Status Quo: The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada

If you haven’t already watched the new documentary Status Quo: The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada, we highly recommend adding it to your must-see list for April. This documentary, by award winning filmmaker Karen Cho, looks at the evolution of feminism and the state of gender (in)equality in Canada from the early 1960s to today. Both a tribute to change-makers from Canada’s past and a reflection on all that remains to be done, this film is an important watch for Canadians of all ages and backgrounds.

“We saw we could make change [when we organized the women’s movement in the early sixties] and we did it. And we need to do it again.”

-Status Quo

Status Quo traces the history of several issues that have for years been central tenants of gender equality in Canada including violence against women, murdered and missing aboriginal women, access to abortion, and childcare. The film also reveals how these issues look today, shedding light on the ways in which gender inequality continues to exist in Canada.

Throughout the history of both our triumphs and failures, Status Quo speaks loudly to the importance of grassroots women’s movements in creating positive change for gender equality in Canada (you can read more on how grassroots movements are the most effective in creating change in another blog post here).

“It sounds revolutionary but, on the other hand, what are we here for?”

-Status Quo

This film has all of us here at The MATCH Fund excitedly looking  towards the future. Over the years, we have witnessed many great victories for women in Canada, but, this film also reminds us that there is still work for us to do and that grassroots women’s movements will need to be a driving force behind that change. We are therefore renewed in our commitment to work at the grassroots level. We are reminded again and again that this is where the momentum builds and this is where change happens.

Watch the trailer for the film at the National Film Board of Canada’s website where you can download the film to rent or own. Afterwards, consider visiting feminist current to listen to Ravida Din, the producer of Status Quo, speak about the film and her opinions on which issues we need to focus on today [spoiler alert: it’s all of them] and how young men and women can be more involved and effective in their work towards achieving gender equality. You can listen to that podcast here.