The Rally Story
An Account of the Planning, Organization and Enactment of Women Rally for Action

Publisher:  Women Rally for Action, Vancouver, Canada
Year Published:  1977  
Pages:  50pp  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX493

This book is a description of how women of British Columbia conceived, planned, and organized the largest mass lobby of Members of the Legislative Assembly in the history of B.C.

Abstract:  The following is a reprint from the preface of 'The Rally Story.' "This book is a description of how women of British Columbia conceived, planned, and organized the largest mass lobby of Members of the Legislative Assembly in the history of B.C. Words can never recapture the excitement of the occasion. We feel, however, that some account should be provided of the process we all went through and some analysis of that process and its results.

We also want to pass on to others an account of the problems we faced and the skills we learned. We recognize that, although the basic women's issues in this country are similar, no two actions on these issues can be identical. We wish only to share what worked and what didn't work for us, and to convey some sense of what can happen when women are angry enough to act.

The shape of this book evolved quite slowly. At one moment we were writing long, detailed (and boring) work outlines; at another, we were reliving the excitement of our action and wanting, somehow, to convey that excitement to others.

We finally decided on a workbook format. Several personal recollections serve as an introduction to the organizations detail. A flow chart illustrates the breadth of the organization. To provide consistency, the work of each committee is outline under the headings "Goal, Participants, Organization, Comments."

The book closes with an evaluation of the action itself and comment on the process which was a unique experience for hundreds of women in the spring of 1976. The act of writing it all down has been to relive a significant and vitalizing occasion in the growth of the women's movement in B.C."