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Canadian Women’s Studies Association (CWSA)

  • Instelling
  • 1982-

The Canadian Women’s Studies Association (CWSA) was founded in 1982 at the Learned Societies’ Conference in Ottawa. As a bilingual association of Women’s Studies practitioners across Canada, the CWSA’s mandate is to provide a professional network for Women’s Studies specialists and to promote and foster women’s studies as an academic discipline. The CWSA was a member of the Canadian Humanities Federation, the Social Science Federation of Canada and later, when these two organizations merged, the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada (HSSFC). In conjunction with the HSSFC, they sponsor an annual conference. The CWSA has published a biannual newsletter since 1982.

In 1992, the CWSA issued its first conference programme entitled Weaving alliances: selected papers presented for the Canadian Women’s Studies Association at the 1991 and 1992 Learned Societies Conferences. The CWSA took over the publication of Atlantis, originally a women’s studies journal issued by Mount Saint Vincent University in 1994 when its publication was suspended due to internal disputes.
In 1993, in response to gender equity issues uncovered at the University of Victoria Political Science Department and on other Canadian campuses, the CWSA launched the Chilly Climate Committee to investigate the issue and propose remedies. In 1998, the CWSA website was launched and a cyber-committee was created in order to keep the association apprised of issues concerning women and new communications technology.

Since 2002, Atlantis, under the aegis of the CWSA, has sponsored an annual prize for a monograph in either French or English published during the previous year. The Book Prize was renamed in 2011 to the Outstanding Scholarship Prize. In 2004, the CWSA introduced both the Undergraduate and Graduate Essay Prizes. The essays are anonymously judged by a committee of 3-5 members.

The CWSA continues to promote Women’s Studies as an academic discipline and it continues to sponsor conferences and publish periodicals on the subject.

Lesbian Organization of Toronto (LOOT)

  • Instelling
  • 1976-1980
The Lesbian Organization of Toronto (LOOT) was founded in 1976 and was Toronto's first openly lesbian feminist group. L.O.O.T. grew out of an October 1976 meeting convened in the C.H.A.T. (Community Homophile Association of Toronto) offices on Church Street. Fiona Rattray, an original member, estimates the meeting was attended by 30-60 lesbians. Members present at this meeting decided to rent part of a house (342 Jarvis St), to develop a multi-use lesbian centre. The collective also included Eve Zaremba, who would later become one of Canada's first notable openly lesbian writers, and Lynne Fernie, a noted documentary filmmaker. The Lesbian Organization of Toronto shared the building with two other compatible organizations; The Other Woman, one of Toronto's longest lasting feminist newsmagazines, and the Three of Cups Women's Coffeehouse. L.O.O.T. moved into the house on February 1, 1977. The organization regularly provided peer support, telephone counselling, dances, social & political activities, a lending library, a newsletter, potluck socials, brunches, concerts and performances by well-known feminist and lesbian musicians like Ferron, Alix Dobkin, Mama Quilla II, and Beverley Glenn Copeland. In 1979, L.O.O.T. members, in collaboration with the International Women's Day Committee, organized that year's Bi-National Lesbian Conference on the University of Toronto campus.

International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES)

  • Instelling
  • 1964-
INWES is the International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists. It is a global non-profit organization that serves to strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations related to women in STEM worldwide through the exchange of information, networking, and advocacy activities to increase the presence of women in STEM worldwide and to be a responsible voice and influence on scientific issues for the benefit of society and the environment. The International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES) had been taking place for twelve years before delegates decided to create a network of organizations that represent women in STEM fields in 2001. In 2003, INWES was declared a non-profit corporation under Canadian law. INWES continues to exist as an organization and it sponsors workshops, conferences, and research, publishes a newsletter, and hosts regional meetings throughout the world.

Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women

  • Instelling
  • 1979-2001
The Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women (CCLOW) is a national organization which was formed in 1971 to promote learning opportunities for women. It facilitated networking, identified barriers, publicized critical issues, organized conferences, and publishesda periodical, Women’s Education des femmes. CCLOW was originally called the Canadian Committee on Learning Opportunities for Women. The Quebec regional chapter was formed in circa 1979 and CCLOW disbanded in 2001.

Women of Impact

  • Instelling
  • 2014-2015
This project led by Mary Wells and Anne Millar, aimed to recognize and document the experiences and accomplishments of leading women in mining, metallurgy, and materials in Canada and throughout the world. Furthermore, it was designed to disseminate their inspiring stories through a one-day Women of Impact symposium as part of the 2015 Conference of Metallurgists (COM) and through a peer-reviewed publication, which was provided to key networks of women in science and engineering across Canada. The interviews took place during 2014-2015.

