Biography

Dr. Veronica (Nikki) Strong-Boag is a feminist historian focusing on women, children, and social justice in Canada. Professor Emerita with UBC’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and the Department of Educational Studies, she is a former president of the Canadian Historical Association and a Member of the Royal Society of Canada. Her many publications and contributions to scholarly and community life in Canada have been recognized by the John A. Macdonald Prize, the Raymond Klibansky Prize, the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences, the Senior Killam and Leger Research Fellowships, both the Queen Elizabeth Golden and Silver Jubilee Medals, and the Trent University’s Ashley Fellowship. In 2012, the Royal Society of Canada awarded her the Tyrrell Medal for outstanding contributions to Canadian history. She is also the director of the pro-democracy website, womensuffrage.org, a member of the Editorial Board of Voices-Voix: Defending Advocacy and Dissent in Canada (http://voices-voix.ca) and the General Editor of the seven-volume series, Canadian Women, Suffrage and Human Rights, forthcoming with UBC Press.

Selected Publications

BOOKS

Authored

Liberal Hearts and Coronets: the Lives and Times of Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon and John Campbell Gordon, the Aberdeens (Toronto: UTP, forthcoming 2015)

Fostering Nation? Canada Confronts the History of Childhood Disadvantage (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2011), 302 pg.

Finding Families, Finding Ourselves: English Canada Confronts Adoption from the 19th Century to the 1990s (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006), 318 pg.

VSB and Carole Gerson, Paddling Her Own Canoe: The Times and Texts of E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake) (Toronto: UTP, 2000), 331 pp.

“Janey Canuck”: Women in Canada Between Two World Wars, 1919-1939 (CHA Historical Booklet, 1994). Also in French; rev. 1999. 42 pp.

M. Conrad, A. Finkel, with VSB, A History of the Canadian Peoples, v. 2: 1867 to the Present (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1993)

The New Day Recalled: Lives of Girls and Women in English Canada 1919-1939 (Toronto: Copp, Clark, Pitman and Penguin Books, 1988). Chapter 1 repr. in Readings in Canadian History: Post-Confederation, eds., R.D. Francis and J.D.B. Smith (HRW 1990), 233 pp.

The Parliament of Women: The National Council of Women of Canada, 1893-1929 (Ottawa: National Museum, 1976), 487 pp.

Edited

M. Gleason, T. Myers, L. Paris, and V. Strong-Boag, eds., Lost Kids: Disadvantaged Children and Youth in Canada and the U.S (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009). 272 pg

C. Warsh and VSB, eds. Children”s Health: International Historical Perspectives (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006).

VSB and Michelle Lynn Rosa. Nellie L. McClung. Clearing in the West and The Stream Runs Fast, ed., annotated and introduced (Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press, 2003), 540 pp.

C. Gerson and VSB, E. Pauline Johnson. Tekahionwake. Collected Poems and Selected Prose (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2002), 343 pp.

Cheryl K. Warsh and VSB, Special Issue on Children’s Health, The Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (v. 19: 2002) published w/ significant additions as book above 2006.

VSB, M. Gleason and A. Perry, eds. Rethinking Canada. The Promise of Women”s History, ed. and introd., revis. and enlarged, 4th edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2002), 419 pp.

VSB, S. Grace, A. Eisenberg and J. Anderson, eds., Painting the Maple: Essays on Race, Gender and the Construction of Canada, edited and introduced (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1998), 290 pp

VSB and A. C. Fellman, eds., Rethinking Canada, ed. and introd., revis, including introductions to each article, 3rd ed. (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997), 498 pp.

VSB and Gillian Creese, British Columbia Reconsidered ed. and introd. (Vancouver, Press Gang, 1992), 451 pp.

A.C. Fellman and VSB, eds. Rethinking Canada, ed. and introd., revis. 2nd ed. (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman, 1991), 455 pp.

A.C. Fellman and VSB, eds., Rethinking Canada, ed. and introd. (Toronto: Copp Clark, Pitman, 1986), 282 pp.

Beth Light and VSB, “True Daughters of the North”: Research and Reference Bibliography of Canadian Women”s History, ed. and introd. (To.: OISE, 1980), 210 pp.

A Woman with a Purpose: The Diaries of Elizabeth Shortt, selected, edited and introduced (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1980), 298 pp.

Journals

“From There to Here: the Making of a Feminist Historian,” Canadian Historical Review 95:2 (June 2014): 243-66.

“Limiting Identities: The Conservative Attack on History and Feminist Claims for Equality,” Labour/Le Travail forthing 2014.

“Taking Stock of Suffragists: Personal Reflections on Feminist Appraisals,” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association NS, 21:2 (2011): 76-89.

“Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves, or Not: Aunts and Caregiving in Canada,” Journal of Comparative Family History, v. 40, no. 5 (Autumn 2009). 791-807.

VSB and Rupa Bagga, “Saving, Kidnapping, or Something of Both? Canada and the Vietnam/ Cambodia Babylift, Spring 1975, ” American Review of Canadian Studies 39:3 (Sept. 2009), pp. 271-89.

“Experts on Our Own Lives: Commemorating Canada at the Beginning of the 21st Century, The Public Historian. v. 31, no. 1 (Feb. 2009): 46-68.

Sally Mennill and VSB, “Identifying Victims: Child Abuse and Death in Canadian Families,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/BCHM 25:2 (2008), pp. 11-33/

“Judging Men: Assessments of Fathers in Canadian AdoptionCircles” in Emily Hipchen, ed. Adoption and Culture, v. 1, no. 1 (2007): 69-100.

“Children of Adversity”: Disabilities and Child Welfare in Canada from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first,” Journal of Family History v. 32, no. 4, (2007) 413-32.

“Today”s Child: Preparing for the “Just Society” One Family at a Time, Canadian Historical Review 86,4 (December 2005): 673-99.

