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York University
Health Studies
HLST 1000
Dennis Raphael

Page 47. Alicja Musynski Liberal Feminism Historical Background - The liberal feminist perspective deals with women’s rights - Liberalism ; a philosophy, which extends back to the period of Enlightenment ( 1690-1790) aka Age of Reason created by Descartes , the scientific discoveries of Galileo and Newton’s creation of physics based on the principles of mathematics - The development of scientific knowledge helped transform the global economy. ( Industrial Revolution – Great Britain in the 18 century ) - Beliefs behind Liberal Philosophy also lead to the American Declaration of Independence and French Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen - 1867 – British North America Act separated the British colony from US - 1982 – The Canadian Constitution was repatriated and Charter of Rights was enshrined in it - These political revolutions were to give ‘man’ freedom from the monarchic rule but it did not apply to all women and men of differtht races. - The abolishment of slavery – 19 century in Britain - First slave to arrive in Canada – 1629 - Britain abolished the slave trade – 1807 - US abolished slavery after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 - 1876 – Canadian government legislated the Indian Act ( created an official government category status for Indians) - 1960 – Indians were given the right to vote - Large populations of labourers emigrated from other countries to Canada in order to seek employment or starve. This created an indigenous for of capitalism. - Marlene LeGates in the history of Western feminism entitled Making Waves (1996) argues that women were unsuccessful in organizing a group centralized around women rights until the modern era. - The rights for a particular group such as women rights had to be generalized so that all individuals could be entitled to the same rights, for instance in liberal democracies, all citizens are granted the right to vote. - During the French Revolution, feminist fought to say that women had the same political rights as
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