navigation main:
  • People

    dancer, choreographer, teacher, visionary: Celia Franca, 1921-2007

    by Frances Rooney | Mar 3, 2008

    A man would have been called hard headed, focused, larger than life, terrifying, adored. In an article written by Paul Gessell, Celia Franca was called “two words ... Both rhyme with rich.” Later, she was also called hard headed, focused, larger than life, terrifying, adored. Despite her look of delicate femininity, Celia Franca was tough. Because of her work, ballet and the all-important teaching of teachers of ballet have found a strong and vibrant place in Canadian culture.  read more

  • Reviews

    the education of Miss G__

    by Sarah Ghabrial | Feb 20, 2008

    Three years ago, a hopeful group of university students from Ontario thought they had an obviously great idea – introduce Women’s and Gender Studies in high school. The province greeted them with enthusiasm. Time passed. Nothing happened with the curriculum. So, for Valentine’s Day there was an organized action called No More Miss Nice G__! Here’s a recap of the cheeky groundswell to get women on course. Of course! read more

  • Ideas

    a day for Louis Riel

    by Marianne Cerilli | Feb 15, 2008

    On February 18, 2008, Manitoba will celebrate its first Louis Riel Day. While several other provinces take time off for Family Day, Manitoba will focus on one of the most controversial Canadian history-makers, who was hanged for treason on November 16, 1885. The spirit of Riel is alive, and is symbolized in both the selection of Louis Riel Day and what it represents for many Manitobans who still work for equality, inclusion and a strong political voice. read more

  • News

    peace: Afghan women and security

    by Jude MacDonald | Feb 6, 2008

    While there are a few historical references to women, gender, females and girls in the 90-page report by the Independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan, how the current situation affects them is not seriously explored. Neither is what Canada can do about it. As the political parties debate about our involvement, there is one unanswered question: How central an issue do we really consider the future of women there to be? read more

  • People

    Viola Desmond, unintentional revolutionary

    by Frances Rooney | Jan 29, 2008

    On November 8, 1946, a woman bought a ticket to a movie. She sat down in the theatre. She was told to move. She didn’t. The theatre manager went outside, found a police officer, and the two men roughly threw her out. Then she was arrested. Charged. Thrown in jail. Found guilty of an astonishing crime. Viola Desmond demanded justice. She did not receive it. This is how the segregation laws of Nova Scotia started to crumble. This is what too many of us don’t know. This is our history.  read more

  • Ideas

    section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms

    Jan 28, 2008

    This is the equality rights section of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. read more

  • People

    activist: Aoua Bocar LY-Tall, making the connections between environment and the treatment of women and girls

    by Frances Rooney | Jan 14, 2008

    What does the status of women and girls – especially as reflected in female genital mutilation – have to do with global warming? Or with planting North American seeds in rural Africa? In fact, they have everything to do with one another. read more

  • Reviews

    feisty, intelligent, must-read Canadian feminist bloggers, an incomplete beginning

    by May Lui | Dec 13, 2007

    There are so many blogs to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Before it launched, regular contributor May Lui checked out the scene, and reported on some of the highlights that stood out for her. read more

  • News

    feminist bloggers face online harassment

    by May Lui | Nov 22, 2007

    While it is being used against feminists, the borderless Internet also serves as a way to counter attacks. Canadian bloggers are using the medium to connect with each other in this country and around the world. They are learning ways to respond, developing networks, and breaking away from feelings of isolation – of being alone in the struggle. read more

  • Ideas

    at the forefront of a growing need: Dr. Ina Cummings and palliative care in Canada

    by Patricia Enborg | Oct 19, 2007

    The need for end-of-life care is growing as Canada’s population ages. Despite the increasing need for palliative care, it’s been hard to get the public involved. According to Dr. Ina Cummings, “There’s still a major hesitation because none of us really want to think about the possibility that life can end. It’s not something we want to face until we absolutely have to.” Yet not dealing with it has particularly harsh results for women – as both patients and caregivers. 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