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  • News

    cuz girls got game!: Eve’s Quest

    by May Lui | Mar 6, 2006

    Whether you transform into a DIVA, SISTER or GODDESS, everyone – women, men, teens, adults and grandparents – will enjoy this game. read more

  • News

    a sweetheart deal: Ad Hoc’s 25 years of constitutional reform

    by Jude MacDonald | Feb 13, 2006

    Making sure women counted in Canada’s constitution has never been easy – but it’s also something women have been willing to work hard for. In 2006, the anniversary of the Women’s Constitution Conference was marked by a gathering in Ottawa. read more

  • News

    building hope in Lesotho

    by Shelagh M'Gonigle | Dec 2, 2005

    This Canadian initiative helps youth, especially girls, to avoid HIV/AIDS and early death. Help Lesotho tackles the ravages of the disease on vulnerable children through initiatives to shore up the country’s existing community and educational structures. The key is education. Getting and keeping children in school – and providing them with hope of a future they can create for themselves – greatly reduce the likelihood of inflection. Yet few can afford it. read more

  • News

    Aboriginal women, sexual violence and HIV/AIDS

    by Lynn Hall | Nov 28, 2005

    Each year, December 1 marks World AIDS Day. From November 25–December 10, 2005, activists around the world are talking about the connections between two epidemics: violence against women and AIDS. Women living with violence are less able to protect themselves from infection and less likely to get important health information and services, including testing and treatment. In Canada, this twin crisis has an especially devastating impact in Aboriginal communities. read more

  • People

    a person of the world: Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman

    by Jude MacDonald | Nov 25, 2005

    Her life spanned much of the twentieth century. She was a citizen, an advocate and an internationalist who wanted a more equitable society. She was a privileged woman whose mother presented her with Virginia Woolf’s Room of One's Own as a wedding gift. She struggled within the confines of the rules and roles imposed by family, gender and obligation. Through it all, Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman was her own woman. read more

  • People

    Mary May Simon, Canada’s first Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs

    by Sierra Bacquie | Nov 11, 2005

    She studied at home because she couldn’t go to regular school as a child. Mary Simon went on to build an impressive list of accomplishments, all carried out with a commitment to advocating on behalf of the native people of Canada’s North. read more

  • Reviews

    women and war: Women’s History Month 2005, contributions and consequences

    by Jude MacDonald | Oct 5, 2005

    It’s been 60 years since World War Two ended. On this anniversary, Women’s History Month looks at the roles of women in times of war, peace-making and conflict. CoolWomen reviews its stories about Canadian women who have faced the battle. read more

  • People

    Welcoming Governor General Michaëlle Jean

    by Sierra Bacquie | Sep 29, 2005

    On August 4, 2005, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced he had selected 48-year-old Michaëlle Jean to succeed Adrienne Clarkson as Canada’s Governor General. It was an inspired, historic and, at the time, controversial choice. Jean – a broadcast journalist from Quebec, whose family came to this country as refugees when she was ten – would become the first Black person and the first Black woman to hold the vice-regal position. read more

  • People

    acts of war, acts of peace, acting for equality

    by Sierra Bacquie | Sep 21, 2005

    Since she was a teenager in strife-ridden Sri Lanka, Toronto’s Regi David has worked for peace, and to ensure women’s rights. More than once, she’s risked her life because of her commitment. “I could think of no better role model for any woman.” read more

  • Ideas

    the Miss G__ Project, making women’s studies a back-to-school basic

    by Sarah Ghabrial | Aug 25, 2005

    Women’s studies is not, as some have dismissed it, “a course for girls.” It is a significant scholarly discipline, one which has amassed a respected and respectable tradition since it first emerged at the university-level in the mid-twentieth century. And it should be taught in high scho 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