“Interrupted Relations: The Adoption of Children in Twentieth Century British Columiba, ” BC Studies 144 (Winter 2004-5): 3 – 28. Repr. in Diane Purvey and Christopher Walmsley, ed., Child and Family Welfare in British Columbia: A History (Calgary: Detselig, 2005).

“Experts on their Own Lives: E. Pauline Johnson and Native Women Writers, ” in D. Hoerder and K. Gross, eds. Twenty-Five years: Gesellschaft fur Kanada-Studien/Achievements and Perspectives, Band 12 (2004)

“Guest Introduction: The Spotlight on Children”. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/BCHM. v. 19: 2002 (2002): 5-16

“”A People Akin to Mine”: Indians and Highlanders within the British Empire, ” Native Studies Review v. 14: 1 (2001): 27-53.

“Long Time Coming: The Century of the Canadian Child? ” Journal of Canadian Studies 35:1(Spring 2000): 124-37.

“We Know Many Histories, ” Policy Options, McGill University, 20:2 (March 1999): 45-6.

“No Longer Dull: Women, Gender and the Renewal of Canadian History,” Canadian Social Studies 32:2 (Winter 1998): 55-7.

“Claiming a Place in the Nation: Citizenship Education and the Challenge of Feminists, Natives, and Workers in Post-Confederation Canada, ” Canadian and International Education 25:2 (December 1996) Special Issue, ed. Alan Sears (1997): 128-45.

“Independent Women, Problematic Men: First and Second Wave Anti-Feminism in Canada from Goldwin Smith to Betty Steele, ” Histoire sociale/Social History 57 (May 1996):1-22.

“Canada”s Wage-Earning Wives and the Construction of the Middle Class, 1945-60, ” Journal of Canadian Studies 29:3 (Fall 1994): 5-25.

“Educating Medicine, Educating Women Doctors: The Canadian Experience,” Annals of the Royal Society of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 27:6 (September 1994): 336-9.

And Gillian Creese, “Taking Gender into Account in British Columbia: More than Just Women”s Studies,” BC Studies 105/6 (Spring/Summer 1995): 9-26.

“Home Dreams: Canadian Women and the Suburban Experience, 1945-60”,” Canadian Historical Review 72:4 (December 1991): 24-34. Repr. in Constructing Modern Canada: Readings in Post-Confederation History, ed. C. Gaffield (Toronto: Copp Clark Pitman 1994), in Rethinking Canada (1997) and in Reappraisals in Canadian History, eds. C.M. Wallace & R.M. Bray (Scarborough: 1999).

“Pulling in Double Harness of Hauling a Double Load: Women, Work and Feminism on the Canadian Prairie, ” Journal of Canadian Studies 21:3 (Fall 1986): 32-52. Repr. in The Prairie West: Historical Readings (University of Alberta Press, 1991).

And K. McPherson, ““The Confinement of Women, Childbirth and Hospitalization in Vancouver 1919-1939, ” BC Studies 69/70 (Spring/Summer1986):142-74. Repr. in Delivering Motherhood: Maternal Ideologies and Practices in the 19th and 20th Cenuries, eds. K. Arnup, A. Levesque and R. R. Pierson (1990) and in British Columbia Reconsidered. eds. G. Creese and VSB (1992).

“Wages for Housework: Mothers” Allowances and the Beginnings of Social Security in Canada,” Journal of Canadian Studies 14 (1979): 24-34. Repr. in The Social Basis of Law, ed., Stephen Brickey and Elizabeth Comach (Toronto: Garamond Press, 1986).

“Mapping Women”s Studies in Canada: Some Signposts,” Journal of Educational Thought 17:2 (August 1983).

“Working Women and the State: The Case of Canada, 1889-1945,” Atlantis 6:2 (Spring 1981): 1-9. Repr. in D. Smith, Women and the Canadian Labour Force (Ottawa: SSHRCC, 1982).

“You be sure to tell it like it is”: The Recovery of Canada”s Past, ” Journal of Canadian Studies, 16P: 3 & 4 (Fall-Winter 1981): 217-21.

“”Wages for Housework”: Mothers” Allowances and the Beginnings of Social Security in Canada,” Journal of Canadian Studies 14:1 (Spring 1979): 24-34. Repr. in i eds. R.B. Blake and J. Keshen (Toronto: Copp Clark, 1995).

“The Girl of the New Day: Canadian Working Women in the 1920s” Labour/Le Travailleur, 4 (1979):131-64. Repr. in M.C. Cross & G.S. Kealey, eds., The Consolidation of Capitalism, 1986-1929: Readings in Canadian Social History, v. 4 (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1983).

““Canada”s Early Experience with Income Supplements: The Introduction of Mother”s Allowances, ” Atlantis 4:2 (Fall 1979): 35-43.

“Raising Clio”s Consciousness in Canada: Archives and Women”s History, ” Archivaria 6 (Summer 1978): 70-82.

“Canadian Feminism in the 1920s: The Case of Nellie L. McClung,” Journal of Canadian Studies, 12:4 (Summer1977): 58-68. Repr. in The Prairie West Historical Readings, eds. R.D. Francis and Howard Palmer (Edmonton: Pica Press, 1985).

VSB and Jean Dryden, “Archival Holdings on Canadian Women”s History: Ontario,” Canadian Newsletter of Research on Women 5:1 (February 1976): 40-7.

J. Stoddart and VSB, “…And Things Were Going Wrong at Home,” Atlantis 1:1 (Fall 1975): 38-44.

Chapters

M. Gleason, T. Myers, L. Paris, and VSB, eds., “Introduction,” Lost Children: Disadvantaged Children and Youth in Canada and the U.S (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009).

“”Forgotten people of all the forgotten”: Children with Disabilities Encounter Child Welfare in English Canada from the 19th Century to the New Millennium.” In Gleason, Myers, eds. Paris, and VSB, Lost Children (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009).

