struggle strategies and achievements of the women’s movement
The different national circumstances of Canada and the United States, the problems and conditions of different women. The content, struggle strategies and achievements of the women’s movement. It is pointed out that although the Canadian women’s movement and the research have some commonness, consistency, and coherence. The Canadian women’s movement and research have their originality and uniqueness because of the different aspects of the two countries and have made enviable the achievements. For the United States, Canada, there will always be an illusion that the United States not only in the military, economic and other aspects ahead of Canada, even the women’s movement and research in such areas, but also the trend of American women. In dealing with the women’s movement and research, in fact, the content refers only to the United States, Britain, up to France.
This “point to the surface” for the United States, Britain on behalf of the Western approach that will hinder our feminist and women’s movement to do in-depth understanding and diversification of the study. Although women’s movements and women’s issues are consistent and coherent, they differ in their national profile and cultural traditions because of their different national circumstances. Women’s problems and conditions, the progressive degree of female consciousness awakening, and the stages of development, movement, and characteristics of women’s movements also show varying degrees of diversity and diversity.
Firstly, Canada and the United States are in North America which are all belong to the Western quarterfinals that are composed of many immigrants and ethnic groups, but the two countries have different national conditions. In the case of the women’s movement, the first and second wave of the American women’s movement is predominantly for English-speaking white women on middle-class, while in Canada the women’s movement rises from the early stage to a broader political connotation than the United States. The women’s movement in some ways reflects the tension between the British and French cultural relations. [footnoteRef:0]The United States is really concerned about the diversity of the women’s movement in the 1970s and 1980s, while the Canadian women’s movement has two branches: the English women’s organization and the French women’s organization mainly at Quebec area.
Although there are consistency and uniformity between English women and French women in many respects, the performance of the Quebec women’s movement is very different. Especially of its different historical evolution, the relationship with the Roman Catholic Church and its strong nationalist sentiment. In many ways not to mention similar to the United States, even if the country are different with other parts. [footnoteRef:1]Some of the forces of the Quebec religion believe that the key to preserving the French-Canadian cultural tradition is maintaining the status quo and that the right to vote for women is contrary to the natural gender level and to social harmony and social development. The women’s movement of Canada has its own characteristics.
The women’s movement in Canada is tougher than the women’s movement in the United States and the rest of Canada. [footnoteRef:2]In the United States, women struggled for the right to vote for more than 70 years, and Canadian women have been fighting for thirty years. Canadian women have the right to vote for no time as long as American women, nor have they held major events that have aroused public concern. The women in the United States and Canada began in the mid-nineteenth century and ended in the twenties of the twentieth century. The acquisition of the right to vote shows that women have equal social and political status with men. For feminist activists, the right to vote is their tool, and by virtue of this tool, they can play a better social role in the process of creating a better society. [0: ] [1: ] [2: ]
Secondly, attention to the diversity and diversity of women have more new connotation. Throughout the women’s movement, advocates, organizers, and attendees are mostly middle-class white women. [footnoteRef:3]The theory is based on the experience of white women, middle-class women and women in Europe and the United States, which ignores the differences in race, grade and age among women, so they are often lacking in universality. At the United States for the black women as the main color of the human race or third world women, it is discussing the relationship between men and women, emphasizing racial relations and class relations. Features such as social hierarchy, race, ethnicity, age, and region are not well understood.
The caucasian women can not infer from their own experience the experience of colored women, the experience of middle-class women is different from the experience of working women. The theoretical framework used often refers only to differences between the sexes, ignoring the diversity and diversity of women. Such as the struggle to fight for the right to work in the past, women of color and women at the lower level feel ridiculous, because this is not the first thing for the bottom women, but the first need for survival, not only to survive but also to keep a household account. These are the challenges posed to traditional feminism and are a reflection of the women’s movement. Feminism does not have a simple identity, and any feminist can not represent other women of different geographical, racial, cultural, class and other backgrounds. The theoretical framework used often refers only to differences between the sexes, ignoring the diversity and diversity of women. Such as the struggle to fight for the right to work in the past, women of color and women at the lower level feel ridiculous, because this is not the first thing for the bottom women, but the first need for survival. [3: ]
In summary, many of the issues that the women’s movement is trying to solve from the rise. Such as, women’s poverty that remains still exists in the Canada and United States. For example, the problem of prostitutes, the equal rights of both men and women in the legal and economic aspects of marriage, domestic violence, abortion, etc. Those are far from being resolved. Both countries have enacted legislation to severely punish perpetrators of violence and effectively safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of women victims, but domestic violence is still serious in the United States and Canada. Women in the United States and Canada face many problems in terms of education systems, labor, homosexuality, and women’s maternity leave. In short, even in developed countries such as the United States and Canada, the situation of women is not as good as we thought. The American and Canadian feminists also unite all women to continue to deepen the women’s movement and continue to struggle to gradually solve the problems that have not yet been completely solved and emerging.
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