Indigos Shine Light on Politics, Gay Marriage and Making Music by Cindy Filipenko
It’s a typical muggy July afternoon in Vancouver. Inside the Commodore Ballroom—a relic from the ’20s restored to its art deco splendour five years ago—the Indigo Girls’ sound check is dragging.
Amy Ray, the dark-haired Indigo Girl known for her gravelly vocals and edgier songwriting style, is a little frustrated as she runs through the evening’s set list and corrects the levels for the duo’s plethora of stringed instruments.
The Dearth of a Nation by Sheila Nopper
In this article, Afua Cooper blows the whistle on Canada's history of slavery and gives a voice to unsung heroes of the past.
Afua Cooper is a poet and writer whose work includes Memories Have Tongue, Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry and Dub, and (with co-editors Peggy Bristow and Dionne Brand) We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History.
Turbo Chicks: Talkin' 'bout My Generation by Krista Scott-Dixon
"Third-wave feminism" is a catchy yet contested term for the ideas and activism of young North American women. Lara Karaian, Allyson Mitchell and Lisa Rundle created an anthology that reflects the issues and experiences of these women. Their book, Turbo Chicks, (Sumach Press, 2001) challenges the image of young women as apathetic, apolitical dupes of an anti-feminist backlash. Instead, the contributors to Turbo Chicks present a lively, intriguing series of opinions and perspectives which are by turns thoughtful, provocative, funny, angry and poignant.
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms 20 Years Later by Debra Parkes and Sara Lugtig
The federal government wants you to mark April 17, 2002 on your calendar. On that day, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will turn 20. There will be ceremonies on Parliament Hill, academic conferences and media retrospectives commemorating this milestone in Canada's constitutional history.
The Speech that Shook the Country by Sunera Thobani
Sunera Thobani's speech at the "Women's Resistance: From Victimization to Criminalization" conference in Ottawa on October 1 2001, provoked a storm of controversy after her remarks were interpreted as blaming the September 11th terrorist attacks on U.S. foreign policy. Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, described it as a "terrible speech that we are 100 percent against."
Feminist Horror Plots Against Patriarachy by Alison Gillmor
Horror and feminism may seem like an unlikely pairing at first. After all, horror is a cinematic genre marked by ugly violence, menaced by masked men and packed with blonde sorority girls who run upstairs when they should be running out of the house. Then there’s the iconic image of the scary movie: the flash of a knife penetrating soft female flesh.
Viola Desmond Led Civil Rights Fight by Evelyn C. White
Born and raised in Halifax, Viola Desmond was a successful beautician who, in 1946, challenged racial prejudice.
Temporary Workers, Permanent Problems by Sandhya Singh
Laura came to Canada from Mexico to work as a seasonal apple picker under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. She fell on the job, and her legs were crushed by a tractor.
The Caregiving Crunch by Lillian Zimmerman
In Canada, more than two million informal caregivers, the majority of whom are women, provide care to elders.
Daphne Odjig by Jann L.M. Bailey (Spring 2011)
Daphne Odjig’s career as an artist and her ongoing work as an advocate for Aboriginal artists, women and children has been a lifelong story of inspiration.