Walk Leader: The Women’s Centre of Calgary
Photographs by: Robyn Blair and Tove Engebretsen
In our annual Jane’s Walk, the Women’s Centre shared a unique feminist perspective on the HERstory of Calgary. Each volunteer focused on both women’s past accomplishments and some barriers they may face today.
We began at the Centre – a feminist landmark if we ever saw one! There, we reflected on the narratives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and recognized Calgary being on Treaty 7 land with our guest Chantal, a Cree drummer.
Highlights from our tour included the following stops:
- Chinatown to discuss historically racist immigration policies like the head tax, and how nearby organizations help immigrant women today.
- YWCA of Calgary to discuss domestic violence in Alberta, where for every family who can access an emergency shelter, two are turned away for lack of space.
- Family of Man statues to learn about Calgary’s unique history of LGBTQ activism.
- The Wonderland statue to discuss the barriers women face in accessing leadership, such as Alberta having the largest gender pay gap in Canada at 63%.
- The Glenbow Museum to learn about women in the military, like Calgary’s own Mary Dover who served in WWII.
- City Hall to discuss the current childcare crisis in Calgary, which only has enough regulated child care space for 20% of children under five.
Every year we finish our walk at the Famous Five statue, which celebrates their advocacy work in the Person’s Case. They were remembered for bringing the vote to some women (Aboriginal women and Asian Canadians were excluded for decades) and for their controversial stance on eugenics. This year we also celebrated the 100th anniversary of women obtaining the partial right to vote in Alberta.
The Women’s Centre’s Jane’s Walk is open to all community members and we encourage everyone to check us out online!