School program: Women's Equality (Grades 9 to 12)

Program length: 120 minutes

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Two people reading text on a ribbon that runs along all three walls of an exhibit alcove, which also features three video screens and small artifact cases. Large historical photos with yellow, orange and red tint show women’s faces, a smiling woman and man, and women protesting.

Photo: CMHR, Ian McCausland

School program details

Students explore gender stereotypes and how these continue to persist today in spite of many positive changes for women in Canada. Students discover some of the unique challenges faced by women in the last century, including Indigenous women, and their stories of resilience and persistence.

Students will:

Learn that while women and men have the same human rights, women have faced and continue to face discrimination that keeps them from enjoying their human rights in Protecting Rights in Canada on Level 3.

Experience exhibits about women’s rights in Canadian Journeys on Level 2 and a media literacy film Rights Today on Level 5 and also a music station in Inspiring Change on Level 7.

Participate in activities that prompt them to think critically about what it means to respect everyone’s rights, regardless of their gender identity.

Discuss their ideas equality for women, and how, because some women took action, gender rights are now protected in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.