Feminism and Canadian politics

  1. What is meant by the backlash against feminism? Has your understanding of feminism changed the way you describe yourself as a result of your engagement with the course materials? If so, how? If not, why not?
  2. Describe the various waves of feminism in Canada. Analyze these waves as both ideological constructs and as social movements.
  3. Why is it important to look at the issue of women’s representation in politics? Are all women being represented in Canada? If not, who is being left out?
  4. Did the Royal Commission on the Status of Women to Canada begin, end, or continue a wave in the women’s movement?
  5. What role does a political party play in ensuring women get elected? What political party has been the most successful? What party has enjoyed less success?
  6. Imagine that you are a woman planning to run for elected office. Where in Canada would you choose to run, at which level of government would you be most likely to succeed, and which party would best represent your political views and objectives?

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