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Feminist Success Stories - Célébrons nos réussites féministes

Karen A. Blackford
Marie-Luce Garceau
Sandra Kirby

Part III: Reinventing Ourselves at Any Age — Partie III : Réinventons nos vies

Reinventing Ourselves at Any Age

Réinventons nos vies

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1Describing the locus of oppression for young Girl Guides of Canada, Patricia Whitney identifies some of the historic male-centered and eurocentric principles which underpin the Scouting movement. She also points out the domination of white middle-class girls, especially in the early Canadian Guiding movement. Consciousness-raising among Girl Guide leadership and an openness in seeking the views of the Guides themselves resulted in important symbolic changes to the Girl Guide Law and the Promise. As a scholar in Women’s Studies and a former Girl Guide leader, Whitney also sees an increased appreciation for ethnic and racial diversity within the Guiding movement.

2Jane Gordon’s description of an innovative dance school in Nova Scotia acquaints us with women’s oppression in the world of Canadian art. The main problems for young girls in traditional dance school organizations are the potential for low self-esteem, anorexia nervosa, and a worldview narrowly circumscribed by dance practice regimes. Dance professionals in such locations rarely acknowledge the work or the ideas of volunteers, many of whom are mothers of students. When Canadian girls become adult dancers, they, along with other professional artists, are then oppressed economically by wages lower than those in most other occupations. As the mother of a young dancer in Nova Scotia, this feminist sociologist sees a need for research into the positive effects on girls who participate in community-organized dance schools.

3Marie-Luce Garceau montre que les femmes, tout comme les Franco-Ontariennes, âgées de 45 à 64 ans sont ignorées du monde de la recherche. Doublement minoritaires dans leur province parce que femmes et francophones, un groupe d’entre elles se sont réunies pour faire une recherche-action afin de sortir de l’ombre et de dénoncer les conditions difficiles dans lesquelles elles vivent. Au cœur de cette recherche-action, réside la notion d’empowerment, entendue comme étant un processus d’apprentissage et une démarche de transformation individuelle et collective indispensable à l’avènement de changements sociaux pour améliorer les conditions de vie des femmes. Or, ce que Garceau développe, c’est que les Franco-Ontariennes qui ont participé à cette recherche-action se sont prises en charge et qu’elles ont développé une vision sociale et une volonté d’action afin de transformer la situation.

© Les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa Press, 1999

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