contributions women made to Canada's equality rights throughout history, from the Underground Railroad to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A Brief History of Women in Quebec,Wilfrid Laurier University Press, by Denyse Baillargeon

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End All Sexism in the Indian Act  by Penni Mitchell
End All Sexism in the Indian Act

End All Sexism in the Indian Act

There is a Cheyene saying, “A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground.”

Look around. It’s been 150 years since British colonies drew up the British North America Act to lay the groundwork for their nation, and Indigenous women are still fighting for their nationhood. Specifically, they’re taking aim at another colonial document, the Indian Act of 1876, and the sexism that’s excluded them from receiving Indian status on an equal basis for 141 years.

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Equality Should Be the Icing on the Marriage Cake  by Joanna Chiu
Equality Should Be the Icing on the Marriage Cake

Equality Should Be the Icing on the Marriage Cake

I am puzzled by many Western wedding traditions. My multicultural family chooses which customs to observe, and, usually, efforts are minimal. We may roast a duck on Thanksgiving, peer at the moon on Mid-Autumn Festival, or go to the movies on Christmas Day, after unwrapping gifts bought the day before at Superstore.

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Refashioning Fashion  by Ayesha Mian Akram
Refashioning Fashion

Refashioning Fashion

As a Muslim woman who practices hijab—the wearing of modest clothing and covering my hair—I spend a lot of time navigating. I navigate the politics of being a Muslim woman in Canada and the politics of finding modest, yet
stylish clothing. I also navigate the politics of buying clothing that’s not only ethical for the environment, but also ethical to my fellow human beings.

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Pussies Against Feminism  by Lyn Cockburn
Pussies Against Feminism

Pussies Against Feminism

They’re mostly well-educated, young and female, and they want us to know that they don’t need feminism.

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