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    a safe home for older lesbians

    by Heather Ann Brown | Apr 23, 2004

    To this day, there’s almost a complete lack of knowledge about lesbians’ specific health care needs and concerns. There’s still a lot of discrimination shown towards us, too, which makes many less likely to take full advantage of the health care system. As we age, of course, that knowledge and support are even more critical to lesbians maintaining an active, healthful lifestyle in later years. read more

  • People

    Zanana Akande, first Black woman in Ontario’s legislature

    by Ann Farrell | Apr 23, 2004

    As a recipient of many awards such as the African Canadian Achievement Award for Education and the Award of Distinction from the Congress of Black Women, Zanana Akande’s contributions to the community characterize her overall motivation and work: focus on the related issues and a commitment to effecting positive change for people. read more

  • News

    women running: federal election 2004

    by Rosemary Spiers | Apr 6, 2004

    As Canada gets ready for a federal election in 2004, there are 63 women Members of Parliament. That is one-fifth of the number of seats. Looking across the country at nominations in federal ridings, only about 21% of the nominations so far are women, a decline from previous elections. How can the trend be reversed?  read more

  • People

    Lady Lynn Bagnall (Madge Edgar)

    by Margare Edgar Benitz | Feb 12, 2004

    After graduating from school, Madge Edgar worked as a secretary, which was one of the three fields open to women; the others being nursing and teaching. She went on to travel the world, learn several languages, and play a role in shaping Canada as a nation. read more

  • People

    playwright: Carol Bolt

    by Florence Gibson | Oct 9, 2003

    A new study to assess the current status of women in Canadian theatre has just been announced. Very little has changed since the last one in 1982, called Status of Women in Canadian Theatre, by Rina Fraticelli. The majority of students now graduating from professional training programmes are women. Only 17% of the plays produced in Canada in 2003–2004 were written by women. Only 21% of the plays had female directors. Only 18% of the country’s artistic directors are women.  read more

  • People

    life liver: Lilly Barnes

    by Lilly Barnes | Sep 15, 2003

    Lilly Barnes tells her incredible story of tough beginnings, survival, activism, creativity and success. Lilly lives life to its fullest. read more

  • News

    August 9: South African Women’s Day

    by Carole Adriaans | Jul 15, 2003

    “Freedom cannot be achieved unless women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.” – Former South African President Nelson Mandela. The South African diaspora has many faces. Carole Adriaans knows most of them in Toronto. On August 9, they will remember the past and celebrate the future. read more

  • News

    July 11: World Population Day

    by Marta Blackwell | Jun 25, 2003

    Women die in childbirth all around the world. Many of these deaths are preventable, but very few care. This is a tragic symptom of a larger violation of women’s human rights that societies are unwilling to prevent, remedy and punish. Addressing maternal death is a health issue, but the reason it is not a priority is that women count for little in many societies. Women’s health is a social justice issue and improving it goes hand in hand with equality for women.  read more

  • Reviews

    history you can touch: July 1, vacationing with Canada’s history

    by Beth Atcheson | Jun 23, 2003

    Are you there yet? Planning a summer vacation in Canada, check out the sites, persons and events of historical significance in our collective story. When you get home, think about the stories that interest you and nominate a new site, person or event. Have a safe and fun vacation. read more

  • Ideas

    June 20: summer solstice

    by Pat Hacker | Jun 17, 2003

    Summer solstice, on June 20, is the midpoint of the year; it’s the longest day and shortest night. Summer solstice is the time of divine and earthly power joined together; of the sun's brilliant energy at its zenith, and the earth at her fullness. Midsummer’s eve is when the faeries dance, the fires are lit and past sorrows are sent away. It is a night for love to be spent dancing and singing, eating fruits and cake and drinking ale. Happy summer! read more

features

  • Seasonal Feature

  • October 18, 1929: Persons Case

    This is a hugely important date in the legal history of women as it marks the moment Canada’s women added, “persons of right and privilege” to their standing of “persons in matters of pains and penalties.” This is a story about the process, led by Emily Murphy from 1916–1927, when the petition was signed to reconsider the definition of women, to the monumental day in 1929. Since then, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund has continued to press for changes to laws that affect women. read more