Herstory Cafe

Charles Hou, with Cynthia Hou: "Canadian Political Cartoonists View the Struggle for Women’s Rights"
An illustrated talk on the history of women’s issues ca. 1880 to 2015"

Thursday June 18, 2015
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre Campus, downtown Vancouver
515 West Hastings St., Room 1600
Admission is free, open to the public, seating is limited, and drop-in only.

Over the years, the Charles and Cynthia Hou have co-authored several books, including three collections of historical political cartoons. (Great Canadian Political Cartoons 1820 to 1914, 1915 to 1945, and 1946 to 1982). Charles will speak on June 18th about how cartoonists in the last 150 years have portrayed Canadian women’s issues and women's struggle for equal rights.


Biography: Charles Hou taught in Burnaby, BC, for 34 years and received the first annual Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History. From 1994 to 2013 he worked with a group of teachers to produce a national history contest for secondary school students, and continues to supplement the Begbie Contest Society website with Canadian primary source materials for educational use. Charles says that “as a teacher I was often frustrated by the omission of controversial topics from history books for high school students. In an attempt to fill this gap, and make Canadian history in general more interesting to my students, I turned to political cartoons and found a wealth of material on social history as well as on traditional political, economic and constitutional topics.”

Cynthia Hou is the editor & co-author of the Great Canadian Political Cartoons book series, which can be found at the SFU’s archives. She is also a reviewer and reviser of the Judge Begbie Contest questions.