How JFK Fuelled a Feminist Movement at U of T


Old School Stories – Episode 2 – A President and protest come to Hart House
University of Toronto | 6:12 min

Linda Silver Dranoff was thrilled to attend U of T in the 1950’s but was surprised when she was told that she could not attend a debate because she was a woman. In that moment she knew she had to take a stand in order to make positive change.

“The first time I fought for the rights of women was when we were forbidden from attending a debate at Hart House featuring then Senator John F. Kennedy and student orator Stephen Lewis.  It was 1957 and I was in my first year at the University of Toronto.  We protested outside the open Hart House Debates Room window, seeking fairness for women.”

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