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  • Ideas

    the witch

    by Elizabeth Dobson | Jan 9, 2003

    In today’s scientific world, people do not normally believe in magic. They see the witch as an amusing relic from our superstitious past – a harmless “Old Mother Goose” that is remembered at Hallowe’en. But, for centuries, the witch was viewed as a truly evil woman who used supernatural powers to cause death and misfortune. Authorities in Europe may have executed anywhere from 50,000 to 2-million “witches” between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries (some say more). read more

  • People

    a passionate fighter: Maude Barlow

    by Ann Farrell | Jan 2, 2003

    Small choices made by individuals can change the world. That is the belief of Maude Barlow, a woman who wants to change the world. Right now, she sees changes in how some think about water. And she’s worried. Is water a commodity or a right? A good or a need? And what can we do to make sure everyone gets enough? read more

  • People

    athlete and musician: Sylvia Sweeney

    by DG Graham | Oct 3, 2002

    October is Women’s History Month in Canada. Status of Women Canada has chosen 2002’s theme as “Women and Sports – Champions Forever!” It is right to celebrate our champions, all of whom combine great talent with great tenacity and perseverance to reach their goals. To us, however, the most compelling thing about women and sport in Canada is that women and girls throughout our history have been determined to play sports in their communities no matter what barriers we faced. read more

  • People

    passionate campaigner for choice: Barbara Cadbury

    Jul 9, 2002

    Improving the status of women is essential to reducing poverty. Family planning, maternal health care and reproductive health services are essential to improving the status of women. Barbara Cadbury knew that and she made it her life’s work.  read more

  • Ideas

    CoolWomen timeline

    by Pat Staton | Feb 19, 2002

    SNAPSHOTS IN TIME: One Cool Woman’s Take on some of the Achievements of Women in Canada. read more

  • People

    social activist and mayor: Grace Hartman

    by Mary Lue Hinds | Jan 30, 2002

    When Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world,” she could have been talking about Grace Hartman. Grace’s commitment to cultural, civic and women’s issues led her to become Sudbury’s first woman controller and first woman deputy mayor – paving the way for women to run for public office and continue their education to the highest level. read more

  • News

    packing for the north

    by Deborah Barnt | Jan 21, 2002

    Blemished fruit. I can’t enjoy a crisp winter tomato without thinking of Juana. For the past seven years, Deborah Barndt has photographed and interviewed Mexican field workers and packers, Canadian cashiers and fast-food workers, all women – like Juana – along the tomato trail. read more

  • People

    Beth Powning

    by Ann Farrell | Dec 27, 2001

    Miscarriages and stillbirths are a universal part of women’s experience. And, even with the medical psychological knowledge we have today, they are often treated as taboo subjects. Indeed, as many aspects of women’s sexuality – fertility and reproduction – across different cultures and countries are treated. Beth Powning, whose son, Tate, died of stillbirth in 1975, has played an integral role in the course of her life as a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, writer, potter, actor and activist. read more

  • People

    the workers’ fighter par excellence: Eileen Tallman Sufrin, 1913–1999

    by Ann Farrell | Jul 13, 2001

    Eileen Tallman Sufrin was a worker’s advocate from her early days of employment, focusing mostly on the plight of women in the workplace. Over her life and up to her final days, she was a tireless advocate of strikes, improved labour conditions and unionization. Her biggest battle, though a failed attempt, to unionize Eaton’s workers from 1948–1952, is recorded in a book used as a teaching tool for union organizers today. read more

  • People

    artist and writer: Emily Carr

    by Elizabeth Dobson | Jul 11, 2001

    Whether they know it or not, many people who live in or visit Canada have met Emily Carr, the artist who helped give shape to Canada’s unique identity. There is no monument to her, save for a footbridge erected near her house in Victoria, British Columbia, but her art, inspired by the spirit of Canada, and her passion for painting native life, is everywhere within view. read more


  • Seasonal Feature

  • April 1994: the night raid at Kingston’s Prison for Women

    by Sierra Bacquie

    There was supposed to be a new approach to the Correctional Service of Canada’s relationship to female offenders, who were promised responsible choices, respect, dignity, supportive environments, and shared responsibility. But on the night of April 26, eight women experienced humiliation, degradation, raw fear and trauma at the hands of an all-male emergency team. How did this happen? What has changed since?  read more