Women's History

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About Canada: Women's Rights
Mitchell, Penni
Book
2015
Introduces readers to some of the many women who changed Canada through their efforst to secure greater equality.
Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914 - 1991
Hobsbawm, Eric
Book
1994
A overview of the history of the years 1914 - 1991.
Anderson, Doris: Connexipedia: Article in the Canadian Encyclopedia
Article
Canadian author, journalist and women's rights activist. (1921-2007).
Anderson, Doris: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
Article
Canadian author, journalist and women's rights activist. (1921-2007).
The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman
Kollontai, Alexandra
Book
1926
This is the first time that the complete autobiography which Alexandra Kollontai has been published. Written in 1926 under the pressure of the gradually sharpening Stalinist control, readers must real...
Beauvoir, Simone de: Connexipedia Article
Article
French writer, philosopher, feminist, and social theorist. (1908-1986).
Becoming a Revolutionary: Against The Current vol. 133
Ortiz, Roxanne Dunbar
Article
2008
Against the Current: Which events of 1968 were you involved in? How did that event/those events affect you personally and politically at the time?
Black Women's Narratives of Slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction
Wilson, Carla
Article
2005
Anyone who has ever wondered how black people managed to struggle and survive the hideous tortures meted out during slavery and afterward would gain from reading these books. They offer inspiration to...
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Casgrain, Marie Thérèse (Forget): Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
Article
Feminist, reformer, politician and senator in Quebec, Canada. (1896-1981).
Confronting the -isms: Against The Current vol. 133
Allen, Chude Pam
Article
2008
I love the name Against the Current and would add that to be active in the Women’s Liberation Movement at the beginning of 1968 was to be “against the current.” And “the current” then was as much the ...
Connexions Library: Women's Issues Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on women.
Daughter of a Revolutionary
Herzen, Natalie; Bakunin-Nechayev Circle
Book
Edwards, Henrietta Muir: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
Article
Canadian women's rights activist and reformer. (1849-1931).
The Emperor's New Penis: The Same Sexual Threats, the Same Silence for Women
Keith, Lierre; Jensen, Derrick
Article
2013
Right now the gender fundamentalists are doing their best to shut down dialogue. They've damaged books — books that don’t even mention their concern — pressured bookstores, and silenced speakers sched...
Feminism in the Radical and Early Socialist Movement: Chapter 8 of Hidden from History. 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Against It
Rowbotham, Sheila
Article
1973
There existed a strong minority tradition in radicalism which questioned the whole social and sexual position of women.
Feminist Resistance in Serbia
Hughes, Donna M.; Mladjenovic, Lepa; Mrsevic, Zorica
Article
1995
Describes the conditions and factors influencing women’s lives in Serbia in 1995, and the ways women have organised to resist violence and assist one another.
The Fight for Freedom for Women
Tremain, Rose
Book
1973
The fight for women's rights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, primarily focusing on Britain and the USA.
Firing The Heather: The Life and Times of Nellie McClung
Hallet, Mary; Davis, Marilyn
Book
1993
This is the story of Nellie McClung, Canada's leading figure in the early women's rights movements. She fought for the right for women not just to be recognized as persons but as also to work outside ...
Flaunting It!
Jackson, Ed; Perksy, Stan (eds.)
Book
1982
An anthology of articles spanning the first decade of the Canadian gay liberation periodical, The Body Politic.
Force-Feeding a Suffragette
Pankhurst, Sylvia
Article
1915
A description of the brutal force-feeding of imprisoned suffragettes in England.
Foremothers and Fathers: Against The Current vol. 139
Holmstrom, Nancy
Article
2009
Socialist feminism is usually said to have begun in the 1960s and ‘70s, but in fact it was a significant radical current 100-150 years ago.
Herland
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins Stetson
Book
1935
The History of Costa Rica
Molina, Ivan; Palmer, Steven
Book
1998
An overview of Costa Rican history with an emphasis on how Costa Ricans have been able to make their own history, "though they do not make it just as they choose."
The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
The Iceland women's strike, 1975
Johns, Steven
Article
2016
A short history of the strike, or day off, by the of women in Iceland for equality with men on 24 October, 1975.
International Women's Day: Connexipedia Article
Article
Marked on March 8 every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Karl Marx and the Iroquois: An essay on Marx's Ethnological Notebooks
Rosemont, Franklin
Article
Franklin Rosemont delves into Marx's Ethnological Notebooks and examines their significance and relevance towards today's communist movement.
Klein, Bonnie Sherr: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
Article
Filmmaker, author, disability rights activist. (Born 1941).
Kollontai, Alexandra - Writings - Index
Kollontai, Alexandra
Article
Writings of Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952).
Latin America: Women in History - More than Just Heroines
Márquez, Humberto
Article
2009
Women in Latin American struggles.
Livingstone, Kay: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
Article
Social activist, radio host. (1918-1975).
McClung, Nellie Letitia (Mooney): Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
Article
Canadian feminist, politician, and social activist. (1873-1951).
McNaughton, Violet: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
Article
Feminist, journalist and activist. (1879-1968).
My 1968 in the Heartland: Against The Current vol. 133
Ezekiel, Judith
Article
2008
“Ezekiel's brother got arrested. He’s a Communist!”
My Year of Transition: Against The Current vol. 133
Martinez, Elizabeth "Betita"
Article
2008
The year 1968 was a crucial transition for me, from the Black struggle against White Supremacy to the Chicano struggle against White Supremacy. The first struggle began in 1959, when I became involved...
New Hogtown Press: Connexipedia Article
Article
2010
New Hogtown Press was a Canadian left-wing publisher active during the 1970s and 1980s.
Not Automatic: Women and the Left in the Forging of the Auto Workers' Union
Dollinger, Sol; Dollinger, Genora Johnson
Book
This story of the birth and infancy of the United Auto Workers, told by two participants, shows how the gains workers made were neither easy nor inevitable - not automatic - but required strategic and...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - March 5, 2016: International Women's Day
