Feminism, Society and Spaces

Photo:  The monument to the 'Famous Five,' Parliament Hill, Ottawa

This walk highlights not only the role of women in Canadian society and history through existing landmarks, but also their absence in representations, recognition and accolades in public spaces and consciousness. The first stop is the Women are Persons Monuments—a rare tribute to women in Canadian history—on Parliament Hill, where we will examine the legacy of the Famous Five.  We'll continue across Parliament Hill to the Supreme Court of Canada and down to City Hall. 

Participants will explore women’s historical roles, and the myriad of firsts: the first female Member of Parliament, the first female Prime Minister, the first female ​​Supreme Court justice, the first female mayor of Ottawa, among others, including notable feminist activists.  The walk takes an intersectional and critical look at who is represented and commemorated in public spaces.


We'll meet at the Women are Persons Monuments on Parliament Hill.   We'll continue across Parliament Hill to the Supreme Court of Canada and then down to City Hall. 

Note that the monument is located to the east side of the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.  

About the walk leader

Amy Kishek is a proud intersectional feminist killjoy. She is a Palestinian-Canadian lawyer working to represent unionized workers across Canada in matters of labour and human rights law. She was previously a political staffer, and has worked with a number of organizations in federal lobbying and advocacy. Amy is the co-host of the Bad + Bitchy podcast, a weekly intersectional feminist podcast providing the hottest takes on the latest in politics, social issues and pop culture.  You can find the Bad + Bitchy website here


Bad + Bitchy and Amy Kishek

Date:Sat May 5, 2018
Time:12:30 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Language: English
Start:Women are Persons ..........................Monuments, Parliament Hill
End:Marion Dewar Plaza, City Hall
Area:Parliament Hill, Centretowne
Distance:2.0 kms

The walk will follow city sidewalks and paved pathways. 

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