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    eleven tips on getting more efficiency out of women employees

    by L.H. Sanders | Mar 7, 2005

    From the July 1943 edition of Mass Transportation magazine, written for male supervisors of women in the work force during World War Two. read more

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    March 8, 2005: International Women’s Day, Beijing+10

    by Jude MacDonald | Feb 27, 2005

    It started out as a national day for women, declared by the Socialist Party of America. Two years later, in 1911, March 19 marked the first International Women’s Day, and more than a million men and women came out for it. Less than a week after this momentous demonstration, a tragic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City killed more than 140 workers – most of them were immigrants, many only teenagers, and almost all were girls and women. read more

  • People

    Susanna Moodie

    by Charlotte Gray | Jan 24, 2005

    When CanLit’s Matriarch, Susanna Moodie sailed into the St. Lawrence in 1832, she was overwhelmed by the New World, especially living in the bush. read more

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    Tekahionwake: E. Pauline Johnson

    by Charlotte Gray | Jan 24, 2005

    Pauline Johnson had so much going for her. She was an inspired and hard-working writer; she had enormous stage presence; she had the kind of ambition that gets you to the top. read more

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    October 18, 1929: Persons Case

    Dec 22, 2004

    This is a hugely important date in the legal history of women as it marks the moment Canada’s women added, “persons of right and privilege” to their standing of “persons in matters of pains and penalties.” This is a story about the process, led by Emily Murphy from 1916–1927, when the petition was signed to reconsider the definition of women, to the monumental day in 1929. Since then, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund has continued to press for changes to laws that affect women. read more

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    June Callwood

    by Ann Farrell | Aug 10, 2004

    June Callwood was one of Canada’s best known writers and community activists. She had acted, in the fullest sense, as a citizen. Driven by clear and simple values, she worked hard to make those values come alive in how Canadians regard and treat each other. Here is the story of her life’s journey. read more

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    heart and soul a nurse: Doris Atcheson

    by Doris Atcheson | Jul 13, 2004

    Doris Atcheson started her career as a teacher, but all she ever wanted to be was a nurse. A nursing student at Victoria Public Hospital during World War Two and polio epidemics, she tells her story.  read more

  • Reviews

    history: the Toronto dyke scene

    by Heather Ann Brown | Jun 15, 2004

    Every year since 1996, dykes hold a march on the day before the Sunday Pride Parade in Toronto. Behind all the fun is a vibrant community that is taking a visible and vocal place in society. The same thing is happening in other towns and cities in Canada and around the world. The route to the parade has been a committed and creative one. read more

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    Grace Annie Lockhart

    Jun 2, 2004

    May 25, 1875: Grace Annie Lockhart is awarded a bachelor’s degree in science and English literature. She is the first woman in Canada – and the entire British Empire – to graduate from university.  read more

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    Mary Jean MacKay Ross Skoggard, May 13, 1917–December 6, 2003

    by Ross Skoggard | May 4, 2004

    An artist, mother, teacher, traveller – Mary Jean MacKay Ross Skoggard’s personal history is checkered with romance novel-like adventures and stories. As a young woman, she was uncomfortable with her privileged upbringing, which is probably why she became such a generous spirit later in life. Her eldest child, Ross MacKay has written a very touching memoir of the life of his mother. 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