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  • athlete and musician: Sylvia Sweeney

    by DG Graham | Oct 3, 2002

    October is Women’s History Month in Canada. Status of Women Canada has chosen 2002’s theme as “Women and Sports – Champions Forever!” It is right to celebrate our champions, all of whom combine great talent with great tenacity and perseverance to reach their goals. To us, however, the most compelling thing about women and sport in Canada is that women and girls throughout our history have been determined to play sports in their communities no matter what barriers we faced. read more

  • passionate campaigner for choice: Barbara Cadbury

    Jul 9, 2002

    Improving the status of women is essential to reducing poverty. Family planning, maternal health care and reproductive health services are essential to improving the status of women. Barbara Cadbury knew that and she made it her life’s work.  read more

  • social activist and mayor: Grace Hartman

    by Mary Lue Hinds | Jan 30, 2002

    When Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world,” she could have been talking about Grace Hartman. Grace’s commitment to cultural, civic and women’s issues led her to become Sudbury’s first woman controller and first woman deputy mayor – paving the way for women to run for public office and continue their education to the highest level. read more

  • Beth Powning

    by Ann Farrell | Dec 27, 2001

    Miscarriages and stillbirths are a universal part of women’s experience. And, even with the medical psychological knowledge we have today, they are often treated as taboo subjects. Indeed, as many aspects of women’s sexuality – fertility and reproduction – across different cultures and countries are treated. Beth Powning, whose son, Tate, died of stillbirth in 1975, has played an integral role in the course of her life as a daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, writer, potter, actor and activist. read more

  • the workers’ fighter par excellence: Eileen Tallman Sufrin, 1913–1999

    by Ann Farrell | Jul 13, 2001

    Eileen Tallman Sufrin was a worker’s advocate from her early days of employment, focusing mostly on the plight of women in the workplace. Over her life and up to her final days, she was a tireless advocate of strikes, improved labour conditions and unionization. Her biggest battle, though a failed attempt, to unionize Eaton’s workers from 1948–1952, is recorded in a book used as a teaching tool for union organizers today. read more

  • artist and writer: Emily Carr

    by Elizabeth Dobson | Jul 11, 2001

    Whether they know it or not, many people who live in or visit Canada have met Emily Carr, the artist who helped give shape to Canada’s unique identity. There is no monument to her, save for a footbridge erected near her house in Victoria, British Columbia, but her art, inspired by the spirit of Canada, and her passion for painting native life, is everywhere within view. read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


  • 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