In the first decade of a new century, the world plunged into a war.
The start of World War 1 was a pivotal moment for the rights of Canadian women.
“Honey, you’re not a person, now get back in the kitchen and make me a sandwich!
” If a husband were to say these words to his wife today, he would likely receive a well-deserved smack to the face.
It is not until recently that Canadian women have received their status as people and obtained equal rights as men.
Women were excluded from an academic education and received a lesser pay than their male counter parts.Gender inequality is measured annually by the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Reports.Christine de Pizan, an early advocate for gender equality, states in her 1405 book The Book of the City of Ladies that the oppression of women is founded on irrational prejudice, pointing out numerous advances in society probably created by women.In America, the head of the Shakers' central ministry in 1788, Joseph Meacham, had a revelation that the sexes should be equal.He then brought Lucy Wright into the ministry as his female counterpart, and together they restructured the society to balance the rights of the sexes.It does not require that girls and boys, or women and men, be the same, or that they be treated exactly alike." On a global scale, achieving gender equality also requires eliminating harmful practices against women and girls, including sex trafficking, femicide, wartime sexual violence, and other oppression tactics.UNFPA stated that, "despite many international agreements affirming their human rights, women are still much more likely than men to be poor and illiterate.Gender parity, which is used to measure gender balance in a given situation, can aid in achieving gender equality but is not the goal in and of itself.Gender equality is more than equal representation, it is strongly tied to women's rights, and often requires policy changes.Of Canada’s 7,500,000 citizens, 600,000 men were enlisted in the war (Historical Records of 600,000 Canadian WW1 Heroes).Women quickly began to fill the void of the jobs once dominated by males.