• International Women’s Day 2018 (#IWD2018)

    In 1977 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed a day for women’s rights and international peace. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day. IWD has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. In many countries it is an official holiday. In Canada, more than 40 events will be held this year. Watch video »

  • IWD: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

    Looking back at the founding Women’s Liberation Movement conference on the 48th anniversary. And looking forward to what strategy and what principles must feminism stand for? Keep reading »

  • Women Rise Up Against Gender Violence in the Caribbean

    Justin Podur interviews Joan Joy Grant Cummings On March 11, survivors of violence against women and their allies and supporters held marches in six Caribbean countries. Started by two Barbadian women, Ronelle King and Allyson Benn, the movement had the hashtag #LifeInLeggings. In Jamaica, one of the groups marching was the Tambourine Army, a movement of … Keep reading »

  • Militarism: Revolutionary Mothering and Rosie the Riveter

    The women who mobilized the January global protest against Trump are upping the ante with plans for a one-day women’s general strike. They focus on many appalling injustices and on the violence ignored by “lean-in feminism”: “women in the formal labor market, women working in the sphere of social reproduction and care, and unemployed and … Keep reading »

  • Canadian Women Marching in Washington

    Feminist Solidarity in Historical Perspective A friend’s daughter set out on January 19th from Montreal for Washington to join American protests timed to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump. She may not know that she is marching in a long Canadian tradition of cross-border feminist solidarity going back to a 1913 suffrage demonstration, also timed … Keep reading »

  • Women’s March on Washington

    The Women’s Movement We Need January 21 is set to be the day of one of the largest protests in recent U.S. history, the Women’s March on Washington. The widely-publicized protest is expected to dwarf the numbers at Trump’s inauguration, as three times more busses are registered for the Women’s March than for the inauguration. These … Keep reading »

  • Women Can’t Wait; Repeal the 8th

    The Politics of Abortion and the Irish National Election Abortion is one of the defining issues of the 2016 national Irish election, yet a vast majority of candidates have declined to give their views on the controversial subject. 331 of the 392 candidates have not declared a position, 33 candidates have stated support for keeping the … Keep reading »

  • Its About Time: Remembering Reproduction in 1930s Women Writers

    Peterborough — 24 October 2015. This was the Keynote Address of the “Dissenting Traditions” conference to Address the Intellectual and Political Interests of Canada Research Chair, Bryan D. Palmer at Trent University, 23-24 October 2015. Introduction by Joan Sangster. Presentation by: Rosemary Hennessy (Rice Univ): “Its About Time: Remembering Reproduction in 1930s Women Writers” This … Watch video »

  • A Women’s Labour History Walking Tour

    Toronto — 4 May 2014. This customized tour acknowledges the Mississauga of New Credit, the aboriginal nation whose ancestral lands the city is built on, and highlights the struggles, gains and losses of women in the city’s labour and feminist movements from the 1850s up to the present – a history that has been silenced … Watch video »

  • Pink Wages and the Colour of Economic Exclusion

    The Politics of Wage-Setting in Ontario The current debate in Ontario over raising the minimum wage offers insights into the politics of wage-setting in the neoliberal era, which is based on the notion that labour markets are gender neutral, colour blind, and that workers and employers meet each other on equal ground. According to this logic, … Keep reading »

  • Socialism and Feminism

    Toronto — 16 November 2013. Moderated by Brian Donnelly. Presentations by: Abbie Bakan: “Marxism, Feminism, and Indigeneity: Rethinking and Rereading Engels’ Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State.” Abbie is co-author with Daiva Stasiulis of Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System. Sue Ferguson: “Social Reproduction Theory.” Sue is author … Watch video »

  • Protests Erupt in Nova Scotia Following Institutional Failure to Protect Female Teen Assault Victim

    There is anguish and anger across the province of Nova Scotia following the death by suicide of teenager Rehtaeh Parsons on April 7. The 17-year old hanged herself in the family home on April 4. Three days later, her parents consented to removing her from life support. Rehtaeh Parsons death was provoked by institutional failure … Keep reading »