Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and British Columbia's Human Rights State, 1953-84 (BOK)

Dominique Clement

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British Columbia was the first jurisdiction in Canada to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex. It was also at the forefront of the women's movement, which produced the country's first rape crisis centres, first feminist newspaper, and first battered women's shelters. Yet as recently as 1984 a woman could be dismissed from her job as a waitress for complaining about sexual harassment.

In Equality Deferred, Dominique Clement traces the history of human rights law in Canada, with a focus on sex discrimination in British Columbia - beginning with the province's first equal pay legislation in 1953 and ending in 1984 with the collapse of the country's most progressive human rights legal regime. For an entire generation, the province's two dominant political parties fought to impose their respective vision of human rights law. Working from the previously undisclosed records of British Columbia's human rights commission, Clement documents a history of cases that dealt with absurd, almost unbelievable, acts of discrimination.

Clement also explores British Columbia's turbulent political history to reveal how governments inhibit the application of their own laws, and how it falls to social movements to create, promote, and enforce these laws. This book is a testament to the revolutionary impact of human rights on Canadian law but also a reminder that it takes more than laws to effect transformative social change.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2014 Forfatter Dominique Clement
Turpin DEDS Orphans
ISBN 9780774827492
Antall sider 288 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 5,8cm
Vekt 1179 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Human rights, Gender studies: women, Law & society