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Bodyscape: Isolation, Health, and the Woman’s Voice

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manage to impress Premier Scott with her determination and knowledge, he

compliments her and re-enforces his paternalistic stance saying, “Pity, we could have

used the likes of a man like you in the legislature.”

While “the vote” is eventually won, the final note on the struggle for women’s

suffrage seems to ring more ironically than inspirationally, with its comment that: “[the

Saskatchewan women’s suffrage campaign]’s successful outcome was proof once again

  • that progress towards equal justice for all thrives remarkably well in the frontier soil

of Saskatchewan.” Again, the women in the play refer to Manitoba’s decision to allow

women to vote as the pivotal event of their struggle; Saskatchewan would have to

follow Manitoba’s precedent. While “progress towards equal justice for all thrives

remarkably well in the frontier soil of Saskatchewan” it was the Manitoba government

that tilled the first row.

The voice of women on the farm, in relation to the economics of farm wills and

estates, and access to health care are also at issue in Reunion by Kim Dales and Roy

Morrissey (33:00).61 The issues are similar, but the play is set in the then-present day

of the 1980s. This suggests that many of the issues of To Do And Endure are still of

concern. In Reunion, three siblings meet after their father’s funeral to discuss his estate.

Doug, the eldest son, is bitter at not being named in the will, despite having already

gained his inheritance in the form of a house, bought by the father for Doug and his

pregnant girlfriend. The middle child, Billy, has stayed on the farm and hopes to

continue to work it. He has inherited all but the home quarter, which was left to his

mom. Tracy, the only daughter, is the youngest child. She has become a lawyer and

moved to Toronto. Discussion turns to whether their mom should stay on the farm or

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Kim Dales appears in the bibliography as Kim Morrissey.

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