M. Gleason and VSB, Chapter 2: Community in A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Modern Age (1900-2000) Ed. N. Ray Hiner and Joseph M. Hawes (NY: Berg, 2010)

“The Citizenship Debates: Race and Gender in the 1885 Franchise Act,” repr. from Constructing Canadian Citizenship, ed. R. Adamoski, D. Chunn, and R. Menzies (Toronto: Broadview Press, 2002) in M. Conrad and A. Finkel (eds.), Nation and Society: Readings in Post-Confederation Canadian History, v. 2, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Pearson, Longman, 2008 )..

“Casual Fornicators, Young Lovers, Deadbeat Dads, and Family Champions: Men in Canadian Adoption Circles in the 20th Century,” Science, Polity, and Society in Canada: Essays in Honour of Michael Bliss ed. E. Heaman and A. Li (Toronto: UTP, 2008) : 211-37.

C.K. Warsh, and VSB., “Introduction” to Children’s Health Issues in Historical Perspective (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006).

C. Gerson and VSB. “Championing the Native: E. Pauline Johnson Rejects the Squaw,” in K. Pickles and M. Rutherdale, eds. Contact Zones: Aboriginal and Settler Women (Van.: UBC Press, 2005): 47-66.

“Women Suffrage and Print,” ch. 5, History of the Book in Canada/l”Histoire du Livre et de l”imprimé au Canada v. 2, eds. Y. Lamonde, P. Fleming, and F. Black, (Toronto: UTP, 2005).

M. Swann and VSB, “McClung, Helen (Nellie) L.”, Dictionary of Canadian Biography (Toronto: UTP, 2005).

McClung, Nellie L.,” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography v.35, 2004, 130-1

VSB and G. Creese, “Canada” in Women”s Issues in North America and the Caribbean, C. Kalny, ed. In Women”s Issues Worldwide Seriess (N.Y.: Greenwood Publishing, 2003), 49-77.

“Women”s Studies,” Encylopedia of Literature in Canada ed, W.H. New (UTP, 2002).

“Who Counts? Late 19th and Early 20th Century Struggles about Gender, Race, and Class in Canada” in Citizenship in Transformation ed. Y. Hebert (Toronto: UTP, 2002), 37-56

“Getting to Now: Children in Distress in Canada”s Past,” in B. Wharf, ed. Community Work in Child Welfare (Toronto: Broadview Press, 2002): 29-46

“The Citizenship Debates: Race and Gender in the 1885 Franchise Act,” in Constructing Canadian Citizenship: Historical Readings, ed. R. Adamoski, D. Chunn, and R. Menzies (Toronto: Broadview Press, 2002), 69-94.

“Living Women”s Lives” and “E. Pauline Johnson: Mohawk-English Writer and Performer” in A Century Stronger: Canadian Women in the Twentieth Century eds. S.A.Cook, L. McLean & K. O”Rourke (Kingston & Montreal: McGill-Queen”s University Press, 2001), pp. 1-6 and 35-8.

VSB, I. Dyck, K. England and L. Johnson, “What Women’s Space?” Changing Suburbs: Foundation, Form and Function eds. R. Harris and P.J. Larkham (London: E & FN SPON, 1999): 168-186.

“A Red Girl”s Reasoning: E. Pauline Johnson Constructs the New Nation,” in Painting the Maple, eds. VSB, S. Grace, A. Eisenberg, J. Anderson (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1998): 130-54. Repr. in in M.E. Kelm and L. Townsend, eds., In the Days of Our Grandmothers: A Reader in Aboriginal Women”s History in Canada (Toronto: UTP, 2006): 367-96.

S. Grace, J. Anderson, A. Eisenberg and VSB, “Constructing Canada: An Introduction” in Painting the Maple: Essays on Race, Gender and the Construction of Canada, eds. VSB, S. Grace, A. Eisenberg, and J. Anderson (Vancouver: UBC Press, 1998): 3-15.

Chapter 11 “B.C. Society in the 20th Century”, The Pacific Province, ed. Hugh Johnston (Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1996): 273-312.

“Too Much and Not Enough–The Paradox of Power for Feminist Academics Working with Community Feminists on Issues Related to Violence”, Violence: A Collective Responsibility ed. Cannie Stark (Adamec) (Ottawa: Social Science Federation of Canada, 1995): 105-15.

“Their Side of the Story”: Women”s Voices from Ontario Suburbs, 1945-60,” A Diversity of Women, ed. Joy Parr (Toronto: UTP, 1995): 46-74.

Gillian Creese and VSB, “Introduction: Taking Gender into Account in British Columbia: More than Just Women”s Studies” in British Columbia Reconsidered eds. G. Creese and VSB (Vancouver: Press Gang, 1992): 1-17.

“Writing About Women”, Writing About Canada, ed. J. Schultz (Scarborough: Prentice-Hall, 1990): 175-200.

“Peace-Making Women: Canada 1919-1939,” Women and Education for Peace, ed. R. R. Pierson (London: Croom-Helm, 1987):170-91.

“Ever a Crusader: Nellie McClung 1st Wave Feminist,” Rethinking Canada, eds. VSB and A. Fellman (Toronto: Copp, Clark, Pitman, 1986): 78-90; revis 1991 edition, repr. 1998 Oxford UP edition.

“Keeping House in God”s country: Canadian Women at Work in the Home” , On the Job, eds. C. Heron and R. Story (Toronto: McGill-Queens, 1986): 124-51.

“Living,” Chapter 3 in Working Lives, Vancouver 1886-1986 (Van.: New Star Books, 1985): 89-97.

“Greek Days” in Working Lives, Vancouver 1886-1986 (Vancouver: New Star Books, 1985): 112.

“Neighbour Helping Neighbour” in Working Lives, Vancouver 1886-1986, (Vancouver: New Star Books, 1985): 145.

“Discovering the Home: The Last 150 Years of Domestic Work in Canada,” in Women”s Paid and Unpaid Work: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, ed. P. Bourne (Toronto: New Hogtown Press, 1985): 35-60.

