Explore Our Collections

We have some fantastic resources in our collections. Below, you’ll find a curated listing some of the more important, interesting or illuminating pieces on particular topics. Enjoy exploring!

Women Unite

The Women Unite exhibit is a new history initiative creating a record of key “moments” of activism in the women’s movement in Toronto from the 1970s to the 1990s. With financial support from the Department of Heritage and Community Programs, we have conducted over 25 video interviews with activists, adding new depth to the publications, documents, posters, buttons, photos, films and songs already in the Rise Up archive. The videos add to our existing collection by giving users the opportunity to put faces to names, and to hear about key moments in feminist history from the activists who made it happen. 

Women & Labour

Our collection of items centred around women and their influence and action within the labour movement is one of our largest collections. We’ve got issues of union magazines, issues of working women’s groups magazines, posters and documents from the CAW, the CLC and others. Also included in the collection are documents and other material from specific strike actions like the Eaton’s Strike and the Fleck strike.


Our collection of materials on abortion covers the Canadian pro-choice movement throughout the 70s ,80s and 90s. Charting the successful decriminalization and subsequent battles for funding, access and constitutional rights.

Black women and the feminist movement

An exploration of organizations, events and actions involving black feminists, particularly looking the beginnings of several prominent organizations for black women. The materials in this collection also reflect earlier approaches to intersectionality.

Violence against woman

A selection of documents, films, posters and buttons regarding violence against women. This collection looks at a wide range of communities that struggle with violence against women and girls.