Franchises lost and gained: post-coloniality and the development of women’s rights in Canada

Skeet, Charlotte (2017) Franchises lost and gained: post-coloniality and the development of women’s rights in Canada. Perspectives On Federalism, 9 (3). pp. 160-193. ISSN 2036-5438

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Abstract

The Canadian constitution is to some extent characterised by its focus on equality, and in particular gender equality. This development of women’s rights in Canada and the greater engagement of women as political actors is often presented as a steady linear process, moving forwards from post-enlightenment modernity. This article seeks to disturb this ‘discourse of the continuous,’ by using an analysis of the pre-confederation history of suffrage in Canada to both refute a simplistic linear view of women’s rights development and to argue for recognition of the Indigenous contribution to the history of women’s rights in Canada.

The gain of franchise and suffrage movements in Canada in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century are, rightly, the focus of considerable study (Pauker 2015), This article takes an alternative perspective. Instead, it examines the exercise of earlier franchises in pre-confederation Canada. In particular it analyses why franchise was exercised more widely in Lower Canada and relates this to the context of the removal of franchises from women prior to confederation.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1001 Canada (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV0700 Special classes > HV1442 Women
K Law
K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland
K Law > KE Law of Canada
Depositing User: Charlotte Skeet
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 17:09
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2018 13:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72059

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