Second-wave Feminism in Canada, continued
- Child care should be a shared responsibility, presumably heterosexual ones.
- Child care was considered to be state intrusion and communism
o It was argued that child care would be required in order for women to return to the
o All men and women will have equal opportunities in capitalism
Women are starting from a disadvantageous position?
Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW)
- Established in 73 by the Government of Canada on the recommendation of the Royal
Commission on the Status of Women. It was dismantled in 1995.
- Career choices were limited
- Service sector employed 70% of women
- We see some legislative changes around income tax
o Women can deduct the cost of child care from their incomes
- Idea of sexual harassment becomes quite contentious
- A lot of industries that were previously closed to women started to open up, including the RCMP
- We also saw the first female head of a university
- During the 60s and 70s, there are still a lot of women with families that are affected
- Divorce rates are starting to rise, and women are not doing well in court
Women vs. property rights
- In society, common law couples were becoming more common
- School boards would actually fire people if they were living common law