Explores feminist activism in Canada and Quebec in the pivotal decade of 1966-76. This title documents the emergence of women's studies as a way of understanding women, men, and society, and challenges some preconceptions about 'second wave' feminist academics.
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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.
The collection of brief, largely autobiographical pieces offers a taster 'menu' of feminist scholarship and women's studies in Canada, and an invitation to read more deeply in the field. A more comprehensive tasting would take up several thousand pages--as do the collecive works of the editors and contributors. The array of scholars and perspectives demonstrates the nature and extent of feminist and women's studies at a pivotal point in Canadian academic history. The preface and opening chapter, 'Changing Times', provide an overview of women's organizations, projects, and actions, and highlight educational and scholarly landmarks.... There are numerous reminders of the particular struggles women academics have survived.... Minds of Our Own offers a multifaceted view of an important chapter in academic history and inspiration and affirmation for women and feminist scholars who still struggle for acceptance, recognition and legitimacy. It should be required reading for administrators, and for all who persist in creating and maintaining obstacles to equality and freedom of enquiry.''--Valerie Alia "British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 24, no. 1, 2011 "
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