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Sun Aug 3, 2014, 09:55 AM

War on women, Canada Style: Feminist Icon's name disappears from currency, awards. (X-Post from GD)


This is some truly revolting shit: http://t.news.ca.msn.com/canada/therese-casgrain-removed-from-public-history

OTTAWA - The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate the War of 1812 and other episodes from Canadian history, but has also erased at least one inspiring piece of the past. Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour, to be replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister's banner.

An image of Casgrain and her namesake volunteer-award medal also disappeared from Canada's $50 bank note in 2012, replaced by the image of an icebreaker on a new currency series. An image of the so-called Famous Five women was removed from the same bank note.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, which had administered the Casgrain award, was instructed in 2010 to create a Prime Minister's Volunteer Award in its place, to be handed out in a ceremony each year presided over by Stephen Harper. Casgrain fought for the right of Quebec women to vote, which they finally won in 1940. She also became the first female leader of a political party in Canada, heading the CCF in Quebec, and was appointed to the Senate in 1970 by Trudeau.

Yet again, a white male politician does his best to shove feminists down the memory hole in the service of their own political ends. Bastards.

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