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    Older Women’s Network (OWN)

    by Ann Farrell | Mar 21, 2000

    Started in 1987 following a public campaign asking for stories of abuse from being an older woman, the OWN has since become a lively, organization. Dedicated to the wisdom older women bring the world, OWN focuses on finding a voice for women over 55, and has initiated many studies and opened up branches across the country. read more

  • Reviews

    sex education in Ontario from 1900-1950

    by Christabelle Sethna | Mar 21, 2000

    This excerpt from Canadian Women Studies/les cahiers de la femme tackles the development of sex education in Ontario in the 1940s. The paper discusses how the war affected interpretations of sex education and how developments in medicine, coupled with a strict moral code, shaped the sex education curriculum of the 1940s and 1950s. read more

  • Reviews

    March 8, 2000: International Women’s Day

    Mar 3, 2000

    The World March of Women 2000 – which happened on March 8, International Women’s Day – is a day etched in the world’s calendar. It was on this day that a planetary solidarity movement happened, marking women’s determination to shake up the powers that be. Here are some of the key events that happened on that day. read more

  • People

    Chinese immigration to Canada: coming to Gum San

    Feb 3, 2000

    Racism against Chinese immigrants persisted in Canada well into the 1960s. Racism has been institutionalized in Canada’s immigration policies since the mid-1800s, and this has strongly affected the plight of Chinese women in Canada. Due to draconian laws in the 1920s and 1930s, wives were separated from their husbands for 25 years. read more

  • People

    my grandmother: Ada Nayler Butwell Forsyth

    by Pat Staton | Jan 24, 2000

    Ada’s life was filled with hard work, illness, family conflict and financial problems. Not until later in life did happiness come to her when a romantic promise made more than 50 years earlier was fulfilled. read more

  • Ideas

    a time for renewal: happy new year

    by Beth Atcheson | Dec 31, 1999

    New year festivities are among the oldest and most universally observed around the world. And while different people observe the new year at different times – many still have a strong religious basis – for all it is a time of looking back and looking forward, of assessment, of awareness and acceptance, and of remembrance and celebration of father time’s passage on mother earth. To peace, happiness and health for all in the new year! read more

  • People

    militant suffragette: Gertrude Harding

    by Gretchen Wilson | Dec 7, 1999

    What an inspiration! Not all of us are prepared to break the law for what we believe in. Gertrude Harding was. As a suffragist – one who fought for the right to vote, especially for women – Canadian Gertrude was a key member of the Militant Suffragettes in Great Britain, one of the most radical groups of women ever to fight for women’s rights. read more

  • Ideas

    December 6, 1989: Montreal Massacre of 14 women

    Dec 1, 1999

    This day of remembrance links a single event to a wider context: that violence against women persists and that, on this day, it is important to mourn and also to work for change, as the powerful slogan says. read more

  • People

    November 11: Remembrance Day

    by Carolyn Gossage | Nov 1, 1999

    During World War One, women contributed significantly to the war effort on the home front in Canada. They laboured on farms, in offices and in factories. They filled jobs of men who enlisted, and took on new jobs in factories manufacturing war goods. They headed and kept families fed and clothed. By 1917, there were over 35,000 women working in munitions factories in Quebec and Ontario. But they weren’t allowed to wear pants on the job. read more

  • Ideas

    October 31: Samhain | Hallowe’en

    by Pat Hacker | Oct 27, 1999

    Every culture is full of rituals. Celebrated in Canada as Hallowe’en, Samhain (pronounced Sow-en), Witches’ New Year, combines Pagan and Christian rituals – both helping us to remember the dead and to see ourselves on the continuum of life and transformation, while being conscious of how our present actions affect our future, just as our women ancestors’ actions affect us now. And, you ain’t seen nothing ’til you’ve seen the abundance of life affirming rituals here. 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