“Intruders in the Nursery: Childcare Professionals Reshape the Years for One to Five, 1920-1939” in J. Parr, ed., Childhood and Family in Canadian History (Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1982): 160-78.

“Canada”s Women Doctors: Feminism Constrained” in A Not Unreasonable Claim: Women and Reform in Canada, ed. L. Kealey (Toronto: Women”s Press, 1979): 109-29, 219-22. Repr. S.E.D. Shortt, ed., Medicine in Canadian Society (Toronto: McGill Queen”s 1981).

“Setting the Stage: National Organization and the Women”s Movement in Late Nineteenth Century Canada” in The Neglected Majority: Essays in Canadian Women”s History, ed. S.M. Trofimenkoff and Alison Prentice (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1977): 87-103. Repr. Childhood and Family in Canadian Society (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1982).

“Nellie L. McClung” in B. Semotok, The Historical Dictionary of Education in Manitoba (1975).

“Cousin Cinderella: A Guide to Historical Literature Pertaining to Canadian Women” in Women in Canada, ed. M. Stephenson (Toronto: New Press, 1973: General Publishing 1975): 245-74.

“Introduction” to Nellie McClung, In Times Like These (1915; Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1971): vii-xxii.


OTHER

Director and contributor, womensuffrage.org 2012-ongoing, over 50 individual contributions plus overall editorial responsibility.

Member, Panel of Experts, Strengthening Canada’s Research Capacity: The Gender Dimension.Council of Canadian Academies, Research Report, November 23, 2012.

The Campaign for the Vote, Visual History Series, National Museum, Ottawa, 1978. Slides and text. Revised for CD 1993.


NON-REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Journals

“International Women’s Day (IWD) and Human Rights,” ActiveHistory.ca (7 March 2014), http://activehistory.ca/2014/03/international-womens-day-iwd-and-human-rights-2014/

“Not Alone: Writing Canadian History as If the World Mattered,” Canadian Issues (Fall 2008), 40-43.

“Moving Beyond Tired “Truths” or Let”s Not Fight the Old Battles,” BC Studies, No. 111 (Autumn 1996): 84-7.

“Contested Space: The Politics of Canadian Memory, ” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association NS 5 (1994): 3-17. (Presidential address)

L. Kealey, R. Pierson, J. Sangster, VSB, “”Point-Counterpoint”: Teaching Canadian History in the 1990s: Whose “National History” Are We Lamenting,” Journal of Canadian Studies 27: 2 (Summer1992): 129-31.

“Female Mind, Feminine Experience: The Emerging Definition of Female Intellect in America History,” Canadian Review of American Studies 13:1 (Spring 1982): 97-107.

“The Fugitive Female: An Introduction to the Bibliography of Canadian Women”s Studies,” Canadian Issues IV (1982): 48-57.

Conference Proceedings

“Reflejando a Canadá: Observaciones en Estudios de la Mujer y Estudios de Género al Final del siglo XX.” Documento de Trabajo de Sociales Núm. DTS 3/1997. Julio de 1998.

“Making a Difference: The History of Canadian Nurses, ” Proceedings of the Canadian Association for the History of Nursing, Calgary, June 1990. Revis. in Canadian Bulletin of the History of Medicine 8:2 (1991): 231-48 and Past is Present, The CAHN/ACHN Keynote Presentations 1988-1996, ed. S.J. Rankin Zerr, E.A. Fitzpatrick and G. Zilm (Vancouver: CAHN/ACHN, June 1997).

Other

On-going posts on the pro-democracy website, womensuffrage.org (as of 7 Sept. 2013, 55 entries)

With Tiffany Johnstone, “Taking History to the People: Women Suffrage and Beyond, ” ActiveHistory.ca (30 May 2013), http://activehistory.ca/2013/05/new-paper-veronica-strong-boag-and-tiffany-johnstone-taking-history-to-the-people-women-suffrage-and-beyond/

Entries on “Margaret Ormsby”, “Dorothy Smith”, “Mary Bollert”, “Centre for Research in Women”s Studies and Gender Relations”, in Eric Damer and Herbert Rosengarten, UBC—The First 100 Years (Tribute Books, 2009)

VSB and Gillian Creese, Still Waiting for Justice: Update 2009 – Provincial Politics and Gender Inequality in BC, Commissioned Report, BC Federation of Labour, 8 March 2009, 45 pages.

VSB and Gillian Creese, “Still Waiting for Justice: Provincial Politics and Gender Inequality in BC 2001-2008,” Commissioned Report, BC Federation of Labour, 8 March 2008, c36 pages.

G. Creese and VSB, “Canada” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History, Ed. Bonnie Smith (N.Y.: Oxford University Press 2008) and http://www.oxford-womenworldhistory.com/entry?engry=t248.e143.

G. Creese and VSB, Losing Ground: The Effects of Government Cut-backs on Women in B.C. 2000-2005, Report for BC Federation of Labour, c 30 pages, 8 March 2005.

“Mothers Allowances”, “Adoption”, Anti-feminism”, “Courtship & Marriage”, “Dionne Quints”, “First Wave Feminism”, “Pauline Johnson”,”Dorothy Livesay”, “Nellie McClung”, “National Council of Women of Canada”, “Women Suffrage”, Oxford Companion to Canadian History, ed. G. Hallowell (To.: Oxford UP, 2005)

“Round Two on Gender Politics,” Vancouver Sun, September 11, 1999

“Round 3 in the historic pursuit of academic freedom,” Vancouver Sun, January 20, 1996

Work to Be Done: The Canadian Committee on Women”s History/Comité Canadien de l’histoire des femmes, booklet for the 20th anniversary of he CCWH/CCHF (Montreal: CCWH/CCHF, 1995), 12 pp.

“Daughters of the True North”, The Beaver 74:6 (December 1994/January 1995): 29-40.

