Through Feminist Eyes: Essays on Canadian Women's History

By Joan Sangster

In Through Feminist Eyes, historian Joan Sangster makes use of a range of her writings, released over a interval of 3 many years, as a gateway into reflections at the topics and theoretical matters that experience formed either the writing of women’s background in Canada and her personal evolution as a feminist historian. As within the unique essays themselves, she brings to those reflections her unique mix of perception, honesty, and impeccable scholarship.

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Toronto: Oxford college Press, 2008. Articles and Chapters “The 1907 Bell cellphone Strike: Organizing ladies Workers,” Labour/Le Travailleur three (1978): 109–30. “Women and Unions in Canada: A evaluate of ancient Research,” assets for Feminist learn 10, no. 2 (July 1981): 2–6. “Finnish girls in Ontario, 1890–1930,” Polyphony: The Bulletin of the Multicultural background Society of Ontario three, no. 2 (Fall 1981): 46–54. “‘A hyperlink among Labour and Learning’: the employees academic organization in Ontario, 1917–1951” (co-authored with Ian Radforth), Labour/Le Travailleur eight (1982): 41–78.

There's a social and old measurement to emotion and impact; they aren't innate, common, or unchanging phenomena. Nor are readers’ responses completely predictable. My feminist perspective, to be certain, performs a job in how I adventure and interpret the letters—and show them to you. Feminist and Marxist writing, although, has no longer been unreflective concerning the political expenditure we put money into our efforts to retrieve women’s and staff’ adventure and attention, or the best way the previous merely solutions the questions we pose to it.

Seventy two document, ninety eight. seventy three Canada, division of Labour, Annual file, 1908, 60. seventy four King Papers, Lemieux to King, 15 February 1907. seventy five Canada, condo of Commons, Debates, 14 February 1907, 3009. seventy six King papers, Memo re invoice 36, undated and MP unnamed. seventy seven King diary, eleven September 1907. seventy eight file, ninety six. seventy nine Curry to King, three April 1907, moves and Lockouts dossier, division of Labour documents. eighty King to Curry, four April 1907, moves and Lockouts dossier, division of Labour files. Allan Studholme, Labour MLA for Hamilton East, had advised invoice proscribing the phone operators to a five-hour day be brought into the provincial legislature.

For a modern dialogue of resistance, see Marge Reitsma-Street, “Girls learn how to Care; ladies Policed to Care,” in ladies worrying: Feminist views on Social Welfare, ed. Carol Baines (Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, 1991), 106. For a ancient view, Tamara Myers and Joan Sangster, “Retorts, Runaways and Riots: Resistance in ladies’ Reform faculties, 1930–60,” paper provided on the Social technology historical past organization convention, Chicago, November 1998. 109 Foucault’s research is principally apt for antisocial women who have been accused of immorality, yet fiscal and estate offences—the extra universal offences for all people—fit the research much less aptly.

Even supposing the Justice of the Peace was once prone to acquit or supply suspended sentences to girls via the postwar years (perhaps reflecting their use of lawyers) nearly one-third nonetheless frolicked within the county reformatory, and provincial prison phrases will be one or years. only a few ladies who got here prior to the courtroom wanted a moment lesson. the bulk (60 percentage) of ladies arrested have been first-, and one-time offenders, probably suggested or occasionally taken care of to a nasty stint within the county penitentiary. Offenders with 3 or extra offences have been a small minority, recidivists with 5 offences a trifling 9 over 4 a long time.

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