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Lea Roback Events!

Lea Roback Events!

Almost twelve years after her death, the work and passion of Lea Roback continues to resonate with people who knew her as well as with new audiences.  There are two large, up-coming events that will feature Roback’s legacy and commitment to helping others.  On May 5th at 7:30 p.m., the Lea Roback Foundation presents a musical evening to raise funds for their scholarship programme.  The Foundation provides financial aid to women who are “socially committed and economically disadvantaged.”  The evening will consist of a concert [...]



The Woman’s Page – December 29, 1916

The Woman’s Page – December 29, 1916

December 29, 1916 “Your feminist movement does not only seek the vote but tries to inculcate this very spirit of equality…” Given how dreadfully old-fashioned all this business of wanting to be taken places sounded, was MLA out of step in a feminist forum, complaining that men were failing to play prince to her princess?  “A Mere Man”, for example, rings in on the Dec. 29 issue to report sightings of a new species of bird that would surely render old squawking chickens like MLA [...]



The Woman’s Page – December 15, 1916

The Woman’s Page – December 15, 1916

December 15, 1916 On December 1st, 1916, the “Woman’s Page” featured an appraisal of the dating scene in Montreal by the American friend, called “M.L.A.” in the article, of Jessie Abrams (re-visit the article here).  The article was quite critical of the dating habits of Jewish men in Montreal and because of this received some biting responses from men and women alike in later articles, such as the response below on December 15th. The language MLA used — of “duty” and “payment” — prompted many [...]



The Woman’s Page – November 24, 1916

The Woman’s Page – November 24, 1916

November 24, 1916 “We would feel dreadfully hurt if somebody called us aliens, and yet some have been acting like aliens.  The Jewish women of Canada must cast off their apathy and take part in our country’s cause.” Thus the author of “The Woman’s Page” of the Canadian Jewish Chronicle chastises her Canadian Jewish sisters for neglecting their duty to support the war effort in 1916 in an editorial named “Our Jewish Overseas Company.”  She compares their failing to the concerted efforts of their British [...]



The Backbone

By Catherine Lea Roback, an inexhaustible crusader for social justice, was born on November 3, 1903 in Montreal on Guilbault Street. The second of nine children of Jewish Polish immigrant parents, she spent her childhood in Beauport, a village near Quebec City, where her parents had a general store. Their house was small, two children to a bed and some beds were in the living room. Her parents were permissive and open-minded. They valued tolerance, respect, education and speaking out against injustice. Lea’s mother taught [...]



Feminism

By Catherine Feminism has always interested me. Learning and knowing what women did to change the odds and improve their situations really impress me. Lea Roback was one of these protagonists who was involved in the cause of women. As a young woman of the 21st century, I think it is important to know what changed from one generation to the next and who engaged these changes. Because the place of w omen in societies has definitely transformed a lot throughout years, we, girls and [...]