Canadian Feminism in Action
Summer/Fall 2006
Vol. 25, Nos. 3,4

Table of Contents

by Vijay Agnew, Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Jennifer deGroot, Laurence Fortin-Pellerin,
Nuzhat Jafri, Lee Lakeman, Diane Matte, Angela Miles, Shree Mulay, Kathleen O’Grady and Kim Pate 3

The Long March

Creating Trialogue: Women’s Constitutional Activism in Canada by Marilou McPhedran 6

Changer la vie des femme, changer le monde: La Marche Mondiale des Femme -
défis et apprentissages
par Diane Matte 18

Confronting Power: Aboriginal Women and Justice Reform by Patricia A. Monture 25

Remaking Waves: The Québec Women’s Movement in the 1950s and 1960s
by Cheryl Gosselin 34

Why Women Still Ain’t Satisified: Politics and Activism in Canadian Child Care, 2006 by Martha Friendly 41

La syndicalisation féminine au Québec par Jeanne Maranda 47

Reflections on Women’s Health and Gender Equality in Canada by Olena Hankivsky 51

The Pen and the Picket by Penni Mitchell 57


Wa(i)ving Solidarity: Feminist Activists Confronting Backlash by Victoria Bromley and Aalya Ahmad 61

Strangers in an Estranged World: Radical Feminists in the Academy by Geneviéve Pagé and Ève-Marie Lampron 72

Status of Women Canada Cuts a Loss for Healthy Democracy by Kathleen O’Grady 79

Advocacy, Activism and Social Change for Women in Prison by Kim Pate 81

Out of Canada: The Pedagogy of Transnational Feminist Activism by Debbie Lunny 85

La représentation des femmes au sein des groupes minoritaires: Le cas des femmes francophones vivant en milieu minoritaire au Canada par Linda Cardinal et Rachel Cox 91

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women: Engaging Muslim Women in Civic and Social Change by Nuzhat Jafri 97

La publicité sexiste: Mise en scène de l’inégalité et des stéréotypes du féminin par Francine Descarries 101

Pedagogical Practice with Girls: Learning a Way Forward by Rachel Gouin 104

Pionnières et héritières: Qu’en est-il de l’engagement des jeunes femmes et des aînées?
par Julie Jacques, Anne Quéniart et Michèle Charpentier 110


FAFIA’s CEDAW Campaign: 25 Years, Ready or Not? by Nancy Peckford 117

Virtual Activism and the Pro-Choice Movement in Canada by Liane McTavish 121

Organzing on the “Factory on Wheels”: The Bus Riders’ Union and Anti-Racist Feminism for the 21st Century
by Fiona Jeffries 127

Arbitration and Family Laws: Muslim Women Campaign to Eliminate the Use of Religious Laws in Legally-Binding Abritration by Alia Hogben 133

Saying the F-Word: Feminism Indie-Rock Style
by Dana Ayotte and Jacqueline Gullion 137

The Irreverent Raging Grannies: Humour as Protest
by Carole Roy 141

The Mobilization of Older Feminists: Women Elders in Action (WE*ACT) Campaign for Pension Reform by Joanne Blake and Jan Westlund 149

Dueling for Dollars: Feminist Activism and Minimum Wage Coalition Politics by Joan Grace 154

Looking Out: Prairie Women Use Photovoice Methods to Fight Poverty by Kay Willson, Kathryn Green, Margaret Haworth-Brockman and Rachel Rapaport Beck 160

Women Reversing Desertification: Via Campesina Takes on Aracruz Corporation in Brazil
by Nettie Wiebe 167

Femme Fiscale Brings Women’s Voices to the Legislature by Jennifer deGroot and Lorna A. Turnbull 173

Living Feminism

The Fight for Universal Medicare: An Interview with Healthcare Activist, Pat Armstrong by Jan Noel 177

From Riot Grrrl to Radical: Reflections from a Working-Class Feminist by Gina Whitfield 185

When the Body Protests: New Versions of Activism
by Diane Driedger 188

On Being a Feminist Farmer by Jennifer deGroot 191

The Role of Montréal’s Dykes on Mykes Radio Show by Marie-Claire MacPhee and Mél Hogan 193

Sherona Hall - April 26, 1948 -December 30, 2006: A Tribute by Makeda Silvera 198


You’re Still the One by Carol A. Adams 17
For Leah’s Tenth Birthday by Patience Wheatley 39
The morning a child leaves by Marlene Kadar 46
Friends of Mine by Joanna M. Weston 49
Bloodshed by Elizabeth Wood 71
black hawk by Adebe DeRango-Adem 71
Zephyr by Desi Di Nardo 90
Looking for My Father by Shirley Adelman 96
untitled by A. Mary Murphy 116
Fade by Madeline Sonik 116
a tilt by Farideh de Bosset 132
this body by Lucy Waters 148
Jabberwocky by Desi Di Nardo 181
Arthritic Dreams II by Renee Norman 183
untitled by A. Mary Murphy 183
What Child Comes Back by Ann Elizabeth Carson 183
untitled by A. Mary Murphy 187
The Poet is Not Here by Lisa Shatzky 190
A Story by Ann Elizabeth Carson 197

Book Reviews

The Curious Feminist reviewed by Vanessa Oliver 202

Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory and the Sacred
reviewed by Ilya Parkins 203

Training the Excluded for Work: Access and Equity for Women, Immigrants, First Nations, Youth and People with Low Income
reviewed by Jan Kainer 204

Woman of the World: Mary McGeachy and International Cooperation reviewed by Clara Thomas 205

The Muse Strikes Back: Female Narratology in the Novels of Hédi Bouraoui reviewed by Ann Gagne 207

What Casanova Told Me reviewed by Ann (Rusty) Shteir 208

The House on Lippincott reviewed by Mark Federman 209

The Children of Mary
reviewed by Cynthia Flood 210

Shadows Light
reviewed by Ruth Goldsmith 211

Performing Femininity: Rewriting Gender Identity reviewed by Salina Abji 211

Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives reviewed by Deborah Heller 212

The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics reviewed by Johanna Stuckey 213

Between Friends: A Year in Letters reviewed by Clara Thomas 214

Front Cover

Alice Olsen Williams, “Healthy Land, Healthy People,” quilt, 14' x 5.66', 2005. Photo: Fred Cattroll, Courtesy Assembly of First Nations. Please turn to page 201 for more informtion from the artist about the making of this quilt.

Alice Williams was born in Trout Lake, 150 miles north of Kenora, in the traditional territory of her mother’s people from time before memory. In 1980 she discovered quilting, mastering the techniques which allow her to create the meticulous hand-quilting in her bed coverings and wall hangings. Gradually Alice formed the concepts which would be the basis for her distinctive style and work. Blending her cultural heritage into a unified whole, she envisions the central motif to depict the symbols and themes of Anishinaape culture, surrounded by the conventional North American quilting blocks and patterns which were developed and continue to be evolved by those women and their descendants who came to this Land from Europe, the legacy of her father’s people. Through her understanding of the teachings of the Elders, Alice has created her own Life symbol. She continues to grow as an artist, searching for new ways to express the Spirit of Creation in the images of her designs.