Today marks 20 years since the closure of the Prison for Women in Kingston, ON
Before same-sex marriage, before gay and lesbian couples could adopt children,
Rage and grief. Agony and anger.
To all those who mother (or want to mother, or have mothered), we hope you had a great day!
Over the last few weeks, there have been virtual events for the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Caravan, including celebrations of the publication of Karin Well’s extraordinary new book that details its history.
In writing this update, there is a compulsion to write about the times we’re living through together. This would not be unusual for us, this newsletter often works to connect present moments to the past through materials posted in the Rise Up Archive. At the same time, there is something that feels too strange, too […]
We’ve just posted a new article on the website that addresses the critical history of Studio D, Canada’s groundbreaking feminist film-production unit. Read: “The Impact of Studio D – how it changed the place of women in film in Canada.” In addition to the new feature article, we have added a number of new films to the website […]
The creation of Studio D has been attributed to ongoing lobbying for a women’s studio at the National Film Board (NFB),
With the advent of CRISPR—a new, relatively simple-to-use gene-editing technology—it seemed like only a matter of time before the births of the first genetically edited children.
“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution” – Emma Goldman
International Women’s Day is almost here and we need your help!
As blockades and other actions continue in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s opposition of the Costal Gaslink Pipeline, we are reminded of the long history of pipeline politics in Canada, and ongoing failures to address the opposition of Indigenous leaders to pipelines being built on their ancestral territory.
“Black History is not just for Black people – Black History is Canadian History”
We’ve uploaded a wide range of new buttons and posters that chronicle events and campaigns from the women’s movement. They include (among many others): A button reading “Justice for Albert Johnson” from protests following Johnson’s murder by police (1979) A button promoting the Company of Sirens, a social action, feminist theatre company in Toronto (1986) A […]
Feminists have been fighting for 50 years for the creation of a national universal child care program. Some version of a national program has been proposed by different federal governments over the years, but these proposals have never been realized.
“Teachers should be able to teach with dignity….” (Lois Bedard, 1979 in Union Woman).
As rotating strikes continue, a reminder from the archive on the history and importance of teachers’ unions in Ontario.
The passage of Bill 21 in the Assemblée nationale du Québec in June 2019 has meant a range of provisions that, in name, are aimed at making Quebec a more secular province, although in reality the new law targets religious minorities.
“The reason Marc Lepine walked into that classroom in Quebec and separated the men from the women, proceeding to call them “a bunch of feminists” and systematically slaughter the women can be found not in his individual “psychological state” but in our gender divided society that legitmates violence against women. The reasons are also found […]