Douglas College shows feminist documentary
By Shea O’Grady, Contributor
The Women’s Centre at Douglas College screened the documentary Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada in the New Westminster campus concourse on November 12.
The film highlighted many of the poignant issues and struggles that are relevant to Canadian women today. It was powerful, moving, and at times shocking as it suggested that many Canadian women currently struggle with a lack of access to abortion, childcare, and safety from violence.
Status Quo provided Douglas students a comprehensive view of the feminist movement in Canada. It featured striking archival footage of demonstrations in Vancouver in the 1970s, which led me to wonder why this level of concern and involvement isn’t present in the current struggles women face in 2013.
New Westminster’s MLA Judy Darcy addressed the audience at the beginning of the film, informing them that “feminism is not a new swear word.”
She stressed that these issues are very real today and that places like Douglas College and the Douglas Women’s Centre are excellent forums to further these discussions.
Women’s Centres can be found at both campuses, open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.