Miss G Project comes to Queen's Park
Thursday, June 8, 20064 Comments
Photo By Alex Tang
Whether this noisy gardening fiasco was an order from those at Queen’s Park who, hours earlier, refused entry (and use of their washrooms) to a woman wearing a shirt that read “This is what a Feminist looks like” until the offending t-short was removed, or just an unlucky coincidence, was anyone’s guess.
Amplifiers and microphones were soon assembled and the voices of artists like Karyn Ellis and Elena Juatco drew in a crowd. Brescia N. Reid, Carmen Elle and Sarah Keshenof the Whoremoans and the Waterloo Chapter of the Miss G___ project joined them.
Authors and Politicians came to read their own and others’ work as a statement: “We need Women’s Studies in Ontario Secondary Schools, and if we can’t access women’s writing in the classroom, we’re bringing it here.”
The Miss G___ project has been working hard to bring Women’s Studies to the high school level for over a year now. With support from teachers, politicians and students, The Miss G___ project is closer than ever to introducing Women’s Studies to Ontario High Schools as a Grade 11 and 12 Open and University credits.
Two Ontario MPPs from the Liberal Women’s Caucus, Kathleen Wynne and Deb Matthews read from Anne of Green Gables and the Paper Bag Princess, respectively, while Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Education and Women’s issues quotes India Arie’s Video.
Emma Donoghue, Angela Rawlings, Tanis Rideout and Lillian Allen all read their own works, and famed second wave feminist and pro-choice activist Judy Rebick enthralled the audience with stories from her fight for legalized abortion, and pulling the second and third wave of feminism together. She also led an invigorating and nostalgic “What do we want? Women’s Studies! When do we want it? Now!” chant.
To get involved in future Miss G___ events, contact , or to find out more about Miss G___ in general visit www.themissgproject.org.