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This book of personal essays by over forty women and men who founded women's studies in Canada and QuA(c)bec 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.
Wendy Robbins , professor of English and womenas 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 Womenas Studies.She writes about womenas 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 womenas studies in Canada, feminist methodology, family policy, reproductive technologies, and eco-sociology. Francine Descarries is professor at the Department of Sociology and at laInstitut de recherches et daA(c)tudes fA(c)ministes (IREF) at laUniversitA(c) du QuA(c)bec A MontrA(c)al (UQAM). She is currently the scientific director of laARIR, a community-university research alliance between laIREF and Relais-femmes.
Release date NZ
May 1st, 2008
Edited by Francine Descarries
Edited by Margrit Eichler
Edited by Meg Luxton
Edited by Wendy Robbins
Country of Publication
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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