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
In this issue of Other Voices, we mark International Women's Day. An article written by Alexandra Kollontai in 1920 talks about the early history of this event, which grew out of a proposal put forwar...
Pankhurst, Emmeline: Connexipedia Article
Article
English women's suffrage movement leader. (1858-1928).
Parlby, Irene Marryat: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
Article
Politician, farm women's leader. (1868-1965).
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn, Howard
Book
1995
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Pioneers of Women's Liberation
Holmstrom, nancy
Article
2015
A review of Hal Draper's book "Women and Class: Toward a Socialist Feminism."
The Position of Working-Class Women in the Nineteenth Century: Chapter 11 of Hidden from History. 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Against It
Rowbotham, Sheila
Article
Capitalism broke down the old forms of social relations both at work and between men and women in the family. Middle-class women found themselves cut off from production and economically dependent on ...
A Price Below Rubies, Jewish Woman As Rebels and Radicals
Stepherd, Naomi
Book
1993
A tour of radical thought and movements in Europe from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, refracted though the lives of a series of remarkable, courageous women.
Recovering Nonviolent History: Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles
Bartkowski, Maciej (ed.)
Book
2013
Essays showing, in considerable detail, the varied roles played by civil resistance in fifteen liberation struggles in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Roback, Léa: Connexipedia: Article in Library and Archives Canada
Article
Union organizer, social activist. (1903-2000).
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1981
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
Sandino's Daughters: Testimonies of Nicaraguan Women in Struggle
Randall, Margaret; Yanz, Lynda (ed.)
Book
1981
Interviews with women who fought in the Nicaraguan revolution.
Seeds of Fire: A People's Chronology
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Recalling events that happened on this day in history. Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.
Seven News
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1970
Seven News (7 News) was a community newspaper published in the area of Toronto east of downtown which at the time was known as Ward 7. Seven News was published from 1970 to 1985. Seven News is no long...
Sex and Marriage in Utopian Communities in Nineteenth Century America: Nineteenth-Century America
Muncy, Raymond Lee
Book
1973
A look at original approaches to sex and marraige in the utopian communities of nineteenth-century America. Many of these communities abolished monogamy and individualism and sought ways of dealing wi...
Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild
Siegel, Deborah
Book
2007
A study of controversies in the feminist movement from the 1960s to the 2000s. Siegel wants readers to know about the multifaceted and contentious history of what is called feminism's "second wave" so...
Steady Hands for Freedom: Book Review
Brewer, Rose M.
Article
2014
Book Review of "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC" by Faith S. Holsaert, et. al
Strange Cults and Utopias of 19th Century America: Original title: History of American Socialisms
Noyes, John Humphrey
Book
1870
Histories of communal experiments and communities in the United States.
The Suffragettes, Black Friday and two types of window smashing
Connelly, Katherine
Article
2010
Article on 'Black Friday' with refections on why the Suffragettes attacked property back in 1910 and whether the tactic helped the movement.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects
Wollstonecraft, Mary
Book
1792
Published in 1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was the first great feminist treatise. Wollstonecraft preached that intellect will always govern and sought to persuade women to endeavour to ac...
A Woman in Berlin
Anonymous
Book
1954
The anonymous author describes the degradation of Berlin women at the hands of Russian troops at the end of the Second World War.
Women and Marxism
Website
Documents on Marxism and women.
Women Rising, Then and Now
Article
1999
"In the black of the winter of nineteen-nine, When we froze and bled on the picket line, We showed the world that women could fight, And we rose and won with women's might."
Women's Freedom League: Connexipedia Article
Article
An organisation in the United Kingdom which campaigned for women's suffrage and sexual equality.
Women's suffrage: Timeline of women's suffrage - Wikipedia: Connexipedia Article
Article
Timeline of women's suffrage activities around the world from the 18th to 21st century.
Women's Trade Union League: Connexipedia Article
Article
A U.S. organization of both working class and more well-off women formed in 1903 to support the efforts of women to organize labour unions and eliminate sweatshop conditions.
The Year of Awakening: Against The Current vol. 133
Winslow, Barbara
Article
2008
Against the Current: Which events of 1968 were you involved in? How did that event/those events affect you personally and politically at the time?

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Connexions Archive & Library
The Connexions Archive & Library is Toronto-based project dedicated to keeping alive the rich history of grassroots movements for social justice. Connexions preserves 'alternative' histories that r...
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...

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Canadian Encyclopedia
The full text of The Canadian Encyclopedia and its related resources has been made available online by the Historica Foundation as a public service since 1999. Since its publication in book form in 1985, The Canadian Encyclopedia ...

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Aletta Institute for Women's History
The Aletta Institute holds books, magazines, archives, works of music, photographs, posters, diaries, letters, all sorts of household and personal objects relevant to women and women’s lives. Home of ...
Sex in History
Tannahill, Reay
1980
Tannahill draws on the findings of anthropology, archaeology, bio-chemistry, genetics, physiology, and psychoanalysis, as well as art, architecture, literature, and theology, in order to place the hum...
The Woman Reader
Jack, Belinda
2012
Belinda Jack's history of women's reading and the ceaseless controversies it has inspired, explores what and how women of widely differing cultures have read through the ages.

From the Connexions Archives

Canadian Women's Movement Archives
Organization profile published 1986
Organization
1986
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.