Canadian human rights took a revolutionary turn after the introduction of the Bill of Rights in 1960. Although it applied only to federal statutes, provinces followed the lead and enacted human rights laws throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s. The awareness of and support for human rights were crucial for activists to gain strength and push for greater inclusion. For instance, sexual relations between men over the age of 21 was decriminalized during this period. The disability rights movement, indigenous people’s claims, and the second-wave feminism were also empowered by the language of human rights. Although we have made great progress since then, continuous effort is required to ensure equity.
During the Canadian Rights Revolution period, music also acquired a revolutionary style as exemplified by the popular rock band The Beatles. The cover of their album Abbey Road shows the members of the band walking in line on a zebra crossing at Abbey Road. Inspired by this iconic picture, the cover for this IMMpress issue, “Accessibility & Equity in STEM”, shows members of the STEM community crossing King’s College Road at the University of Toronto. Our goal in this opportunity was to represent some of the minority groups that contribute to different areas of STEM and the importance of equity and inclusion to allow them to move forward. Making a better place for everyone is in our hands.