Volume 92, Issue 84

Tuesday, March 9, 1999


Editorial Board 1998-99

How Stanley got his groove back

Editorial Cartoon

How Stanley got his groove back

"OK fellows. When you're done lining up for your picture with the Stanley Cup, these lovely ladies have baked a cake for ya'll. Help yourself."

A similar suggestion, by the women standing on the sidelines of the University Community Centre's atrium, would have proved to be just as effective yesterday afternoon. However, no such attempt was made and International Women's Day passed under the glance of the anxious hockey fans, as they anticipated their chance to be opposite the famous cup.

Stereotypes ran high yesterday. The majority of men stood in line with their gleam set upon the Cup, while the women stood unnoticed with some fresh baked goodies. The women presented themselves with a cake, the standard homemaker's delight, along with a painted poster and pamphlets detailing the event.

Their purpose was to bring attention to women's oppression around the world and to celebrate the progress achieved in ending this strife. Yesterday marked the remembrance of women garment workers, who in 1857 walked out on the violent conditions of their employment, but this commemoration fell on deaf ears yesterday afternoon.

The International Women's Day success was drowned out by the spotlights, music and cameras for the hockey event. The sensationalized event sparkled and overshadowed the seriously-toned day.

Instead of following in the failed path of the Crisis in Education rally, the organizers of International Women's Day should have used the crowd to their advantage. The atrium is constantly filled with students passing through between classes and it offers the ideal location to grab people's attention. The day's success could have been bolstered by prominent speakers from the community, such as Mayor Diane Haskett, who would then set the stage for the larger issues at hand. But none of these attempts were made and the baked alternatives proved futile.

A poorly organized event cost the needed focus for this crucial topic. The Stanley Cup tour obviously maintains a higher budget than the women's issues network. Yet the organizers of the International Women's Day efforts, namely the University Students' Council and WIN, could have avoided this conflict. An arrangement of different times for the two events would have cast a brighter spotlight upon women's issues.

Both events are worthy of the limelight, however, one must not overpower the other and smother an important message.

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