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A Woman's Place: History Unfinished

There are many great women whose campaigns, achievements and contributions have led to substantial change in Canadian history. Their stories need repeating!


The Women's History Project wants to illuminate those stories of past changemakers in a modern way, capturing the hearts of those new to history and the equality movement and honouring the women who came before us.


If you would like to sponsor one or more of our events, please contact us. We have sponsorship packages available.

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Thursday, March 2, 2023
4pm - 6pm Eastern Time

As part of the International Women’s Day celebrations, and since its launch in 2021, The Women’s History Project will be hosting its fourth webinar, Women’s Health: Sexual Health & Reproductive Justice, on Thursday, March 2, 2023, 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

The subjects of motherhood, sexual health, and reproductive justice are vast and complex. We would like to cover some of the historical highlights relating to birth control, abortion rights, and reproductive technologies. Anti-choice rhetoric, the connection between sexual and mental health, intersectional and ethical issues around access, sterilization, sexual identity, and social class are still relevant today. We would like to consider the relevance of these hot topics and highlight the work that still needs to be done.

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With Speakers

Donna Cherniak, MD is a physician specializing in family medicine. She is actively practising in the Sherbrooke area. She is co-author of the Birth Control Handbook, 1968, an initiative of the McGill Students Society, A Book about Birth Control, 1979, STD Handbook, 1997, and the Menopause Handbook, 1997.


Karin Wells is a CBC Radio documentary maker and a three-time recipient of the Canadian Association of Journalists documentary award. Wells is also a lawyer and in 2011 was inducted into the University of Ottawa’s Common Law Honour Society. Author of The Abortion Caravan, 2020 and More Than A Footnote: Canadian Women You Should Know, 2022.  


Maureen McTeer,  is a lawyer specializing in health law, an author of five books and a well-known women’s rights advocate. Her fifth and current book, FERTILITY: 40 Years of Change, (Irwin Law, 2022) covers the major issues of infertility, assisted human reproductive technologies, genetics and embryo research. Photo credit Valberg Imaging, Inc.

Jennifer Brant (She/Her) Kanien’kehá:ka, is a mother-scholar and assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Jennifer writes and teaches about Indigenous maternal pedagogies, reproductive justice for Indigenous women, and Indigenous women's literature. Jennifer is the co-editor, of Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada and her work on Indigenous maternal pedagogies is featured in several Demeter Press collections. Jennifer positions Indigenous literature as educational tools to foster sociopolitical action and calls for immediate responses to racialized, sexualized, and gender-based violence.

Angela Marie MacDougall (moderator) - Based in Vancouver, Angela works as executive director at Battered Women’s Support Services, where she oversees services and a dynamic team that support thousands of women, femmes, and transfeminine people.  Angela is a founding member of Feminists Deliver, a provincial organization, dedicated to the issues facing marginalized communities in British Columbia. She is also founding member of Intersectional Feminist Justice Research and Organizing Collaborative that brings together researchers, academics, data and policy analysts, students, and community organizers to provide critical research, data, policy and strategic support for the ending violence, gender equity and social justice movements. Ms. MacDougall was named a Remarkable Woman by the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Magazine named her one of Vancouver’s most powerful people.

About Zoom Events

We are using the latest Zoom Events platform that combines the quality of webinars with the networking functionality of Zoom meetings.  Please be patient as we are learning this new system with you! When you join the event you will enter a Lobby that will show you the itinerary, and have tabs for speaker and sponsor profiles. You may wish to add your info so that you can easily network with other participants.


The first hour of this event please JOIN the Webinar featuring speaker remarks. And with a quick click you will be able to transition to the second hour with a Q&A hosted by our moderator. You may want to turn on your video in hour 2 when asking a question but we will spotlight the speakers.


Please note that we are enabling the chat throughout the session. We are mindful that all comments need to be respectful.

This event will be recorded.


We are delighted that the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) is our financial partner and continues to support our work. 



The University of Ottawa Library’s Archives and Special Collections (ARCS) is a specialized unit with a mission to acquire, preserve and provide access to archival records, rare books and periodicals, and other special collections that support the teaching and research needs of the University of Ottawa community as well as the public.  ARCS is home to the Women’s Archives, a collection of over 150 archival fonds which document that history of women and the feminist movement in Canada since the 1960s.  ARCS is currently focused on a 5-year project to increase the visibility of the women’s archives and the documented history of women in Canada.  For more information about this initiative please visit

Rise Up! is a digital archive of feminist activism in Canada from the 1970s to the 1990s. Our mission is to preserve original materials representing the radical grassroots history of the period and to make them accessible online to new generations of activists, students, and researchers. We particularly strive to make visible the contributions of those  who are too often unacknowledged in mainstream narratives, in particular the role of Black, Indigenous, and Women of Colour, disabled women, immigrant women, and LGBTQ2S+ persons.

Events hosted by The Women's History Project are free. However, donations would be most welcome. 

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