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Bird Commission's 30th anniversary

The Royal Commission on the Status of Women, called by Prime Minister Pearson in February 1967, held the notion of equal opportunity as its precept. Chaired by journalist Florence Bird, the panel was criticized both for exceeding traditional boundaries and also for hedging on the conservative. But the great undercurrent born of the Bird Commission was a renunciation against inequality.

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On International Women's Day 30 years after the Bird Commission's final report, CBC Radio's This Morning's Ralph Benmergui hosts a panel to evaluate progress and change. He speaks to Monique Bégin, former executive secretary of the Commission, and historian Barbara Freeman on what's been implemented, what's been neglected and differences in the old versus the new generation of feminists.
• In 1992 the federal government commemorated the first official Women's History Month in Canada.
Medium: Radio
Program: This Morning
Broadcast Date: March 8, 2001
Guests: Monique Bégin, Barbara Freeman
Host: Ralph Benmergui
Duration: 6:24

Last updated: March 10, 2014

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