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Books About Women's History  by Mary Ann Shadd, newspaper publisher
Books About Women's History

Books About Women's History

Because it's 2016, the centennary of the year when many women won the vote in provincial elections, Herizons offers up a list of books all about the contributions women made to Canada's equality rights throughout history, from the Underground Railroad to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A Brief History of Women in Quebec,Wilfrid Laurier University Press, by Denyse Baillargeon

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Misogyny Trumps Liberal Democracy  by Susan G. Cole
Misogyny Trumps Liberal Democracy

Misogyny Trumps Liberal Democracy

I admit I didn’t see it coming. In fact, I was one of those people who thought Hillary Clinton was going to crush Donald Trump and that when Trump’s trolls started protesting in the streets after his loss, the army was going
to crush them.

Instead, Trump won. And he won because women voted for him. I know, not the majority of female voters, but a whack of them, millions of them—including 32 per cent of the college-educated females who cast a ballot.

Why? This conversation has been swirling around ever
since the results came in.

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Trump Trolls Invade Canada  by Penni Mitchell
Trump Trolls Invade Canada

Trump Trolls Invade Canada

I started out writing about the U.S. election, and how President--Donald Trump's misogyny factored in to Hillary Clinton’s loss.

But then I came to realize that the U.S. President is something of an easy target for Canadian feminists. Sure, no one oozes patriarchal right-wingdom quite like Trump. But in the days and weeks that followed the U.S. election, it became clear that, for all of Trump’s unbridled aggression and perversity, he isn’t the only guy grabbing women by the pussy. Not by a long shot.

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Equality Should Be the Icing on the Marriage Cake  by Joanna Chiu
Equality Should Be the Icing on the Marriage Cake

Equality Should Be the Icing on the Marriage Cake

I am puzzled by many Western wedding traditions. My multicultural family chooses which customs to observe, and, usually, efforts are minimal. We may roast a duck on Thanksgiving, peer at the moon on Mid-Autumn Festival, or go to the movies on Christmas Day, after unwrapping gifts bought the day before at Superstore.

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Refashioning Fashion  by Ayesha Mian Akram
Refashioning Fashion

Refashioning Fashion

As a Muslim woman who practices hijab—the wearing of modest clothing and covering my hair—I spend a lot of time navigating. I navigate the politics of being a Muslim woman in Canada and the politics of finding modest, yet
stylish clothing. I also navigate the politics of buying clothing that’s not only ethical for the environment, but also ethical to my fellow human beings.

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Pussies Against Feminism  by Lyn Cockburn
Pussies Against Feminism

Pussies Against Feminism

They’re mostly well-educated, young and female, and they want us to know that they don’t need feminism.

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