Julie Oakes entertained the PROBUS PICKERING members by channeling the early 20th century women’s rights leaders Nellie McClung, Laetitia Youmans, Emily Stowe, Gertrude Harding, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Elizabeth Anderson.
Additionally, she had Dr. Julie Ogden of Murdoch mystery fame visit which added to the atmosphere of the suffragette movement in Canada. Women weren’t even consider as persons, being listed by their husband’s first name rather than their own in official documents. This was still being done in Canada as late as the 1960’s, hard to believe.
Ms. Oakes was super entertaining when she portrayed temperance league representatives lashing out against demon rum, and ghoulish gin. She had the members singing rondelles from the era when tea totallers promoted the idea of booze being evil.
We may have come a long way but Ms. Oakes only hinted at how far we still have to travel before women are seen as equals.
Here are some very interesting points about women in the world today:
Sexual harassment charges have been laid against TWO Ottawa mp’s, TWO
Ex-SENATOR Brasseaux charged with abuse and violence against his spouse (mate)
There are more than 4000, yes, 4000 plus, rapes in India annually
Women guilty of infidelity and extramarital sex may be stoned to death in Afghanistan
A woman in Afghanistan had acid thrown in her face for attending school
Rape victims in Canada’s north may have a male RCMP officer present while examined
The RCMP has at least 4 cases of sexual harassment presently before the courts
Remember the Sheila Copps and John Crosby altercation in parliament
Women cannot be priests in some religions which preach human equality
The massacre of the women at Montreal’s Ecole Polytech
This isn’t a rant. It merely is a reminder as inspired by Julie Oakes presentation that women have been the vanguard for many changes like voting rights, property ownership status, promotability in many companies and much, much more and yet watch the nightly news to see at least one story every night depicting mistreatment of women.
Ms. Oakes’ presentation described how the women leaders of the Temperance League, the women’s suffragette movement and public demonstrations for gender equality and recognition were the vanguard for revolutionary movements which we think are quite modern. We may have come a long way but I have one major question…
Why does the ultimate destination seem to always move further away as we approach it?