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Mothers Are Women

  • Instelling
  • 1984-1995
Mothers Are Women (MAW) was a national, Ottawa-based feminist organization established in September 1984 by Maureen Kellerman, as a special project of the Parent Preschool Resource Centre. It evolved into an independent and volunteer-run organization, partially funded by Secretary of State funding. MAW members respected all childcare choices but they were especially concerned with the interests of women who chose to stay at home with their children. They identified that this choice was undervalued by society at the time so they offered personal support as well as lobbying for greater recognition of stay at home mothers. They had support groups, a telephone helpline (the MAW line), workshops, and circulated a publication called Homebase. At their height, they had 450 members representing every province and territory of Canada.

Branching Out

  • Instelling
  • 1973-1980
Branching out was initially incorporated as New Women's Magazine Society in 1973. Published in Edmonton from 1973 to 1980, Branching Out was a high quality magazine produced by volunteers with a mandate to publish literature, art and feminist analysis by Canadian women. They sought to create a professional magazine and solicited contributions of prose, poetry, photography, book and film reviews, and news about women's groups across the country. This was in stark contrast to many women's magazines at the time that concentrated on traditional feminine subjects such as housekeeping and knitting patterns. The first issue appeared on shelves in December 1974. Sharon Batt and Susan McMaster were the founding and long term editors and the magazine was staffed by volunteers. Submissions were solicited and a nominal fee was paid. With the exception of hiring a printer, the staff handled all aspects of publication, from layout to distribution.

Crone, Emma Joy

  • Persoon
  • 1928-
Emma Joy Reeves was born in January 1928 in Manchester, England, to a working class family. From 1943 to 1945 she received secretarial and business training from the College of Commerce in Manchester. For more than 30 years, she worked as a medical secretary in different doctors' offices. From 1957 to 1961, she trained as a Hospital Welfare Worker and then became a Geriatric Social Worker. In 1965, following a divorce after 12 years of marriage, she moved to Germany and in 1968 emigrated to New York. A year later, Joy Reeves moved to San Francisco and became involved in the feminist movement. Joy Reeves had been involved with her former husband in the protest against Nuclear Warfare since the end of the Second World War. In 1973, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. In Canada, she is better known under the pen name Emma Joy Crone, a feminist writer and lesbian. She published “The common woman” in August 2005. She has also published articles and poetry in many magazines such as Herspectives.

Bold Print Inc.

  • Instelling
  • 1986-1994
Bold Print Inc. was founded and owned by Joan Turner, who was at the time, an associate professor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Social Work. The Bold Print bookstore was incorporated in 1986 and opened its doors on 7 August 1986 at 478 A River Ave in Winnipeg. The bookstore moved into the lower level at 478 River Avenue in August 1991 at the request of the new building owner. The bookstore was financed and staffed by women and sold women’s books, music and art. It collaborated and hosted readings by women authors. Heidi Eigenkind became part of Bold Print in 1987 just after Herizons Magazine had ceased publication and Bold Print had just started. Anne Kent was co-manager. Shellyse Szakacs and later Sue Peterman were casual staff, while Patricia Rawson did the accounts. Bold Print was sold in 1994.

Turner, Joan

  • Persoon
Joan Turner was an associate professor at the University of Manitoba’s School of Social Work for almost 20 years and also had a private practice that included counselling, therapeutic massage and body work. Upon receiving an inheritance from an aunt who had always supported women’s issues, Joan decided to open a women’s bookstore in her memory. The Bold Print bookstore located in Winnipeg, Manitoba was in operation from 1986 until 1994. Turner edited Living the Changes and co-edited Perspectives on Women (originally titled “in the 80’s”; and Spider Women: A Tapestry of Healing and Creativity.

Kellerman, Maureen

  • Persoon
  • 1957-2012
Maureen Elizabeth Kellerman completed a BA in Canadian Studies at Carleton University and devoted her life to supporting young families at the local and national levels. She worked for Canadian Association of Family Resource Centres, and Canadian/Military Family Resource Centres. Educator, activist, and leader, Maureen founded Mothers Are Women (MAW) in 1984, and was a key organizer for the legalization of midwifery in Ontario during the 1990s.

The Feminist News Service

  • Instelling
  • 1974-?
The Feminist News Service started in December 1974, after a conference held in Winnipeg. It became a national organization with an office in all provinces except for the Atlantic and the territories. Their aim was to become a link between women's groups and newspapers across the country.

Montreal Women's Network

  • Instelling
  • 1979-1993
The Montreal Women's Network incorporated women's groups and educational organizations who were dedicated to increasing learning opportunities for women in the Montreal region. Established in 1979, the Network sought to link women who were already active in their local communities and to provide them with formal and informal learning opportunities. The common aim was to help women to help themselves, to increase their options both within and outside the home, and to help them make choices about their future. They published a bi-monthly newsletter, publicity flyer, and organized regular programs and activities.

Wages Due Lesbians

  • Instelling
  • 1973-1984

Prior to Wages for Housework’s demise, in the mid-1970s a group of lesbians which had belonged to it created a new organization, Wages Due Lesbians (also known as Wages Due). Their policies were much the same, however, their emphasis was on the rights of lesbian mothers. Their constitutional difference was that: “Wages for Housework recognizes that doing cleaning, raising children, taking care of men, is not women’s biological destiny. Lesbianism recognizes that heterosexual love and marriage is not women’s biological destiny. Both are definitions of women’s roles by the state and for the advantage of the state.” (Lesbians Organize, Toronto, Ontario, 1977)

The Wages Due Lesbians organization campaigned to have housework recognized as work and demanded the right to have relationships with other women. They also made demands to the government for paid daycare, so that lesbian women could work and keep their children. As with Wages for Housework, they were highly involved in campaigns, rallies and publishing articles on women rights and in particular lesbian mothers’ rights. The organization seems to have disbanded by the early 1980s.

Sexual Assault Centre of Brant

  • Instelling
  • 1993-
In 1988 a group of women who sought to provide support to victims of sexual assault at the community level came together to form the Brant Sexual Assault Awareness Committee. They aimed to increase any services that existed for sexual assault victims; educate Brant County residents regarding the extent of sexual assault, and to advocate for the development of local services. In 1990, funding from the Ontario Women's Directorate and Secretary of State enabled a survey to be carried out, the results of which overwhelmingly called for sexual assault services to be established. In 1991 under the NDP government the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant was formed and it continues to offer this support today to women in Brant County who are survivors of sexual violence and to the people who support these survivors. They offer individual and group counselling, public education, advocacy, resources, and accompaniments to the court, police, or hospital. All of their services are open to women 16 and over in Brant County. The crisis line is open to survivors of sexual violence (female or male) or a friend or family member of someone who has experienced sexual violence.
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