Are R.E.A.L. women for real?

They’re ba-ack! And with a vengeance, it seems. They call themselves R.E.A.L. women but their goals are pretty unreal and quite frightening, as they always have been. Their ongoing attack on Status of Women Canada (SWC) sounds pretty much like their battlecry from the Mulroney years. And they’re specifically targetting the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC), the Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF) and the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL).

NAC, NAWL and LEAF were part of the coalition of women and women’s organizations which worked to defeat Canada’s misogynist abortion law in the 80s. That they are pro-choice and continue their work, across the country, for the equality provisions afforded to women in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms must be why they’re under attack. Well, that, and the anti-choicers must believe they have a sympathetic ear in the Harper.
Here’s an update on the (un)R.E.A.L. Women’s current campaign:

REAL Women of Canada has obtained an additional Access to Information
request on feminist groups for 2004 - 2005 through Status of Women Canada. 

In their latest newsletter (May - June 2006), they've posted budgets to
organizations such as LEAF, NAWL, & NAC on their website as part of their
Letter Writing Campaign to MPs. 

Links to the specific articles in their online Newsletter:

Ongoing Discrimination of Status of Women:

Professional Feminists Face Changing Times:

For visitor's who don't wish to visit the REAL Women website, the text of
the letter to MPs from REAL Women is also available online at DAWN Ontario
et en français

In the 80s a Planned Parenthood worker suggested feminists call themselves FAKE women: Feminists, Ass-Kicking for Equality. It still has a certain ring to it…

Updated to add this link where a long-time R.E.A.L. women’s activist, Gwen Landolt, trashes the Supreme Court as a political toy.
Thanks to Barbara at DAWN Ontario for the lead.


5 thoughts on “Are R.E.A.L. women for real?

  1. We spent years in the ’80s fighting off R.E.A.L. Women on campus.

    They were constantly trying to shut down our Women’s Centre and to stop any of our campus daycare initiatives. They would bring in speakers regularly. They tried to get Students’ Union funding, but only had 4 or 5 on campus members. The rest of the people who would come out for their events were all off campus people – often from various fundamentalist churches in our city.

    R.E.A.L. Women has always been as phony as a 3 dollar bill – always struggling for a veneer of legitimacy – that’s why they spent so much time on their “Campus Club”. They wanted to have the intellectual legitimacy of their events being held on campus.

  2. Haven’t the Status of Women Canada been proven to be very ineffective? Aren’t they the ones who ran out of money and have asked for more government handouts? Really, this proves that their views of women are out of touch with the everyday woman.

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