Women’s Rights and Men’s Rights Movements

… an Atlas concept in Socioeconomic and Political Context and Atlas105


Wikipedia (references below) provides the following descriptions:

Women’s rights are the rights and entitlements claimed for women and girls of many societies worldwide, and formed the basis to the women’s rights movement in the nineteenth century and feminist movement during the 20th century. In some countries, these rights are institutionalized or supported by law, local custom, and behavior, whereas in others they may be ignored or suppressed. They differ from broader notions of human rights through claims of an inherent historical and traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls, in favour of men and boys. Issues commonly associated with notions of women’s rights include, though are not limited to, the right: to bodily integrity and autonomy; to be free from sexual violence; to vote; to hold public office; to enter into legal contracts; to have equal rights in family law; to work; to fair wages or equal pay; to have reproductive rights; to own property; to education.”

“The men’s rights movement (MRM) is a part of the larger men’s movement. It branched off from the men’s liberation movement in the early 1970s. The men’s rights movement is made up of a variety of groups and individuals who focus on numerous social issues (including family law, parenting, reproduction, domestic violence) and government services (including education, compulsory military service, social safety nets, and health policies), which men’s rights advocates say discriminate against men. Some scholars consider the men’s rights movement or parts of the movement to be a backlash to feminism. Men’s rights activists contest claims by feminists that men have greater power, privilege or advantage than women and argue that modern feminism has gone too far and has harmed men’s rights.”

Advocacy organizations (sample)
National Council of Women of Canada

National Organization of Women (NOW)

Canadian Association for Equality

National Coalition for Men

YouTube videos and articles (sample)
Jill Filipovic (2016), The Men Feminists Left Behind, New York Times, 5 November 2016

Kim Campbell (2016), 100 years of Women’s Rights in Canada

Justin Trudeau (2016), ‘I am a feminist’ – Justin Trudeau receives Catalyst award in New York City, March 16th

United Nations (2015), The Journey of Women’s Rights – 1911-2015

The Real News (2015), UN Reports Blasts Canada’s Human Rights Record on Violence Against Indigenous Women

CBC (2015), Men’s Rights Groups – The Sunday Talk

Cassie Jaye (2015), Everything you need to know about The Red Pill

Janice Fiamengo (2015), Why I Am An Anti-Feminist – The Fiamengo File, Episode 1 

Janice Fiamengo (2016), Single-Sex Universities, Ottawa City Hall, 17 September

Karen Straughan (2016), Ogres, Onions and Men’s Issues Advocacy, National Conference on Men’s Issues, Ottawa, 19 September 2016 

Atlas topic, subject, and course

Gender Inequality (core topic) in Socioeconomic and Political Context and Atlas105.


Wikipedia, Women’s rights, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_rights, accessed 10 October 2016.

Wikipedia, Men’s rights movement, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men%27s_rights_movement, accessed 10 October 2016.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 13 March 2017.

Image: Julianne Ross, The 8 Biggest Lies Men’s Rights Activists Spread About Women, at https://mic.com/articles/90131/the-8-biggest-lies-men-s-rights-activists-spread-about-women, (image reversed), accessed 10 October 2016.