Fonds 10-008 - Toronto Wages for Housework Committee fonds

Women Against Rape Benefit Dance Coming Out in Millions: Public Meeting

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Toronto Wages for Housework Committee fonds

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CA ON0034 10-008

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  • 1966-1986, predominant 1973-1986 (Creation)
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    Toronto Wages for Housework Committee

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27.5 cm of textual records

20 photographs ; b&w negative

2 posters ; 45 x 27 cm, 40 x 28.5 cm

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(1973-1986)

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The Toronto Wages for Housework Committee (WFH) was a women’s group based in Toronto which began its operations around 1973. This committee was a branch of an international organization of the same name. It demanded that the federal and provincial governments pay wages for housework. It believed that housework kept women in the home, without financial independence from men. It also fought against the lower wages women received in paid employment, which also kept women dependent on a man’s income. The group attempted to rectify the inequality by launching campaigns in which isolated women could come together and struggle for their causes.

The Toronto Wages for Housework Committee gathered a large number of articles, pamphlets and newsletters from various organizations including the Wages for Housework Committee from other countries, organizations across Canada and several organizations from the Toronto area. The Wages for Housework Committee of Toronto often attended conferences on women's issues and kept themselves aware of the activities of other organizations. They were also active in organizing campaigns and producing articles related to wage issues. Although the date of their demise is not known, it appears from the documents that they ceased operation sometime in 1986.

Custodial history

This fonds was donated by Francie Wyland to the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections in 1993 along with Lesbian Mothers’ Defence Fund fonds and Wages Due Lesbians fonds.

Scope and content

The Toronto Wages For Housework Committee (WFH) fonds contains mostly textual documents, two posters and one group of photograph negatives. It contains WFH administrative documents as well as flyers, speeches, pamphlets, and correspondence with related organizations such as Wages Due Lesbians, Women Against Rape, Family Benefits Working Group, and Wages For Housework groups in Canada and internationally. Also included are newspaper clippings which illustrate the Wages for Housework campaign during the 1970s.

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There are six series: Organization and Mandate; Conferences; Correspondence; Organization and Branches; Outreach; and Issues.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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The majority of the fonds is open and accessible, however, some files are restricted for a predetermined period of time. Please ask ARCS staff for further information.

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ON0034

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Draft

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Full

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Revised in May 2016

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  • English

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