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Feminist History in Canada

New Essays on Women, Gender, Work, and Nation

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Feminist History in Canada

New Essays on Women, Gender, Work, and Nation

In the late 1970s, feminists urged us to “rethink” Canada by placing women’s experiences at the centre of historical analysis. Forty years later, women’s and gender historians continue to take up the challenge, not only to interrogate the idea of nation but also to place their work in a global perspective. This volume showcases the work of scholars who draw on critical race theory, postcolonial theory, and transnational history to re-examine familiar topics such as biography and oral history, paid and unpaid work, marriage and family, and women’s political action. Taken together, these exciting new essays demonstrate the continued relevance of history informed by feminist perspectives.

302 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: Productive Pasts and New Directions / Catherine Carstairs and Nancy Janovicek

1 James Douglas, Amelia Connolly, and the Writing of Gender and Women’s History / Adele Perry

2 Using Diaries to Explore the Shared Worlds of Family and Community in Nineteenth-Century New Brunswick / Gail G. Campbell

3 “A Little Offensive and Defensive Alliance”: Friendship, Professional Networks, and International Child Welfare Policy / Karen Balcom

4 "The Necessity of Going": Julia Grace Wales’s Transnational Life as a Peace Activist and a Scholar / Lorna R. McLean

5 Feminist Ideals and Everyday Life: Professional Women’s Feminism at Victoria College, University of Toronto, 1900-40 / Catherine Gidney

6 Singleness and Choice: The Impact of Age, Time, and Class on Three Female Youth Diarists in 1930s Canada / Heidi MacDonald

7 Sexual Spectacles: Saleswomen in Canadian Department Store Magazines between 1920 and 1950 / Donica Belisle

8 Gender and the Career Paths of Professors in the École de service social at Laval University, 1943-72 / Hélène Charron

9 Teaching June Cleaver, Being Hazel Chong: An Oral History of Gender, Race, and National "Character" / Kristina R. Llewellyn

10 The Ontario Women’s History Network: Linking Teachers, Scholars, and History Communities / Rose Fine-Meyer

11 Fighting the “Corset of Victorian Prejudice”: Women’s Activism in Canadian Engineering during the Pioneering
Decades (1970s-80s) / Ruby Heap

12 Ad Hoc Activism: Feminist Citizens Respond to the Meech Lake Accord in New Brunswick / Anthony S.C. Hampton

13 To Help and to Serve: Women’s Career Paths in the Domestic Services Sector in Quebec City, 1960-2009 / Catherine Charron

Contributors; Index

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