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The desire of women to be viewed and treated on an equal level to their malecounterparts is not new the womens movement has been growing for many generationsswelling rapidly since the 1800s specifically The goal of the womens rights movementfor the most part is quite reasonable they would like to see equal pay for the same workas their male co-workers and they would like to see affirmative action encouraged inhiring policies both in the public and private sectors The womens movement is notwithout its absurdity though with ridiculous demands such as mandatory daycareprovided by employers and pension for housewives once they reach the age of 65 Generally speaking however the womens rights movement is necessary and should be metIn order to understand the issues associated with the womens movement one mustlook at the history of womens suffrage For most of history women have been secondclass citizens relegated to traditional tasks such as child rearing and other tasks within thehomeBoyer 580 In the past women were considered to be property of their husbandsor fathers as a matter of fact in the early days of confederation if a women was raped ormurdered it was considered a property crime and not a crime against the stateBoyer581 In Canada women were not considered people under the law they could not voteher property was not recognized under the law and they could not be involved in politicsin generalGuy 334 However during this time period the suffrage movement was gainingwidespread popularity all over North America the public become aware of the problemsfaced by women due in part to the tragic triangle shirtwaist fireBoyer 617 this began tolean public favor to the side of the suffragettes The desire of Canadian women to betreaty equally came to the forefront in 1929 when a group of women from Calgary tookthe famous peoples case before the British Privy Council The Privy Council ruled infavor of the women and from that time on women in Canada
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