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Reasons we are part of the feminist movement

The following exhibit focuses on items used in reaction to some of the main issues during the Canadian feminist movement from 1970 to 1995. The issues explored in the exhibit include equal rights in the workplace, LGBTQ rights, and reproductive rights.

The exhibit centres on the Reasons we are part of the feminist movement t-shirt, created by the National Association of Women and the Law. This t-shirt serves as the focal point by listing some of the more popular issues in the Canadian Feminist movement. Through the t-shirt, a collection of buttons, t-shirts and posters from the Canadian Women’s Movement Archive (CWMA), hosted at the University of Ottawa’s Archives and Special Collections, are used to explore the issues women were fighting for during the Canadian feminist movement.

This exhibit was created by Mary Aksim, Felicia Fortin, and Christina Parsons, as part of the ISI6354 Cultural Heritage Resources course at the University of Ottawa.


Explore the exhibit!



  • Mary Aksim
  • Felicia Fortin
  • Christina Parsons



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Every Mother is a Working Mother. (2016). About us. Retrieved from:  http://www.everymothernetwork.net/about-us/

Holmes, T.T. (2016). The Illegal Birth Control Handbook That Spread Across College Campuses in 1968. Atlas Obscura. Retrieved April 14, 2017 from http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-illegal-birth-control-handbook-that-spread-across-college-campuses-in-1968

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Rise Up Feminist Archive. (2016). LGBTQ+ Organizing. Retrieved from: http://riseupfeministarchive.ca/activism/issues-actions/lgbtq-organizing/

Rise Up Feminist Archive. (2016). Reproductive Rights and Choice. Retrieved April 3, 2017 from http://riseupfeministarchive.ca/activism/issues-actions/reproductive-rights-and-choice/

Rise Up Feminist Archive. (2016). The Birth Control Handbook and the Montreal Health Press. Retrieved April 14, 2017 from http://riseupfeministarchive.ca/activism/issues-actions/the-birth-control-handbook-and-the-montreal-health-press/

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