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French Canadian women demand change

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.

A woman's right to choose is key among the arguments the Bird Commission hears as it rolls through Quebec City and Montreal. In the predominantly Roman Catholic province, a surprising number of women are demanding change in the abortion and divorce laws. Helene Pilotte, associate editor of French Chatelaine, discusses the results of a recent survey that examined these issues.
. In 1972 Monique Bégin, former executive secretary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, became the first female Quebecer elected to the House of Commons.
Medium: Radio
Program: Matinee
Broadcast Date: June 14, 1968
Guest(s): Helène Pilotte
Reporter: Ed Reid
Duration: 1:31

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