Monday, March 12, 2012

New Blog: Women Suffrage

H-Canada reports the recent launch of a new UBC-based website: Women Suffrage and Beyond: Confronting the Democratic Deficit:
For a long time, today’s democracies have taken the franchise largely for granted. Canada’s federal government, for example, recently ‘forgot’ that anniversaries to be celebrated in the second decade of the 21st century necessarily include the beginnings of provincial and federal franchises for women.  .... Women’s suffrage has been especially likely to suffer indifference and neglect except when its absence provides further justification for the targeting of suspect cultures, as with today’s western criticism of Saudi Arabia. For the most part, it is trivialized as an inevitable and peaceful concession. That woman suffrage represents one of the great extensions to democracy in the modern world, that it is frequently fiercely opposed, and that women’s exclusion from power persists needs to be far more widely appreciated.
Update, March 13: Another offshoot of International Women's Day (March 8) has History Today offering Ten Essential History Books Written by Women.  It's local -- most of the books are by Britons about Britain, and only one looks beyond Europe.  I can imagine a similarly parochial American list with eight or nine leading American women historians.  What would a list made in Canada look like?

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