Women in Canada expect full and generous provision for all people's basic needs from the common wealth. Social and collective provision for sustaining life must be generous and secure in Canada and must be delivered through national mechanisms appropriately influenced and controlled by the women of our many specific communities.
By Lee Lakeman, Angela Miles, and Linda Christiansen-Ruffman
A guaranteed livable income should be looked at as a health initiative. Just as clean water and sanitation are recognized as essential in disease prevention, so should a guaranteed income be looked at as necessary to our physical and social health and the health of the planet,
A Guaranteed Livable Income must be set high enough to meet adequate standards of living. It should provide all basic necessities such as a nutritious diet, safe adequate housing, transportation, and allow for discretionary spending to enhance full participation in community life.
As feminists we are demanding our fair share of the common wealth. The successes of the
feminist revolution is rooted in collectively insisting on 100% of what we want, making the
impossible, possible – for our desire for freedom makes Guaranteed Livable Income only a
minute step towards our vision of liberation
Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) was featured in
the first issue of MS. Magazine in 1972, where welfare activist Johnnie Tillmon stated: "Maybe we
poor welfare women will really liberate women in this country… . We put together our own welfare
plan, called Guaranteed Adequate Income, which would eliminate sexism from welfare."
Welfare is like a super-sexist marriage. You trade in a man for the man. But you can't divorce him if he treats you bad. He can divorce you, of course, cut you off anytime he wants. But in that case, he keeps the kids, not you. The man runs everything. In ordinary marriage, sex is supposed to be for your husband.