This fonds consists of documents relating to the Business and Professional Women's Club of Ottawa (BPWCO)'s administration, committees, finances, events such as Biennial Conventions, Annual Provincial Conferences, programs and workshops, views on various women's issues such as minimum wage, equality and abortion. It contains mostly textual material such as correspondence, speeches, procedures, publications, reports, budgets, and newspaper clippings, in addition to some photographs and certificates.
Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Ottawa (BWCPO)
This fonds contains mostly clippings and court cases reflecting the Lesbian Mothers’ Defence Fund mandate of providing information and emotional support for lesbian mothers involved in child custody cases. They achieved this by creating a source of literature for lawyers and lesbian mothers to consult, such as court cases, Lesbian Mother Litigation Manual and other articles on the subject. The fonds also includes administrative documents such as meeting minutes and reports, as well as correspondence with affiliated groups and individuals.
This fonds consists of Wendy McPeake's personal files. It is composed mainly of textual records from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. It contains files related to her involvement in various groups and organizations such as the Ottawa Women’s Centre, the Political Action Collective, the Feminist Action Collective, the Local 7/SORWUC, and the Public Service Alliance of Canada Women’s Committee. It includes materials related to feminist publishers from Canada and the United States, collected by Wendy McPeake when she was arts coordinator for Upstream magazine. The fonds also contains various subject files that reflect Wendy McPeake’s interests during this period. The 1970s was an active period for feminist organizations, especially at the grass-roots level, where a rich feminist culture of politics, music, publishing, and art flourished. Thus, this fonds offers insight into the Women’s Movement in Ottawa, mostly during the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
The banner is composed of white fabric with black inscriptions. In a black circle is mentioned "Women Organize Women Strike" with the Women's Collective symbol, a cross with a fist in a circle at the top. On the right side it says " FEMINIST ACTION COLLECTIVE". « Inspirées par la grève nationale des femmes en Islande, nous avons commencé à organiser une grève des femmes, écrit et distribué des tracts sur le harcèlement sexuel, le travail des femmes, les femmes et les nouvelles technologies. Nous avons également appuyé la ville en ce qui concerne le Ottawa Tenants' Council's Tent City et fourni un soutien aux femmes syndiquées en grève de la compagnie d'assurances de l'Union du Canada (OPEIU 225) et de la British American Banknote Company. » (Traduction de la lettre de Wendy McPeake du 31 mai 2016).