Walk Leader: Julien Hivon
It was a sunny Saturday morning and about twenty people gathered in front of the new Rosemont library in La Petite-Patrie district. Participants were diverse and included all sorts of people ranging from 15 to 65 years old. Everyone was here to learn or share stories about heroines who had fought for women’s rights.
Only 4 percent of streets are named after women in Montréal. “The scarcity of women’s names is a symbol of inequality in our society,” noted an attendee who in 1995 had walked from Montreal to Quebec marching against poverty and violence against women.
During our walk, we snacked on some delicious homemade madeleines. It was not a tourist trail since I am not a tour guide. It was a conversation between people interested by the same subject of women’s rights. Everyone had the opportunity to share their personal experiences and knowledge, and participate in our discussion.
At one point, we stopped by the “Field of Possible.“ Here I spoke about the different waves of feminism that have take place, and shared some biographic notes on powerful female leaders such as Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain, the first woman member of the National Assembly. Finally, we made our way through quaint, green streets towards Jeanne-Mance Park, named after the co-founder of the city of Montreal. At the end of our walk, we all shared a picnic and discussed the current feminism movement.