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  • Ideas

    stories of menstruation: sweet secrets

    by Kathleen O'Grady and Paula Wansbrough | May 10, 2001

    Something all mothers and daughters share is how we deal with the passage from girl to woman. Kathleen O’Grady and Paula Wansbrough have written a book for young women – Sweet Secrets: Stories of Menstruation. It includes short stories and factual information about menstruation. read more

  • People

    Cairine Wilson

    by Ann Farrell | May 9, 2001

    Cairine Wilson paved the way for the future of women in politics by becoming, in 1930, Canada’s first female Senator. Though by no means a radical, she broke away from the role of society matron and undertook a career as a political Liberal with substantial help, at the outset, from her husband’s connections. Over the years, she worked in the Legislature on behalf of women, Medicare, divorce, and was on numerous committees, making life easier for people and women in Canada. read more

  • Reviews

    the secret of Gabi's dresser

    by Kathy Kacer | Apr 20, 2001

    In recognition and in remembrance of the Holocaust, we present an excerpt from a book for young people (8 to 11) by Kathy Kacer. Kathy’s mother, Gabi, was a young Jewish girl living in what was is now Slovakia (then part of Czechoslovakia). In 1942, government forces started to deport Jews from Slovakia. At one point, the target of the deportations was young, single girls. In Gabi’ voice, her daughter Kathy tells what Gabi experienced, and how she survived to eventually come to live in Canada. read more

  • People

    dancer, choreographer: Claudia Moore

    Mar 12, 2001

    At 47 years young, working from the stuff of everyday human experience to create a cross between dance, theatre, music, performance art and visual design, is what Toronto-based choreographer Claudia Moore does best. Through MOonhORsE Dance Theatre, working with dancers, composers, musicians and designers to create dances called, “Wombdoor and Crow Sisters,” Moore is a sensitive commentator on the human condition and women’s lives in particular. read more

  • Ideas

    the first Friday in March: World Day of Prayer

    Feb 23, 2001

    In 2001, the World Day of Prayer – celebrated the world over by Christians – was associated with a gender-inclusive theme chosen by Samoan women. The women of this island near New Zealand indicate in their prayers that a prayer is not complete without an action following it. read more

  • News

    February 14, 1981: women’s constitution conference

    by Penney Kome | Feb 6, 2001

    Does Valentine’s Day, 1981, ring a bell? Many women in Canada will remember the day when they gathered in Ottawa, Ontario, for the women’s constitutional conference, the first public conference ever held in Parliament buildings to discuss Canada’s new constitution. On that day, and in the excitement that followed, they, with thousands of other women across Canada who spoke up and took action, changed the history of Canada. read more

  • Ideas

    Kwanzaa in Canada

    by Afua Cooper | Dec 19, 2000

    New ideas, new values and new traditions are all part of Kwanzaa, the cultural holiday celebrating the history, culture, survival, struggles, resilience and triumphs of Black families and communities around the world. Kwanzaa gives women hope that our society and culture are changing – slowly but surely. Happy Kwanzaa to all! read more

  • People

    Lea Roback

    by Judy Rebick | Dec 4, 2000

    Canada has a special gift that is rarely recognized – a generation of women who blazed the trail for feminism and remained active throughout their lives. Doris Anderson, Kay Macpherson , Muriel Duckworth and Madeleine Parent are but a few of the best known. An even earlier pioneer died in 2001 in Montréal at the age of 96 – Lea Roback, union organizer. read more

  • People

    new Canadian: Maria Smeriglio

    by Maria Smeriglio | Nov 29, 2000

    Arriving in Toronto from Italy in 1973, Maria Smeriglio was determined to learn English once her children settled into school. Starting in 1983, her journey learning the English language has given her many challenges and successes, and she has grown intellectually and culturally, passing the lessons on to her two sons. She now works as a head librarian. read more

  • People

    Miyoko Ohtake

    by Ruth Brown Johnson | Nov 29, 2000

    In 1942, after Japan entered World War Two, the Canadian government passed the War Measures Act, stripping 20,000 Japanese Canadians of their property and forcibly moving them to internment camps where they were confined until after the War had ended. All this to allay fears of any Japanese spies or secret agents living in Canada. 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