By Johanne Adam
Three uOttawa profs tell us about three women who have made a difference in their lives.
Monique Bégin: She has made Canada a better place – in health care, in women’s studies, in whole areas that improve the lives of Canadian women.
Igung Shiban, a woman from the indigenous Truku tribe in Taiwan: Long before I came to the University of Ottawa, when I was teaching and doing research in Taiwan, she asked me to work with her to write an article about a cement factory that had fraudulently taken over the land in her community without the consent of the Indigenous people. She convinced me to do work with Indigenous people in Taiwan and that really changed my life. I now do anthropology of Indigeneity and still work in Taiwan with the Truku people.
Mulan: The woman who has inspired me the most in my life is actually a female character in a very old story. Mulan has been made into a Disney movie. It’s about a woman who disguises herself as a man to go to war instead of her aged father or younger brother. This character shows that women can do as well as men.