M988.175.59 | International Women's Day
International Women's Day
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
March 8, 1988, 20th century
Felt pen and ink on paper
28 x 30.7 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
This woman says that to mark International Women's Day, she would much rather have equal pay for work of equal value than a traditional bouquet of flowers. The cartoonist is reminding readers of this long-standing demand of the women's movement.
In Québec, one of the notable changes in relations between men and women has been women's greater access to higher education and the growing number of women managers and executives.
More and more Québec women are occupying senior positions, both in the public and private sectors. Data compiled by Québec's Conseil du statut de la femme for 2006 show that women have made significant inroads as decision makers in areas such as health care, education and culture.
Following a decision by the United Nations, International Women's Day has been celebrated on March 8 since 1977.
The woman in this cartoon looks like a professional, a manager or a company executive.