Dwight-Spore, Margaret

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Dwight-Spore, Margaret

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Margaret Dwight-Spore was born in the United States but moved in Canada with her husband in 1971. In 1977, she founded Better End All Vicious Erotic Repression (B.E.A.V.E.R), an organization dedicated to decriminalizing prostitution in Canada. Around 1979 BEAVER changed its name to Committee Against Street Harassment (CASH). It offered legal advice, counselling, referrals and support to sex workers and also provided education through public discussion. It was disbanded in the early 1980s. The prostitute's resource office, "Maggie's" founded by sex-workers in the 1980s was name for Dwight-Spore.

Margaret Dwight-Spore also participated in various workshops and conferences. She was the leader of a University of Concordia seminar on prostitution and pornography, a Conference on Human Sexuality and Freedom workshop leader and a National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) conference prostitution workshop panel participant. In addition to her involvement in conferences and activities, she also worked as a resource person at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and the Elizabeth Fry Society and she the focus of an interview published in Fireweed in 1978. In 1985, Margaret Dwight-Spore returned to the United States.

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