Making Sense of Women Suffrage Across Canada

Making Sense of Women Suffrage Across Canada: A Panel with the Authors of forthcoming volumes in the series: Women Suffrage and Social Justice in Canada




Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter, University of Alberta, The Prairies and the Northwest Territories

Sarah Carter F.R.S.C. is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics, and the Faculty of Native Studies of the University of Alberta since 2006. From 1992-2006 she taught at the University of Calgary. She is Adjunct Professor with Athabasca University. Her research focuses on the history of Western Canada and on the critical era of the late nineteenth century when Aboriginal people and newcomers began sustained contact. Her work has touched on many aspects of this history, including the place of Aboriginal people in the new agricultural economy (Lost Harvests: Prairie Indian Reserve Farmers and Government Policy) and the creation of race and gender categories and hierarchies in the key decade of the 1880s (Capturing Women: The Manipulation of Cultural Imagery in Canada’s Prairie West). Her work stresses the interconnected lives of Aboriginal people and the early non-Aboriginal settlers.


Lara CampbellLara Campbell, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia and the Yukon

Lara Campbell is a professor who teaches Canadian Women’s History in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Lara publishes on the topics of gender relationships in the interwar period and popular pressure in welfare state formation and has published a book entitled Respectable Citizens: Gender and Family in the Great Depression.


Tarah Brookfield

Tarah Brookfield, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario

Tarah Brookfield is an Associate Professor in History and Youth and Children’s Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Campus. Her research focuses on the social history of war, child welfare, and peace activism in 20th century Canada. She is the author of Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety and Global Insecurity (Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2012) which was a finalist for the 2013 Canada Prize. She has also published articles about Canadian women’s political activism during the First World War and Vietnam War, children’s engagement with the United Nations, and youth’s anxiety about nuclear war. Her new book project is Educating for Peace: Adults, Youth, and Families on Grindstone Island which examines the community set up by Quakers and likeminded peace activists to explore peace, non-violence, and social justice education between 1960-1990.


Heidi Macdonald

Heidi MacDonald, University of Lethbridge, Atlantic Canada

Dr. Heidi MacDonald is an historian of twentieth-century Canada with specializations in Atlantic Canada, the Great Depression, women religious (nuns), and youth. She has a B.A. from Mount Saint Vincent University, an M.A. from Saint Mary’s University, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick. Dr. MacDonald has taught at the University of Lethbridge since 1999 and was chair of the Department of History from 2004 to 2009. Her article in Histoire Sociale/Social History won the Hilda Neatby Women’s History Prize for best Canadian article published in English in 2010. Other recent publications include articles in Acadiensis: Journal of the History of Atlantic Canada; Historical Studies (Canadian Catholic Historical Association); and Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal.


Denyse Baillargeon

Denyse Baillargeon, Universite de Montreal, Quebec

Denyse Baillargeon teaches in the History Department at the Université de Montréal. She is author of Ménagères au temps de la Crise (Remue-ménage, 1991), a work which was translated into English as Making Do : Women, Family and Home in Montréal during the Great Depression (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 1999), and Un Québec en mal d’enfants: La médicalisation de la maternité au Québec, 1910-1970 (Remue-ménage, 2004). Her current research explores the popularization of psychological theories concerning the education of children in Quebec after the Second World War, and the interactions between women and the city.


Joan Sangster

Joan Sangster, Trent University, Canada

Joan Sangster teaches History and Gender and Women’s Studies, including courses on Canadian Women’s History and Working-Class History; she is currently Director of the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Native Studies where she teaches in the doctoral Canadian Studies program. She is currently researching a book on women and paid labour from the end of World War II to the 1970s, as well as pursuing a project on ‘Modernizing Colonialism’, examining images of the First Nations in the post World War II period.




Refreshments provided.


The public Panel and Lecture are possible because of the generous support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice (UBC); the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (SFU); Department of History (UBC, SFU); the Department of Educational Studies (UBC); the Indigenous Pedagogies Network (UBC); and UBC Press.

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