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Chapter 7

SOSC 1350 Chapter Notes - Chapter 7: Liberal Feminism, Deeper Understanding, Section 33 Of The Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms

Social Science
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SOSC 1350
Julie Dowsett

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SOSC 1350: Reading Response
Liberal Feminism: How do you define equality? Newman, Jacquetta and Linda A. White
This chapter focuses on understanding liberal feminism and defining equality. Liberal feminism
is a form of feminism which focuses on women being equal as men and having the same rights.
The main issues of liberal feminism include reproductive and abortion rights, sexual harassment,
voting rights, education, affordable childcare and affordable health care. They believe women’s
oppression was the result of society’s mistaken ideas about women’s nature. Women should have
the same political rights, economic rights and educational opportunities as men because they are
not ‘animals’. To support the idea this chapter provides information about different liberal
feminists to give us a better understanding. This reading continues information provided in the
“The Women’s Movement in Canada” by defining liberal feminism and giving examples.
What Section 15 Has Achieved?
Section 15 and 28 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms include sex equality, it's
important to note that this section resulted in equal treatment for sexual preference. Section 15
indicated that everyone should be equal regardless of their race, class, religion, gender and etc.
After section 15 society developed a new definition of equality based on equal benefit and
protection. Section 15 made LGBT rights possible such as same sex marriages, and also has
brought progress and made Canada a world leader in recognizing LGBTQ rights. This reading
explores through section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which include the
concept of equality, this reading completed what we read before about equality. Because it gives
us a better understanding of equality.
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