“Independent Women, Problematic Men: First and Second Wave Anti-feminism in Canadafrom Goldwin Smith to Betty Steele”, Working Papers, v. 2, Centre for Research in Women”s Studies and Gender Relations, University of British Columbia, 1993

“50s dream no guide for “90s women”, Globe and Mail (May 7, 1992).

“The suburbs: heaven or hell”, Globe and Mail (May 10, 1991).

With Neil Sutherland and Jean Barman, A Bibliography of Canadian Childhood: Articles (Vancouver: UBC 1987).

“Shoring up the Nuclear Family: A History of Mothers” Allowances,” Branching Out, 7:2 (1980).

“Graduating into Women”s History,” Resources for Feminist Research 8:2 (July1979): 10-11.

“The Canadian Committee on Women”s History,” Canadian Newsletter of Research on Women, February 1976

“The Roots of Modern Canadian Feminism,” Canada. An Historical Magazine 3:2 (December1975):12-33. Reprinted in B. Hodgins and R. Page, eds., Canadian History Since Confederation (1979).


WORK SUBMITTED

Liberal Hearts and Coronets: the Lives and Times of Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon and John Campbell Gordon, the Aberdeens (accepted UTP)

“John Campbell Gordon” and “Ishbel Maria Marjoribanks Gordon” for Dictionary of Canadian Biography, accepted Fall 2014.

“Limiting Identities: the Conservative Attack on History and Feminist Claims for Equality,” Labour/Le Travail, forthcoming. Eds Penny Bryden and Matt James.

With Gillian Creese, “Chapter 10, “Downsizing Equality 2001-2011: The Best Place on Earth For Whom?” for The Campbell Revolution: Power and Politics in British Columbia from 2001-2011, edited by Tracy Summerville and Jason Lacharite, University of British Columbia Press.

“Ever a Crusader: Nellie McClung, First-Wave Feminist” in VSB and Anita Clair Fellman (eds), Rethinking Canada (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997, 3rd ed., to be reprinted in Canadian Women”s Movement in Historical Perspective, eds. S.A. Cook and E. O’Connor.


PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

“Ideology Ignores Evidence: the Anti-Women Politics of Canadian Conservatism,” Gendered Dissent Democracy and the Law: A Workshop on the Gendered Face of Canada’s Crackdown on Dissent,” Osgood Hall Law School, York University, 12 May 2014.

“Wanted Children? Child Welfare and Reproductive Justice,” Ashley Lecture, Trent University, March 2014.

“On the Frontline: Feminist Scholarship and Activism Challenge the Canadian New Right,” Ashley Lecture, Trent University, March 2014.

“Tracing a Feminist Genealogy: From Laura Marshall Jamieson to her Granddaughters,” Ashley Lecture, Trent University, March 2014.

“Knowledge and Action in Aid of Democracy: Women Suffrage and Beyond to Idle No More,” Saskatoon Public Library, November 2013.

“Coming to the Aid of Democracy: Women Suffrage and Beyond,” Calgary Public Library, 3 Oct. 2013.

“Stilll Waiting for Justice: Provincial Politics and Gender Inequality in BC 2001-2009: Update,” BC Federation of Labour, March 6, 2009.

Presentation on “Still Waiting for Justice: Provincial Politics and Gender Inequality in BC 2001-2008,” BC Federation of Labour, March 8, 2008.

Presentation on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada at the Annual Conference of the BC Museums Association October 2007, Richmond BC

Presentation on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to the BC Family of Historic Sites and Monuments, Burnaby Village, Feb. 2007.

Presentation on public history to public history course taught by Dr. Patrick Dunae, Malaspina University College, Nanaimo 30 March 2006

Presentation on the HSMBC at the pre-meetings of the Annual Conference of the BC Museums Association October 2006, Prince George, BC.

Preparing for War and Building for Peace: Canadian women between the Great Wars” Aug. 13, 2006, Vancouver Museum.

“Today”s Child: Canadians and Adoption in the Toronto Telegram in the 1960s,” Department of History, University of Northern B.C., November 2004.

“Never the Squaw: E. Pauline Johnson Challenges White Canada,” History and Women”s Studies Seminar Series, University of Alberta, November 8, 2003.

“Thinking About Heroines in History: Pauline Johnson and Nellie McClung,” Brock House Seniors, November 6, 2003

“E. Pauline Johnson and White Canada,” Women”s Studies Lecture Series, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Oct. 21, 2003

“Pauline Johnson and British Columbia,” International Women”s Day Lecture, Vancouver Museum, March 2003

“E. Pauline Johnson, New Woman,” w/ Carole Gerson, Women”s History Month Presentation, Department of Women”s Studies, Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, October 2002.

“E. Pauline Johnson and Canada”, Flag Day Celebration, University College of the Cariboo, February 2002.

“Natives and Highlanders: “Savages” and Empire”, Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies, Trent University, October 2001

E. Pauline Johnson: Native Advocate, New Woman and Nationalist,” Vancouver Historical Society, Oct. 25, 2000

“The Citizenship Debates: Race and Gender in the Franchise Act of 1885,” York University Research Seminar in Women”s Studies, September 2000.

“Historians and the News,” Invited Panel, Meetings of the Canadian Historical Association, Edmonton, Alberta, June 2000

“Pauline Johnson,” Broadcast One, CBC, August 14, 2000

“International Women”s Day,” BCTV, Vancouver, March 8, 2000

Futures and Pasts: New Directions for Research in the History of Women”s Health,” Invited Plenary Presentation, “Women, Science and Health in Post-War North America: Comparative Canadian-American Perspectives,” York University, Conference March 5-7, 1999.

“Violence against Women,” Knowledge Network British Columbia, December 6, 1999

“Canadian Born: Pauline Johnson Imagines the New Nation,”Montreal Social History Group, Jan. 1999.

“Sharing Our Histories,” Conference “Giving the Past a Future,” McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Montreal, January 1999.

