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19 Oktober 2004 @ 11:49
Voici le hoser, mais où sont les femmes?  

A story on the front page of today's Toronto Star reports on the results of a survey, conducted by the CBC, in which 140,000 respondents identified their choices for the "Greatest Canadians" of all time. According to the article, the top ten, in no particular order, are:

  • Sir John A. Macdonald
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Frederick Banting
  • Lester Pearson
  • Pierre Trudeau
  • Tommy Douglas
  • Terry Fox
  • David Suzuki
  • Wayne Gretzky
  • Don Cherry

There are two facts about this list that I find particularly striking:

  1. No women are on it.
  2. Don Cherry is.

The Star has a fair bit of fun with fact #2, but they make no mention of fact #1. What is truly alarming, though, is what we can infer by considering both these facts at once: in the collective judgment of 140,000 members of the CBC's audience, a loudmothed, bigoted hockey commentator is a greater Canadian than Agnes MacPhail, Susanna Moodie, Catherine Parr Trail, Laura Secord, Jane Jacobs, Nellie McClung, Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, Alice Munro, Louise Arbour, Lucy Maud Montgomery, or indeed any Canadian woman who has ever lived. What (if anything) were they thinking?

 
 
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Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 20. Oktober, 2004 14:41 (UTC)

By the way, feminist_otd informs me that today is Nellie McClung's 131st birthday.

frogofthelakes on 20. Oktober, 2004 17:16 (UTC)
wow
I can't believe that kd lang didn't even make the top 100. Yikes.
Q. Pheevrq_pheevr on 20. Oktober, 2004 20:07 (UTC)
Re: wow

Good point. There seems to be some kind of bias in the selection of female musicians. Avril Lavigne, Céline Dion, and Shania Twain, but not kd lang or Buffy Ste.-Marie? I was glad to see Joni Mitchell on the top 100 list, though.