Women’s History in the News… With the Canadian National Anthem!

In January 2018, the Canadian Senate passed a bill to make the Canadian national anthem gender neutral. Many Canadians are unaware of the fact that the original national anthem was gender neutral, being changed in 1913 to the “in all thy sons command” version. Regardless, the change (or reversion back to the original version) has sparked a heated debate across Canada, from some bill opponents (e.g. some Conservative MPs and Senators) to indigenous and other groups who have suggested that the change does little to change the narrative of colonialism that has dominated the conversation for hundreds of years.