“Pauline Johnson and the New Nation,” Canadian Studies Conference, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon France. February 1998.

Interview, “Pauline Johnson”, The History Channel, 1998.

“The Life of Pauline Johnson”, Zonta International, Vancouver Branch, March 1997

“A Red Girl”s Reasoning”: E. Pauline Johnson Constructs the New Nation”. Paper given at UNBC February 1995, U of New Brunswick April 1995; substantially revised versions given for Women”s Studies at Simon Fraser, October 1995, Native Studies/Women”s Studies Lecture Series, the University of Toronto, March 1996 and the International Interdisciplinary Congress of Women”s Studies, Adelaide, Australia, April 1996.

“Protest and Privilege: Confronting the Challenge of Academic Freedom”. to the UBC Faculty Association, November 1995, abbreviated version, Vancouver Sun, February, 1996.

“Independent Women, Problematic Men: First and Second Wave Anti-feminism in Canada from Goldwin Smith to Betty Steele” and “Their Side of the Story: Women”s Voices from Ontario Suburbs, 1945-60”, Invited Lectures to the University of Calgary, September 1993.

Interview, CBC, Canada AM, on Canada after the election, September 29, 1993.

Interview on ILO report on Women”s Progress, “The World Tonight Show,” with Philip Till, CKNW/98, February 4, 1993.

“Independent Women, Problematic Men: First and Second Wave Anti-feminism in Canada from Goldwin Smith to Betty Steele”, Invited Lecture, Mount Royal College, Calgary, September 1993. Presented by invitation to the Canadian Studies Colloquium, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, April 16, 1993 and again to the Women”s Studies Colloquium, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, April 19, 1993.

“Facing Our Differences/Forging Alliances,” Teaching Women”s History: Challenges and Solutions. A conference organized by the Canadian Committee on Women”s History, Trent University, August 20-22, 1993.

“The First Woman”s Movement in Canada”, Langara College, March 9, 1993.

“Women in British Columbia,” Vancouver Museum, January 5, 1993.

“Women in British Columbia,” White Rock and South Surrey Women”s Place, Annual Fund-raising event, October 1992

“Women in Canada,” Okanagan College, Kelowna, January 23, 1992.

“The Centre for Research in Women”s Studies and Gender Relations”, University Women”s Club, October 10, 1991.

“The Changing Role of Women,” YWCA, Vancouver, November 13, 1991.

“Keeping Canada Together: Feminist Perspectives,” Continuing Education, UBC, November 1991.

“Reflections on History and the Nature of Canada,” Department of History, University of Toronto, October 1991.

“Work and Suffrage: Women in Turn-of-the-Century B.C.,” Burnaby Historical Museum, March 1991.

“Home Dreams: Canadian Women and Suburbia, 1945-60”. McGill Centre for Research on Women, January 1991.

“Some Thoughts on Women and Suburbia in Canada,” S.F.U. History Department Seminar, Oct. 1990.

“Aging and History,” Fort St. John Women”s Centre, October 1990.

“Growing Old: Women in English Canada,” Vancouver Historical Society, April 1990.

“Getting on With Life: Women and the Family in Canada 1945-60,” University of B.C., Public Lecture Series for History and Women”s Studies, February 1990.

“Humanizing Canadian History: Writing the History of Canadian Women,” Invited Lecture, North Island College, Courtenay, B.C., February 1989.

“Women and Modern Suburbia,” James Jackson Memorial Lecture in History, University of Manitoba, March 1989.

“Getting on With Life: Women and the Family in Canada 1945-60,” Distinguished Lecture Inaugurating the Women”s Studies Programme, University of Western Ontario, March 1988.

“Challenging Bad Times: Women”s Studies in the 1980”s,” SSHRCC/SSFC/CRIAW Conference, Ottawa, Fall 1987.

“The Confinement of Women,” Shaughnessy Hospital, February 1986.“A People”s History of

Canada”, Vancouver Historical Society, 1985.

“Pulling in Double Harness of Hauling a Double Load: Women, Work and Feminism on the Canadian Prairie,” W.L. Morton Lecture, Trent University, 1985.

“Peace-Making Women: Canada 1919-1939,” International Congress of the Historical Sciences, Stuttgart, West Germany, 1985 (given by Dr. Ruth R. Pierson in my unavoidable absence due to pregnancy) and conference on Women, Peace and Education, OISE, 1984.

“Women”s Studies at SFU,” Channel 10, November 1984.

“Working Lives: Vancouver 1886-1986,” Canadian Studies Programme, University of Alberta, November 1984.

“Discovering the Home: The Last 150 Years of Work in Canada,” Heritage Conference “83, Ontario Museums Association, Toronto, 1983.

“New Model Home and Mistress: Canadian Women as consumers in the 1920s and 1930s,” Conference on Women, Consciousness and Power, Toronto, 1982.

Invited Speaker, “Ideas” Series, CBC/FM: two talks, April 1982.

“Canadian Women as Consumers in the 1920s and 1930s,” University of B.C., 1982.

“Intruders in the Nursery: Childcare Professionals and the Years from One to Five, 1920-1939,” Children and the Family in Historical Context Workshop, University of Victoria, February 1982.

“History of Canadian Women,” B.C. Teachers Federation Colloquium on Women”s Studies, Feb. 1981.

“Working Women and the State: The Case of Canada, 1889-1945”. Women and the Canadian Labour Force Workshop, UBC, January 1981.

“The Graduates of Canada”s Medical Schools for Women,” History Guest Lecture Series, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, March 1978.

“Early Women Doctors in Canada,” Varieties of Feminism Conference, Concordia, February 1977.

“Women in the Canadian Reform Movement,” The History of Women in Canada, Professor S. Van Kirk, University of Toronto, January 1977.

“The National Council of Women of Canada,” McGill Colloquium, February 1975.


CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Chair, Feminist Biography Session, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Toronto, May 2014.

