The First Fight for Suffrage by Renée Bondy
Emily Howard Jennings Stowe, remembered mainly as a tireless advocate for women’s suffrage and education, was also the first woman to have a medical practice in Canada. After her initial request to attend classes in chemistry and physiology at the University of Toronto in 1865 was denied,
Stowe wrote an objection letter to the vice-president of the university stating that “These university doors will open some day to women.”
The Dearth of a Nation by Sheila Nopper
In this article, Afua Cooper blows the whistle on Canada's history of slavery and gives a voice to unsung heroes of the past.
Afua Cooper is a poet and writer whose work includes Memories Have Tongue, Utterances and Incantations: Women, Poetry and Dub, and (with co-editors Peggy Bristow and Dionne Brand) We're Rooted Here and They Can't Pull Us Up: Essays in African Canadian Women's History.
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms 20 Years Later by Debra Parkes and Sara Lugtig
The federal government wants you to mark April 17, 2002 on your calendar. On that day, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will turn 20. There will be ceremonies on Parliament Hill, academic conferences and media retrospectives commemorating this milestone in Canada's constitutional history.
The Speech that Shook the Country by Sunera Thobani
Sunera Thobani's speech at the "Women's Resistance: From Victimization to Criminalization" conference in Ottawa on October 1 2001, provoked a storm of controversy after her remarks were interpreted as blaming the September 11th terrorist attacks on U.S. foreign policy. Canada's Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, described it as a "terrible speech that we are 100 percent against."
The Currency of Viola Desmond by Evelyn C. White
Viola Desmond (right) will appear on the $10 Canadian bank note in 2018. This article, which appeared in Herizons Spring 2015 Special Issue on Women who Changed Canada, pays tribute to the civil rights icon.
Viola Desmond Led Civil Rights Fight by Evelyn C. White
Born and raised in Halifax, Viola Desmond was a successful beautician who, in 1946, challenged racial prejudice.
The Powerful Influence of Iroquois Women by Jan Noel
The Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, allocated a degree of importance to women which was quite singular.