#ABWomenSpeak - Linda Blade
On Sunday, May 2, 2021, we joined various women's groups in Canada, including WHRC Canada, Alberta Radical Feminists, and caWsbar (Canadian Women's Sex-Based Rights) and took to the grounds of the Alberta Legislature to hold a protest.
What follows is a transcript of Linda Blade's remarks!
A video of this speech and those of the other speakers is available on our facebook page!
Linda Blade is a coach and the president of Athletics Alberta. She has a PhD in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University, a Chartered Professional Coach designation in track and field, and is a former champion heptathlete. If anyone is qualified to talk about the differences between male and female bodies, it's Linda.
My name is Linda Blade. I live and work in Edmonton.
I am a Sport Performance coach and serve as elected President of Athletics Alberta.
very name - ALBERTA - was taken from one of the daughters of Queen Victoria
back in 1905.
It strikes me that this daughter, Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, was intelligent, outspoken, and curious.
Her nickname in youth was: "Little miss WHY."
Well, guess what: distinguished daughters of Alberta who came after her ALSO happen to be great at asking WHY.
One hundred years ago, FIVE WOMEN came together right here in Edmonton because they realized that FEMALE CITIZENS in CANADA were NOT considered to be HUMAN PERSONS under the law!
Just like Louise Alberta they were asking WHY?
WHY are women in Canada NOT considered PERSONS?
WHY are women in Canada NOT able to serve in ALL bodies of leadership - including the Senate?
Here are the names of these suffragettes:
- Emily Murphy
- Irene Parlby
- Louse McKinney
- Henrietta Muir Edwards
- Nellie McClung
Do you know that in this very city of Edmonton where we stand today each of these women actually have a park named after them?
They were great! They paved a pathway for us! And we celebrate their achievement.
When they first got together and started making some noise, they were called, "The Alberta Five."
Next, after withstanding challenges, they persisted and were called, "The Valiant Five."
After finally winning their case and thereby ensuring that women in Canada are INDEED to be recognized as PERSONS in law - with equal rights as men to the ballot box and to leadership positions - they were called, "The Famous Five."
It was specifically about equality of the sexes - BIOLOGICAL SEX - the term "gender identity" did not exist back then.
Well, NOW, a century later, there are many more of us, right?
Today, on May 2, 2021, we stand together at the epicenter of that momentous struggle to launch a new movement and to ask once again WHY?
WHY are the sex-based rights of FEMALE PERSONS in Canada being negotiated away?
WHY are Canadian leaders in government and society so quick to capitulate to an ideology that seeks to secure unimpeded access of male bodies into:
- women's sports
- women's prisons
- women's hospital wards
- women's shelters
- women's washrooms
Like the Famous Five of old, we gather today in this new century to serve notice that we will not stop asking "WHY?" until we reclaim our sex-based rights.
Female persons of today, as well as future generations of Canadian women and girls, have the right to live in dignity and security.
My sisters and allies: Let them count on us to fight this battle for them!
Thank you very much!
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