International Women's Day: Young women talk feminism, Lise Thériault
Quebec's minister responsible for the status of women sparks debate with feminism comments
International Women's Day comes just a week after Lise Thériault, the Quebec minister responsible for the status of women, said she believes in equal rights for men and women — but rejected the label of being a feminist.
Following criticism over her statement that she is an egalitarian, Thériault said that she is indeed a feminist "in her own way."
We asked young women at Concordia University, who proudly identify as feminists, what they make of Thériault's comments.
It sends a message that in order to be successful you need to give into this man's world and you need to feed into these other ideas — you can't be an individual and share your own idea about things.
I think she is trying to compromise her beliefs in order to please more people.
What I make of this is basically a lack of commitment by saying that you're an egalitarian and not a feminist acknowledges the fact you don't know what feminism is.
It's her job. In a way if you're supposed to serve women, it's a little bit as if the ministry of environment was against environmental policies. It's contradictory in a way. If you're going to advocate for women's conditions then you should better women's conditions.
It's very surprising that she doesn't consider herself a feminist especially as her title should include her feeling this as a core part of her identity.
I personally feel insulted that she hasn't taken the time to learn what this word means that is so important in today's culture and has been in different periods of course.
I thought it was disappointing that she chose to say that she was not a feminist.
I think it would have been better to have not said anything at all. It would have been better to just not say anything at all rather than identify as a feminist.
By saying that she's not, she's adding to history where the word feminist has really been discredited and has almost become a dirty word. It's really damaging to the movement and to women who identify as feminists.