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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.


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About the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell

As Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell's life has been a life of achievements. From the age of 16, when she became the first female student body president of her high school, until 30 years later, as the 19th Prime Minister of Canada, Ms. Campbell has spent much of her life breaking barriers for women. She served at all three levels of government in Canada. After leaving politics she served as the Canadian Consul General in Los Angeles, then taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, after which she became an international leader of leaders with organizations such as the International Women's Forum and the Club de Madrid. Drawing on her extraordinary experience as an academic and a leader, she served as the Founding Principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta from 2014–2018.

The Women’s History Project in partnership with the University of Ottawa, the Famous 5 Foundation and Famous 5 Ottawa are hosting


Power of Women’s Voices in Public Life with special guest, the Rt. Honourable Kim Campbell, PC, CC, OBC, KC.

  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm, VIP Reception for Sponsors and ticket holders - Tickets $125.

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm, Public Event - Tickets $20.

  • 7:00pm - 7:30pm, Networking reception

Live stream option now available, 6:00pm - 7:00pm FREE!

Together we salute a truly remarkable woman and celebrate Ms. Campbell’s many contributions to Canada and Canadian history. We want you to be part of this important event.


Past Events

Established in November 2021, The Women's History Project launch its History Unfinished series in April 2022.The following are our past events. Click the button below to follow us on zoomevents and don't miss out on any of our upcoming events!

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Wednesday, June 14th

5pm - 6pm ED

To celebrate National Indigenous History Month and in advance of National Indigenous Peoples Day, The Women’s History Project hosted The Power of Indigenous Women’s Voices with special guests:

  • Buffy Sainte-Marie. Musician, poet, visual artist, pathfinder, activist - legend. Founder of the Nihewan Foundation and Cradleboard Teaching Project.

  • Jeannette Corbiere Lavell. Educator, community worker, advocate, activist - and founder of the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

  • Moderated by Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Director, First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University

The nineteen sixties and nineteen seventies was a period of great change. The struggle for women’s equality and social justice were at the forefront and made the national headlines. Two young Indigenous women, among others, led the way and shone a light on the issues of the day. Buffy Saint-Marie led through the power of song and activism on the international stage. Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell challenged the Government of Canada in the courts.


We asked them: how did it happen, did it make a difference and what do you think about today when you finally see reconciliation rise to the top of the agenda?

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October 27, 2022


In the third online event in our History Unfinished series, A Woman's Place in the Media, panelists explored the milestones and groundbreaking moments we should remember. Are women’s voices truly heard through the media? What are the barriers that still need to come down and what new opportunities have opened up? How have opportunities for women in the media evolved?  What was it like starting out?  What are the barriers that still need to come down? What new opportunities have opened up?

Moderated by:

Germaine Chazou-Essindi, was recently appointed the first Director of Diversity and Inclusion for the National Arts Centre.



Monika Ille is a member of the Abenaki First Nation of Odanak. She has built a rich and diverse portfolio over the course of 30 years in the broadcasting industry.


Trina McQueen, O.C., is a media executive who began her career in television as host of the first season of CTV's W-5. She later moved to CBC, where she rose to Vice-President of the news; the first woman in North America to lead a network news department. She left CBC to launch the Discovery Channel, and later moved to CTV as vice-president and COO of the network.Today, she teaches at the Schulich School of Business at York University, where she is Director of Curriculum Development for the Arts, Media and Entertainment program.

Angela Antle (St. John's), has been a CBC host and producer for over 25 years. She was one of the founding producers and a guest host for Canada's premier culture program "Q". Antle is also a multi-platform producer who has worked on documentaries and digital strategies.

The subjects of motherhood, sexual health, and reproductive justice are vast and complex. We covered 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.

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. J


Reclaiming Our Place
Honouring Indigenous Women Leaders

Reclaiming Our Place - Monday, June 20, 2022

The Women’s History Project together with the Canadian Research Institute on the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) is staging its second online event in its History Unfinished series, Reclaiming Our Place, a virtual Indigenous Women’s Circle to honour Indigenous women activists, Indigenous women chiefs and storytellers. Speakers highlighted their personal journeys as part of this National Aboriginal Day special.

Moderated by

Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Director, First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University


Courtney Montour, Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) filmmaker, ‘Mary Two Axe Earley: I am Indian Again’

The Hon. Lillian Dyck, O.C., retired Senator, member of the Cree Gordon First Nation

Jeanette Corbiere Lavell, Wikwemiknog First Nation, educator, advocate and founding member of the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

Pam Palmater, Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, activist

Sharon McIvor, Member of the Lower Nicola Band, Aboriginal women’s rights activist, Co-Chair of the Feminist Alliance for International Action

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Women and the Law: Celebrating the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms at 40!

A Woman's Place in Law - Thursday, April 14, 2022

Framing the launch of History Unfinished, this event made references to women's suffrage, the Persons Case and explored Section 15 and Section 28 in the Charter of Rights and the Constitution Act of 1982. Topics included landmark cases that were made possible by the Court Challenges Program and led by the Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF). Sponsored by the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women.

Guest Speakers

The Honourable Judy Erola, former Minister responsible for the Status of Women (1980-1984).

Mary Eberts, Constitutional Lawyer, a trailblazing lawyer and human rights advocate.

Kerri A.Froc, Lawyer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick.

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