A History of Women's Rights in Toronto
Date Written: 15/04/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20661
Whether they were marching in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington or commemorating International Women's Day, women in Toronto have a longstanding tradition of advocating for gender equality across Canada.
For women in Toronto, the struggle for equal and legal rights included a difficult set of processes that shaped the character of the city.
In fact, the movement for womens rights in Canada began as a response to the changing economic and social conditions facilitated by industrialization in the nineteenth century.
As education became more accessible, people moved from rural to urban centres, and the economic status of many Canadian families changed, women gained (some) mobility and pushed for access to equal rights.
While many people think that the campaign for women's rights in Canada was largely an issue about suffrage and gaining the right to vote, it was much more than this.
Many of the women's organizations that emerged in the mid-19th century also called for better access to economic independence and improved social conditions for women.