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Minds of Our Own: Inventing Feminist Scholarship and Women's Studies in Canada and Quebec, 1966G

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This book of personal essays by over forty women and men who founded women’s studies in Canada and Québec explores feminist activism on campus in the pivotal decade of 1966-76. The essays document the emergence of women’s studies as a new way of understanding women, men, and society, and they challenge some current preconceptions about “second wave” feminist academics.

The contributors explain how the intellectual and political revolution begun by small groups of ...

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Overview

This book of personal essays by over forty women and men who founded women’s studies in Canada and Québec explores feminist activism on campus in the pivotal decade of 1966-76. The essays document the emergence of women’s studies as a new way of understanding women, men, and society, and they challenge some current preconceptions about “second wave” feminist academics.

The contributors explain how the intellectual and political revolution begun by small groups of academics—often young, untenured women—at universities across Canada contributed to social progress and profoundly affected the way we think, speak, behave, understand equality, and conceptualize the academy and an academic career. A contextualizing essay documents the social, economic, political, and educational climate of the time, and a concluding chapter highlights the essays’ recurring themes and assesses the intellectual and social transformation that their authors helped set in motion.

The essays document the appalling sexism and racism some women encounter in seeking admission to doctoral studies, in hiring, in pay, and in establishing the legitimacy of feminist perspectives in the academy. They reveal sources of resistance, too, not only from colleagues and administrators but from family members and from within the self. In so doing they provide inspiring examples of sisterly support and lifelong friendship.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554580378
  • Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
  • Publication date: 5/30/2008
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Robbins, professor of English and women’s studies, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, is a widely published feminist literary critic and activist.

Meg Luxton is the director of the York University Graduate Programme in Women’s Studies.She writes about women’s paid and unpaid work, feminist theory, and the Canadian womens movement.

Margrit Eichler is a professor of sociology and equity studies in Education at OISE/UT. She has published widely on such issues as women’s studies in Canada, feminist methodology, family policy, reproductive technologies, and eco-sociology.

Francine Descarries is professor at the Department of Sociology and at l’Institut de recherches et d’études féministes (IREF) at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She is currently the scientific director of l’ARIR, a community-university research alliance between l’IREF and Relais-femmes.

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Table of Contents

Changing Times 1

Women's Organizations (before 1960) 2

Women's Changing Social Position 3

The Women's Movement of the 1960s and 1970s 12

Women in Post-Secondary Education 24

Feminist Scholarship and Women's Studies 27

Essays

Creating a Tradition of Canadian Women Writers and Feminist Literary Criticism Clara Thomas Thomas, Clara 43

Mother Was Not a Person, So I Became a Feminist Marguerite Andersen Andersen, Marguerite 51

Fanning Fires: Women's Studies in a School of Social Work Helen Levine Levine, Helen Faith Schneider Schneider, Faith 54

Feminism: A Critical Theory of Knowledge Marie-Andree Bertrand Bertrand, Marie-Andree 61

Women's Studies: A Personal Story Dorothy E. Smith Smith, Dorothy E. 68

Contributing to the Establishment of Women's Studies and Gender Relations Anita Caron Caron, Anita 74

Feminism and a Scholarly Friendship Jill Ker Conway Conway, Jill Ker Natalie Zemon Davis Davis, Natalie Zemon 78

Midwife to the Birth of Women's Studies at McGill Margaret Gillett Gillett, Margaret 89

How the Simone de Beauvoir Institute of Concordia University Grew from Unlikely Beginnings Mair Verthuy Verthuy, Mair 95

Moments in the Making of a Feminist Historian Alison Prentice Prentice, Alison 99

Doing Feminist Studies Without Knowing It Micheline Dumont Dumont, Micheline 106

A Matrix of Creativity Frieda Johles Forman Forman, Frieda Johles 114

Transforming the Academy and the World Deborah Gorham Gorham, Deborah 120

Reminiscences of a Male Supporter of the Movement Towards Women's Liberation and Social Equality Leslie Marshall Marshall, Leslie 126

You Just Had to Be There Greta Hofmann Nemiroff Nemiroff, Greta Hofmann 132

The SecondWave: A Personal Voyage Sandra Pyke Pyke, Sandra 142

A Lifetime of Struggles to Belong Vanaja Dhruvarajan Dhruvarajan, Vanaja 148

Once Upon a Time There Was the Feminist Movement ... and Then There Was Feminist Studies Nadia Fahmy-Eid Fahmy-Eid, Nadia 155

Women's Studies at the University of Alberta Rosalind Sydie Sydie, Rosalind Patricia Prestwich Prestwich, Patricia Dallas Cullen Cullen, Dallas 163

Women's Studies and the Trajectory of Women in Academe Annette Kolodny Kolodny, Annette 170

Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University, 1966-76: A Dialogue Andrea Lebowitz Lebowitz, Andrea Honoree Newcombe Newcombe, Honoree Meredith M. Kimball Kimball, Meredith M. 178

Nascent, Incipient, Embryonic, and Ceremonial Women's Studies Linda Christiansen-Ruffman Christiansen-Ruffman, Linda 188

To Challenge the World Margrit Eichler Eichler, Margrit 196

From Male and Female Roles to Sex and Gender Relations: A Scientific and Political Trajectory Danielle Juteau Juteau, Danielle 203

Second Wave Breaks on the Shore of U of T Lorna Marsden Marsden, Lorna 210

Surviving Political Science ... and Loving It Jill Vickers Vickers, Jill 217

Blood on the Chapel Floor: Adventures in Women's Studies Kay Armatage Armatage, Kay 226

Genesis of a Journal Donna E. Smyth Smyth, Donna E. 233

The Saga Marylee Stephenson Stephenson, Marylee 237

Coming of Age with Women's Studies Meredith M. Kimball Kimball, Meredith M. 243

Doing Women's Studies Pat Armstrong Armstrong, Pat 250

Pioneer in Feminist Political Economy: Overcoming the Disjuncture Joan McFarland McFarland, Joan 256

Women's Studies at Guelph Terry Crowley Crowley, Terry 261

Women's Studies: Oppression and Liberation in the University Meg Luxton Luxton, Meg 268

Reflections on Teaching and Writing Feminist Philosophy in the 1970s Susan Sherwin Sherwin, Susan 275

From Marginalized to "Establishment": Doing Feminist Sociology in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand Maureen Baker Baker, Maureen 282

"To Ring True and Stand for Something" Wendy Robbins Robbins, Wendy 289

Socialist Feminist and Activist Educator Linda Briskin Briskin, Linda 297

My Path to Feminist Philosophy, 1970-76 Christine Overall Overall, Christine 304

Women's Sight: Looking Backwards into Women's Studies in Toronto Ceta Ramkhalawansingh Ramkhalawansingh, Ceta 311

Personal and Intellectual Revolutions: Some Reflections 319

The Patriarchal Context 320

Countervailing Social Movements 326

Intersections of Gender, Racialization, Class, and Sexual Orientation 327

Inventing a New Scholarship and New Structures 330

Disciplinarity and/or Interdisciplinarity 333

Student-Teacher Relations 334

Personal Impacts 335

Interesting Times 335

App. A Alphabetical List of Authors 341

App. B List of Authors by Discipline 342

Notes on Contributors 345

Cumulative Bibliography 357

Index 389

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