Fonds 10-027 - Wages Due Lesbians fonds

Wages due lesbians-Circular letter Toward a Strategy for the Lesbian Movement poster Support a Lesbian Mother Women's Dance-On the occasion of the conference "Toward a Strategy for the Lesbian Movement Stop the Kidnapping! Come to a Child Custory picket Motherhood, Lesbianism, Child Custody by Francie Wyland: flyer, letter and article The Child Custordy Deal Isn't Fit For Us!-Motherhood, Lesbianism, Child Custody - Francie Wyland Canadian Custody Cases-The Case for Wages for Housework Women's Noon Hour Concert

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Wages Due Lesbians fonds

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CA ON0034 10-027

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  • 1963-1984, predominant 1973-1984 (Creation)
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    Wages Due Lesbians

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31.1 cm of textual records

1 poster

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(1973-1984)

Administrative history

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.

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

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The Wages Due Lesbians fonds contains mostly textual records and one poster. It contains administrative documents as well as reports on conferences, speeches from demonstrations, correspondence with related organizations, summaries and reports on child custody cases, as well as articles and newspaper clippings.

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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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CA

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ON0034

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Draft

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Revised in July 2016

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  • English

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