Forwarded from the Institute for Gender Research:
Everywhere we look democracy seems to be trouble. Its failings threaten our collective ability to solve the national and global crises we confront. Like the suffragists who recognized that ‘information deficits’ sustain ‘democratic deficits’, the pro-democracy website womensuffrage.org connects past and present, power and privilege, Canada and the world, all the while viewing the position of women and girls as a key indicator of the health of social democracy.
This lecture extends that website’s commitment to evidence and analysis as the surest foundation for democratic public policy. In particular, it addresses three issues: first, reactionaries’ investment in public ignorance; second, the role of two generations of Canadian women activists in raising consciousness of social justice; and third, feminism’s potential for countering the current democratic deficit.