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The Visible Woman

Directed by Beryl Fox
Canada, 1975 (documentary, 32 minutes, colour / black and white, English)
Also known as "The Visible Woman: A History of Women and Women's Rights in Canada"

Film Description:
"Documentary film about the history of women and women's rights in Canada. It uses still images, motion pictures and contemporary written commentary to illustrate the following subjects: the lives of early Canadian pioneer women and immigrant women; traditional roles and tasks performed by Canadian women in the past; the rise of women against male dominance; the fight for the vote and for the right to university education; customs and social stereotyping which discriminated against women; the role of Lady Aberdeen and the social reform movement; efforts to improve the lives of women and children; efforts to improve the lot of working women, particularly in the realm of salary and working conditions; the suffragists; the temperance crusade; the changing status of women during the First World War, when many women did war-related work outside the home and some women got the right to vote; the return to traditional roles after the war; Agnes McPhail; Emily Murphy; Thérèse Casgrain; how the Depression of the 1930s halted reforms; the changes brought about by World War Two; Margaret Hyndman; the entry into the workforce of thousands of women during the Second World War; the impact of the 1950s and 1960s, with such changes as the birth control pill and the availability of household labour-saving appliances; the polarization between women's 'libbers' and the establishment; Laura Sabia; the number of teachers in the workforce in Toronto, why teachers are in the majority; the Royal Commission on the Status of Women; Doris Anderson; [Laurel Ritchie]; [Sandra Birkenmayer]; [Maryon Kantaroff] and [Mary Eberts]."
-- Library and Archives Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Jean Cochrane
Produced by: Beryl Fox, Jean Cochrane, Annette Cohen
Narrator: Naomi Winkler
Cinematography: Hideaki Kobayashi
Film Editing: Doreen Miller
Production Company: Women Teacher's Federation of Ontario

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