According to the New Feminist constitution, the goal of the organization “shall be the elimination of sex roles”. The first issue of the The New Feminist expressed the basis of the group this way:
“New Feminists are a group of women in search of their humanity in a society that demeans them.
We are children of our times and our world. Each or us bears the scars of having grown up as women in a man’s world. We are groping to understand and change – first ourselves and then the distorting society.
Our ideas vary. Some of us believe that marriage must be abolished. Others that marriage can be reformed and be saved, much changed and for the few. Some believe that all women must have a job; some others think that whether man, woman, both, or neither are employed is irrelevant, providing their lives are productive.
Some think political and economic revolution is necessary for the liberation of women. Others think that 19th century ideologies are not the answer to the problems of the 20th century woman, that we must find our own way.
On this we are all agreed. Our society is fundamentally built on separate but unequal sex-roles for men and woman. The first, fundamental step in the liberation of woman is the rejection of a society so ordered. A new society where prepackaged sex-roles are irrelevant is our objective. We must be humans before we are male or female, and society must be reconstituted to express this.”
New Feminists Documents
|Abortion Cavalcade: May 9th – 10th, Ottawa Bound, National Action by Women||1970||Ontario|
|Agenda: 1st Annual General Meeting Agenda||1970||Ontario|
|Constitution of New Feminists||--||Ontario|
|Letter to Trudeau Government on Abortion||1970||National (all of Canada)|
|New Feminist Suggested Reading List on Feminism||--||National (all of Canada)|
|New Feminists Letter on Human Rights Code||--||Ontario|
|New Feminists Letter to Members on Consciousness-raising||--||National (all of Canada)|
|New Feminists: Early History||1970||Ontario|
|Notes on Discussion at Toronto New Feminist Meeting (August 3, 1970)||1970||Ontario|
|Radical Feminism 1||1973||Ontario|
|Women Only Party||1974||Ontario|
|Worksheet for Feminine Mystique Seminar||--||Ontario|