Episode 27: Canadian Herstory 101

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CW: sexual assault, violence against women 

This week on Underwire, Peggy and Anne take a look back at our founding Mothers who shaped Canada. Feminism is alive and well in Canada today but often we are ignorant of the women who fought before us. Peggy and Anne included! They researched tirelessly, sighed constantly, shouted loudly at the computer screen, and got together to process all of this shit. Spoiler Alert: women get the short end of the stick in this one. Honestly, there was too much to talk about on just one episode so this won't be the last history episode. Also, we will continue to highlight women who shaped Canada and all while wearing floor length dresses no less. 

They cover the first and second wave of feminism and focus on the happenings in Canada. Contrary to popular belief, there was a lot going on! For the First Wave we talk about the Christian Temperance Union, Suffrage, the Famous Five, and ultimately getting the right to vote. The Second Wave includes discussions about women in the work force during World War II, the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, violence against women, abortion and reproductive justice, and child care. During the episode we highlight a lot of what we learned in the documentary, Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada by Karen Cho. We highly recommend that you watch this and you can watch it for free on the National Film Board's website. Another great resource was Rise Up! which is a feminist digital archive. 

Music on this episode includes:

  • RuPaul - Call Me Mother
  • Ke$ha and Zedd - True Colors
  • Martina McBride - This One's For The Girls (lol)