March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women and their accomplishments, and a day to highlight the struggles that still exist for women around the world. Some, like Margaret Wente of The Globe and Mail would say this day is unnecessary, that the the “war for women’s rights is over. And we won.” Others, like Emma Woolley at Shameless Magazine, refute that statement with statistics that show that gross inequalities and injustices remain in women’s lives both at home in North America and abroad, especially in the developing world.
There is no doubt that there is much work to be done, both internationally, as contributors to The Global Food Crisis (Clapp/Cohen) attest, and nationally, as shown in our social work texts, like Cruel But Not Unusual: Violence in Canadian Families (Alaggia/Vine) and Moving Toward Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare (Cameron et al.). Also troubling are persistent cultural biases in media, as Cheryl Krasnick Warsh explores in her forthcoming collection Gender, Health, and Popular Culture.
But our books also explore the roles and celebrate the accomplishments of women in literature, the arts, politics, and other areas. On this day we celebrate the women who are the authors of these books and the women about whom they are written. Here is just a selection of our women’s studies titles:
The Gendered Screen: Canadian Women Filmmakers (Brenda Austin-Smith and George Melnyk, editors)
Wider Boundaries of Daring: The Modernist Impulse in Canadian Women’s Poetry (Di Brandt and Barbara Godard, editors)
Textual Mothers/Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary Women’s Literatures (Elizabeth Podnieks and Andrea O’Reilly, editors)
Minds of Our Own: Inventing Feminist Scholarship and Women’s Studies in Canada and Quebec (Wendy Robbins, Meg Luxton, Margrit Eichler, and Francine Descarries, editors)
Florence Nightingale on Women, Medicine, Midwifery, and Prostitution, CWFN Vol. 8 (Lynn McDonald, editor)
Canadian Women in Print, 1750–1918 (Carole Gerson)
Beyond Bylines: Media Workers and Women’s Rights in Canada (Barbara M. Freeman)