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Fonds consists of the records pertaining to the activities of the Canadian Association for Women in Science (CAWIS) and includes CAWIS administration records, 1981-1992; CAFWEST records, 1983-1989; Task Force on the Status of Women Graduate Students records, 1985-1991; Women's Studies Working Group records, 1985-1989; York Women's Centre records, 1975-1991.
CAWIS (Canadian Association for Women in Science) was formed in 1981. It started as a chapter of the U.S. based Association for Women in Science (AWIS), but a decision was made at the chapter meeting in May, 1981 to from a wholly Canadian organization in order to better serve the needs of Canadians. CAWIS initiatives and activities include publishing a CAWIS newsletter; co-ordinating public seminars and lectures; promoting science education in high schools for girls; supporting, lobbying, informing organizations, ministries, associations on issues relevant to women and science; participating in conferences on women and science; establishing a CAWIS award to Canadian women in science; establishing a Canadian registry of women in science; and marketing the organization CAWIS to the general public and women involved/interested in scientific professions.