M996.10.418 | Women's Day

Drawing, cartoon
Women's Day
Serge Chapleau
1993, 20th century
Graphite on paper
43 x 42 cm
Gift of M. Serge Chapleau
© McCord Museum
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This cartoon satirizes the dramatic change in roles supposedly wrought by the feminist revolution: it is the man, not the woman, who is taking care of the family while waiting for his wife to come back from a special outing on the occasion of International Women's Day.

  • What

    The women's liberation movement has taken on different guises, depending on the time and place. In Québec, it has taken the form of women entering traditionally male occupations or engaging in social behaviour normally associated only with men.

  • Where

    This imaginary scene is set in a typical Québec home, at two o'clock in the morning, when the baby won't go to sleep.

  • When

    Following a decision by the United Nations, International Women's Day has been celebrated on March 8 since 1977.

  • Who

    Despite the fact that attitudes have changed in recent decades, housewives still outnumbered "househusbands" in the 1990s.