Canadian Feminist Periodicals Association

  • Instelling
The Canadian Feminist Periodicals Association hosted the Canadian Feminist Periodicals Conference yearly. They also participated in consultations with Government organizations, such as the Secretary of State, regarding women's issues.

Women's Studies Program, University of Ottawa / Progamme en Études des femmes, Université d'Ottawa

  • Instelling
  • 1980-1999
In the 1970s, a few pioneers women from various disciplines such as English, History, French Letters, Psychology, Political Science, Religious Studies and Sociology developed the first courses dealing with women's issues at the University of Ottawa. In the 1980s, a coordinating committee made up of professors and students from the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences developed the framework for a program in Women's Studies. In 1983, the creation of a bilingual program in Women's Studies was officially approved by the Senate. The program is offered at the undergraduate level and is attached to the Office of the Vice-President, Academic. In 1985, the Department of the Secretary of State granted a Joint Chair in Women's Studies at the Universities of Ottawa and Carleton. In 1995, a fully bilingual, multidisciplinary program in Women's Studies at the Master's level was established. The objective of the program is to combine graduate studies in a particular discipline with the feminist approach and issues developed in Women's Studies. In 1999, the Women's Studies Institute replaced the Women's Studies program. In 2004, the Women's Studies Institute was transferred to the administration of the Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2014, the Women's Studies Institute becomes the Institute of Women's and Gender Studies. (Source : / Dans les années 1970, quelques pionnières provenant de diverses disciplines telles que English, Histoire, Lettres françaises, Psychologie, Sciences politique, Sciences religieuses et Sociologie développement les premiers cours traitant de questions reliées aux femmes à l’Université d’Ottawa. Dans les années 1980, un comité de coordination constitué de professeures et d’étudiantes de la Faculté des arts et de la Faculté des sciences sociales, conçoit le canevas d’un programme en études des femmes. En 1983, la création d’un programme bilingue en études des femmes est approuvée officiellement par le Sénat. Le programme est offert au niveau du premier cycle et rattaché au cabinet du vice-recteur aux études. En 1985, le Secrétariat d’État accorde une Chaire conjointe en études des femmes aux Universités d’Ottawa et de Carleton. En 1995, un programme pluridisciplinaire entièrement bilingue en études des femmes au niveau de la maîtrise est mis en place. L’objectif du programme est de combiner des études de deuxième cycle dans une discipline particulière avec l’approche féministe et les problématiques développées en études des femmes. En 1999, l’Institut d’études des femmes remplace le programme en études des femmes. En 2004, l’Institut d’études des femmes passe sous l’administration de la Faculté des sciences sociales. En 2014, l'Institut d'études des femmes devient l'Institut d'études féministes et de genre. (Source : )

Service, Office and Retail Workers of Canada (SORWUC)

  • Instelling
  • 1971-1986
The SORWUC began in 1971 with the Working Women’s Association of Vancouver and involved mainly unorganized women themselves. The group was also involved with public education about day care, job security, and equal pay. The union became formally organized and born from the Working Women’s Association of Vancouver in 1972 by a founding convention of 24 women, having the intention of creating SORWUC to represent organized occupations that were not yet included in the traditional trade unions at that time in Canada. The union aimed to overcome adversities faced by working women within these occupations by negotiating and bargaining for what they aimed to publicly educate their members on such as improve working conditions and provide job security. The union was able to branch out in three years’ time to include bank workers, and individuals from the finance industry. Having a presence primarily in British Columbia where the headquarters was located, SORWUC had a national presence in Canada due to Local sections of sisters and members in various cities. Local 7 was chartered in June 1982 for the region of Ontario and was based in Ottawa. After a decade of organized events and national presence, SORWUC ended operations in 1986.

The Women's Press

  • Instelling
  • 1971-

The Women’s Press (also known as the Canadian Women’s Educational Press) was founded in 1971, by a subgroup of the Toronto Women’s Liberation Movement, one of the first feminist political organizations in Toronto. The initiative for a feminist press grew out of a dissatisfaction with the mainstream publishing community which had rejected Women Unite!, the first compilation of Canadian contemporary feminist writing. Their mandate was to provide an alternative means of making feminist ideas widely accessible and continue their involvement in the growing Canadian women’s movement. The Canadian Women’s Educational Press, more commonly known as the Women’s Press, was started officially on a grant from the Toronto Local Initiates Project (LIP) as a socialist feminist collective publishing feminist fiction, non-fiction and non-sexist children’s books.

In 1988 the Women’s Press began public discussion of an internal dispute regarding a proposed anti-racist policy. The discussions ended in a split within the Press with some original members departing to form the ‘Second Story Press’.

Women’s Press is Canada’s oldest English language feminist publisher. For over forty years, Women’s Press has played an integral role in the proliferation of high-quality Canadian writing in the fields of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies

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.
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