Let’s not forget Thérèse Casgrain!

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Date of issue of stamp: April 17, 1985
The stamp shows the portrait of Mme Casgrain along with a vignette which is symbolic of her work as a feminist .


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Thérèse Casgrain and the Voice of Women in Quebec, 1961

Thérèse Casgrain (1896-1981) was born in Montreal, and became a leader in the battle to get Quebec women the right to vote in provincial elections. She was also a notable reformer who sought to achieve world peace and an end to nuclear weapons. In 1961 she founded the Quebec Branch of an organization called the Voice of Women, and was elected president of this branch. Senator Marianna Jodoin became the honorary president. As outlined in the following text about the growth of the VOM, the group wanted to achieve “Construction, not destruction.”

Thérèse Casgrain, feminist icon, quietly shunted by Harper government
Federal award named after feminist icon and heroine of Quebec women’s rights movement eliminated

Feminist Therese Casgrain disappears from public history under Harper

The Therese Casgrain Volunteer Award was first awarded in 1982 by the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau.

It honoured Canadian activists such as June Callwood until it was eliminated — unannounced –by the Harper government in 2010.

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.

Why do such a stupid thing?

It appears Harper and the majority of his cronies are against female equality as well as denying Climate Change exists or is a problem.


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CBC | Quebec women and the vote