“Feminist Mentorship”, Panelist, Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Toronto, May 2014.

“From Consort to Contender: the Career of Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon, Countess, later Marchioness, of Aberdeen and Temair, 1877-1939,” Social Science History Conference, Vancouver, November 2012.

“Creating ‘Big Tent’ Feminism: the Suffrage Politics of Ishbel Marjoribanks Gordon, Lady Aberdeen,” Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, University of Massacheusetts, Amherst, June 2011.

“The Less than Mighty Scot? The Encounter of John Campbell Gordon, Earl/later Marquess of Aberdeen (and Temair) 1847-1934, with Hegemonic Masculinity,” Canadian Historical Association, Fredericton, June 2011.

Keynote, “Standard-bearers for a Fair Deal: the Work of Canadian Nurses from the 19th Century to the Present,” British Columbia Nurses’ Association Conference, Richmond, B.C. May 5, 2011.

“‘Coming from Away’: Canada’s experience of adoption and the creation of kinship with ‘strange’ children,” Seminar, “The Long History of Child Welfare,” University of Tasmania, Feb. 2011. “The Less Than Mighty Scot? The Encounter of John Gordon, Earl/later Marquess of Aberdeen (and Temair), 1847-1934, with Hegemonic Masculinity,” L.R. Wilson Centre for Canadian History, McMaster University, Dec. 1, 2010.

“Negotiating Surrogacy: the Dilemma of Foster Parents,” Centre for Gender Studies and Feminist Research, McMaster University, Nov. 30, 2010.

Participant, Plenary Roundtable, “Speaking Across Generations: the Future of Women’s History, 2010 Conference of the Canadian Committee on Women’s History/Le Comité canadien de l’histoire de la femme, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Aug. 15, 2010.

“Running Rapids: Cynicism and Sympathy in the Writing of Feminist Biography,” Paper presented to the Canadian Historical Association Meetings, Montreal, June 1, 2010.

“Wrestling with the Past: The Relations between Fostering and Adoption and Original Kin and Community in Canada,” Society for the History of Children and Youth, UC Berkeley, July 9, 2009.

“A Work in Progress: Canadian Feminism in the Long 1960s,” Canadian Studies, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., USA, November 22, 2008

“Not Alone: Writing Canadian History as If the World Mattered,” Association for Canadian Studies, National History Conference, Quebec City, Oct. 25, 2008.

Commentator, sessions on “Second Wave Feminism in Canada” and “Women’s Sexuality in 20th Century North America,” Canadian Historical Association, Vancouver June 2008.

“Saving Children, the World, and Ourselves: Canadians and the Children of Vietnam in the 1970s,” Conference on “Canada as a Refuge,” Centre for Canadian Studies,Edinburgh, May 1-2, 2008.

Keynote, “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves (or Not): Sisters and Aunts and Responsibilities for Children in Canada,” New Zealand Historical Association, Wellington, November 2007.

“Experts on Our Own Lives: Commemorating Canada at the Beginning of the 21st Century,” Canadian Historical Association, Saskatoon, May 2007.

Commentator on Women”s History Session, Canadian Historical Association, Saskatoon, May 2007

Organizer, with Mona Gleason, Tamara Myers, and Leslie Paris, of the SSHRCC-supported invited workshop, “Lost Kids: Negotiating Disadvantage for Children and Youth in Canada, Australia, and the United States the 19th Century to the Present,” University of British Columbia, December 8-10, 2006

Presenter, “Children of Adversity”: Disabilities and Child Welfare in Canada from the 19th century to the 21s, ,”Lost Kids” Workshop, UBC, December 2006.

Presenter, Foreign Affairs: Canadians and International Adoption, 1945-1990”, British Association of Canadian Studies, Cambridge, England, April 2006.

Presenter, “Casual Fornicators, Young Lovers, Deadbeat Dads, and Family Champions: Men in Canadian Adoption Circles,” “The Adoption and Culture Conference,” University of Tampa, Nov. 2005.

Organizer, “BC and Beyond – A Conference Honouring Jean Barman,” w/ Mona Gleason, Jan Hare, and Kristina Llewellyn, UBC, March 18, 2005

Keynote speaker, “Experts on their Own Lives: E. Pauline Johnson and Canada”s Native Women Writers,” Association for Canadian Studies in German-speaking Countries, 25th Anniversary Conference, Grainau, Germany, February 2004.

Keynote Speaker, “Plural Identities, Plural Loyalties: Adoption and Citizenship in Canada”, Presence of the Past: A National Conference on Teaching, Learning and Communication the History of Canada, Association for Canadian Studies and Heritage Canada, keynote Speaker, Halifax, October 24, 2003

“Heroic Women”, Presence of the Past: A National Conference on Teaching, Learning and Communication the History of Canada, Association for Canadian Studies and Heritage Canada, Halifax, October 24, 2003

Chair and Organizer, “Rethinking Our Children: On the Margins in B.C.”, BC Studies, May 2003

“Belonging: Canadians and Adoption from the Mid-19th Century to the present,” Canadian Historical Association, May 2002

Organizer, “Race, Gender and the Construction of Canada,” October 1997, UBC.

Organizer, “The State of the World”s Children: The Difference Gender Makes,”1996, UBC.

“Reflecting Canada: Observations on Women”s Studies and Gender Studies at the end of the 20th Century”. Invited Colloquium, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Mexico, February 21-24, 1996.

“The Challenge of Fairness: Thinking About Canada”s Two Feminist Waves”. Colleque “Feminismes et cultures politiques nationales”. Septième entretiens du Centre Jacques Cartier, Rhône-Alpes 29 novembre – décembre 1994, Lyons, France.

Organizer, “Poverty: Feminist Perspectives”, Conference hosted jointly by the Centre for Research in Women”s Studies and Gender Relations and the School of Social Work, UBC, Nov. 18-20, 1993.

Organizer with Sherrill Whittington of a Workshop to Develop a Non-Sexist Guide to Writing Distance Education Materials, Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, June 18-19, 1993.

