Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this feminist docudrama, directors Yolaine Rouleau and Jean Chabot have excerpted clips from women's rights movements: suffragette marches, ERA gatherings, antipornography demonstrations and other activities to illustrate the well-known thesis that women have had a difficult time trying to obtain rights that have always been given freely to men, by men. The directors introduce a human dimension to these larger-than-life issues through interviews with a woman who was the first female to graduate from Laval University in southern Quebec, another woman who recalls the fight to obtain the vote in Quebec, and a tearful mother of five who testifies to the discrimination against women who have had "too many" children (she was abandoned by her husband). These vignettes are tied together by the device of a woman on a train, reading Virginia Woolf and thinking about how women have to use their influence to keep men from engaging in war. A wide range of women's issues are covered in this fictional treatment of non-fictional reality, either a drawback or an asset, depending on the viewer's own perspective.
march [military], protester, women's-issues