Minds of Our Own

Minds of Our Own

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This book of personal essays by over forty women and men who founded womena€™s studies in Canada and QuAcbec explores feminist activism on campus in the pivotal decade of 1966-76. The essays document the emergence of womena€™s studies as a new way of understanding women, men, and society, and they challenge some current preconceptions about a€œsecond wavea€ feminist academics. The contributors explain how the intellectual and political revolution begun by small groups of academicsa€”often young, untenured womena€”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 essaysa€™ 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.from http://www.fedcan.ca/english/pdf/issues/indicators2005eng.pdf. ... Ivory towers:Feminist audits. PARL, CFHSS ... 3rd ed.London: Pluto Press. a€”a€”a€”. 1992.Women in movement:Feminism andsocial action. NewYork: Routledge a€”a€” a€”. ... The feminine poetic consciousness: Ananthology of modernAmerican womenpoets.

Title:Minds of Our Own
Author: Wendy Robbins, Meg Luxton, Margrit Eichler, Francine Descarries
Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press - 2009-08-02

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