Women and Social Issues

In addition to fighting outright discrimination, the Status of Women Councils and other women’s organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador often tackled social issues caused by inequities or that were of special concern to women. Poverty, housing issues, and local regional problems were often matters of concern. For instance, the Gateway Status of Women Council lobbied for provincial money to improve their municipal water system and the Mokami Status of Women Council prepared a background paper on housing for the “Women and the Constitution” conference in St. John's in 1984.

…most Canadian women become poor at some point in their lives. Their poverty is rarely the result of controllable circumstances, but of the roles they are still expected to play in society.

- excerpt from Women and Poverty, a National Welfare Council report published in 1979