Commentator, Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, Meetings, Ottawa, June 1993 Commentator, Session on “Working Women in Modern Canada,” C.H.A., Charlottetown, May 1992.

Commentator, “Issues in Women”s Studies: Programme Organization” session, Canadian Women”s Studies Association, Charlottetown, May 1992.

With Gillian Creese, “Taking Gender into Account in British Columbia: More than Just Women”s Studies,” BC Studies/Atlantic Studies meetings, St. John”s May 1992, rev. for Victoria, Nov. 1992.

“Women with a Choice: Canada”s Wage-Earning Wives and the Construction of the Middle Class: 1945-1960,” Canadian Historical Association, Charlottetown, May 1992.

Commentator, “Family, Gender and Politics in the 20th Century” session, Conference on History of Marriage and the Family, Ottawa, May 1992.

Discussant, monthly series on feminist issues, Coop Radio Vancouver, March 1992 to 1998

Organizer, with Dean Lynn Smith and Jeannette Hermes of West Coast Leaf, of “Designing a Future: B.C. Women and the Constitution,” May 2, 1992.

Organizer, “Women”s Health Across the Life Cycle: Research Issues,” UBC,October 16,18, 1992.

Commentator, “Society on the Resource Frontier,” BC Studies Meetings, UBC, November 1990.

Commentator, “An Eye on Ottawa,” C.H.A. Meetings, Victoria, 1990.

Member, Organizing Committee, BC Studies Meetings, November, 1990.

Organizer, “Transforming Tomorrow: Women”s Studies in the High Schools,” SFU, November 1989.

Organizer, “Women, Work and Unions,” Discussion Series, SFU, September-October 1989.

Organizer, “Women”s Studies in the Universities and Colleges of B.C. and the Yukon,” May 1988.

Chair (two sessions) and member of the Organizing Committee, J.S. Woodsworth Conference, The Institute of the Humanities, SFU, April 1988.

Chair, “The Female Constituency Conference,” session on Childcare, SFU, February 1988.

Organizer, “Women, Medicine and Psychoanalysis,” Lecture Series in Honour of Western Canada”s First Endowed Chair in Women”s Studies, Shaughnessy Hospital, Winter-Spring 1986.

Commentator, Conference on “Women and Education,” UBC, 1986.

Commentator on Anne Wood, “The Role of School Art in the Transformation of Liberal Idealism” and Nancy Sheehan, “Junior Red Cross in the Schools”, CHA, Montreal 1985.

Commentator, “Women”s Access to Curriculum,” Women and Education Conference, UBC, June 1983.

Organizing Committee, Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women Conference, 1983

Organizing Committee, Canadian History of Education Association Conference, 1983.

Programme Coordinator, Canadian Women”s Studies Association Conference, 1983.

Liaison, Canadian Committee on Women”s History/Canadian Historical Association, CHA 1983.

Organizer, SSHRCC Workshop, “Women and the Canadian Economy,”September 1982.

Workshop Leader, Women’s History, Lower Mainland Social Studies Conference, May 1981.

Joint Coordinator, Panel on Women”s History, Pacific Northwest History Conference, April 1981.

Writing the History of Women and Work in Canada,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Historical Association, University of Western Ontario, June 1978.

“Canada”s Early Experiences with Income Supplements: The Introduction of Mothers” Allowances,” Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, Quebec City, November 1978.

Chair, Session on “Women and the Home,” Annual Meetings of the Canadian Association of American Studies, Concordia University, October 1978.

Chair, Session on “Women and the State: The Case of Canada,” Fourth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Mount Holyoke, August 1978.

“The Girl of the New Day”: Canadian Working Women in the 1920s,” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of American Studies, McMaster University, October 1977.

Commentator on Mary Kinnear”s “The First Women”s Rights Movement in Canada; the Icelandic Women,” Conference on the Canadian Women”s Movement, York University, September 1977.

Chair, Session on “Women”s History,” CHA, University of New Brunswick, June 1977.

Joint Organizer, Women in Politics Conference, Trent University, October 1975.

Commentator, Colloquium on Social Protest Movements, Dalhousie University, October 1975.

Chair, Session on Women”s History, Canadian Historical Association, Edmonton, 1975.

Workshop Leader, Conference on Women in Canadian Literature, Lac Simon, Quebec, October 1973.

Ashley Fellowship, Trent University, 2014-03-13
J.B. Tyrrell Historicall Medal for ‘outstanding work in the history of Canada’ from the Royal Society of Canada, 2012.
Canada Prize in the Social Sciences (2012) from the Humanities and Social Science Federation of Canada for Fostering Nation? Canada Confronts its History of Chilhhood Disadvantage (2011)
Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
Jules and Gabrielle Leger Research Fellowship, SSHRCC, 2010-11
Senior Killam Fellowship 2003-05
BC Representative, Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, 2005-8
Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
Raymond Klibansky Prize, 2001, w/ Carole Gerson from HSSFCfor the Best Book in English in the Humanities in Canada in 2000
Raymond Klibansky Prize, 2001, w/ Carole Gerson from HSSFCfor the Best Book in English in the Humanities in Canada in 2000
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, 2001
President of the Canadian Historical Association (1993-4)
Canadian Who’s Who 1992-
Killam Prize for Research, UBC 1994
Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation 1993, Government of Canada.
Sir John A. Macdonald Prize for the best book in Canadian History for 1988, awarded by the Canadian Historical Association
Honourable Mentiion, Hilda Neatby Prize for the best article in women”s history 1987, awarded by the Canadian Historical Association, for both
Co-winner, with Anita Clair Fellman, Laura Jamieson Prize, 1987 from Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women for best feminist book by a Canadian author, for Rethinking Canada, 1986
Co-winner, with Anita Clair Fellman, Laura Jamieson Prize, 1987 from Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women for best feminist book by a Canadian author, for Rethinking Canada, 1986