Western's Caucus on Women's Issues

Spring ll-2001 Newsletter

Spring General Meeting: Wednesday, March 21, 2001 @ 4 p.m., 3036 SSC


Announcements and Events
Interesting Webpages for International Women's Day
Contact your Caucus
New Caucus Members


Sexuality Studies starting at Western. A new program of research is coming to Western, Sexuality Studies. Mark Tewkesbury (Olympic Gold medalist, out and proud public speaker and, by all accounts, thoroughly nice guy) gave the inaugural lecture of the Sexuality Studies Speaker Series. The lecture was a sparkling success, drawing audience members from across the campus community. This was made possible by generous funding from the Centre for Women's Studies.

During the reception following the talk, Tewkesbury officially opened the Queer Sports Collection. The collection includes discussions about gays and lesbians in sports, biographies of sports figures, homophobia in sports and fictional accounts of homosexuality in sporting contexts. Tewkesbury donated two copies of his own book, "Visions of Excellence," to the twenty-one title collection. The collection is catalogued and can be found in WebPAC by entering 'queer sports collection' in the keyword area.

There is a diverse group behind this new initiative in Sexuality Studies including Helen Fielding (Women's Studies/Philosophy), Sheilah Cavanagh (Education), Francis Gingras (French), James Miller (Philosophy/English/Modern Languages and Literatures/Pride Library), Christine Roulston (French) and Clive Thomas (French). At present they are compiling a list of all the courses relevant to sexuality studies which are presently offered at Western. This list will then be posted at the Pride Library website in the fall. Anyone who is presently teaching a course which is relevant or who would like to do so is encouraged to get in touch with Helen Fielding.


Concerning Your Caucus

a.Join us at the Women's Caucus Spring General Meeting.
The Spring General Meeting of the Women's Caucus is coming soon. Find out about plans and programs for next year Wednesday, March 21, 4 p.m., in SSC 3036 (Faculty Lounge, 3rd floor). Refreshments will be served.

b.Celebrate International Women's Day by joining the Women's Caucus for a brown bag lunch presentation.
Join us in recognising International Women's Day by coming to Helene Berman's discussion of "Everyday Violence in the Lives of Women and Children," UCC 369. Bring your lunch!

c. The Women's Caucus Brown Bag Lunch series is being planned for next year. These talks are relaxed events designed to present information and research which may be of interest to women on campus or, indeed, in the community at large. The presentations are informal and aimed at a general audience. All are welcome. If you have ideas about presentations you would like to see, or if you would like to give a Brown Bag Lunch presentation yourself, contact Andrea Purvis.

d. The Women's Caucus at Western needs YOU!
I know you have no spare time, none of us do, but there are some things worth losing a little sleep for. The Women's Caucus is a crucial voice for women's interests on campus. Unattached to the administration or to any particular faculty or department, the Caucus has one area of concern - the women who work as staff, faculty and graduate students on campus. The executive makes sure that our interests are represented because, let's face it, all too often no one else will. Please consider volunteering for a position on the Caucus executive. No experience required! Those interested should get in touch with Caucus President Margaret Kellow.

e. The Caucus is looking for proposals for improving the safety of women on Campus
Each spring, the President's Committee on the Safety of Women solicits proposals for initiatives relevant to improving the safety of women on campus. In the past, the committee has funded a wide range of projects, including the installation of the emergency "code-blue" telephones, the improvement of campus lighting, support for foot-patrol, safety awareness and educational programs run through the Student Development Centre and the Residences, financial support for the development of the "box-fit" classes offered by Campus Recreation, and funding to assist the Pride Library in establishing a collection of lesbian materials. Caucus has not put together a proposal in quite some time (I believe that some of the funding for "Backlash" came from this grant, but I am not sure). It would be a good thing for caucus to take an active role in the promotion of women's safety on campus. One way of doing this is to come up with an initiative of our own. It has to be something that we, as an organization, are willing to undertake ourselves. If you have any ideas and are willing to work on the project, please contact Tracy Isaacs Tracy Isaacs.

For International Women's Day

The theme for this year's International Women's Day is Diverse Voices for Positive Changes! The organizations which are supporting the festivities in London this year include the Women's Events Committee, Women Our Votes Count, The Circle, Brescia College, Public Education Rights Coalition (PERC), Changing Ways, CUPW, Family Service London, Women's Issues Network from University Student Council, Sisters of St. Joseph, London Battered Women's Advocacy Centre, Sexual Assault Centre London, and Women's Community House

March 7, Wednesday
5:30 - 8 p.m. - Celebrate IWD with Women of South London at the South London Community Centre. This is a women only event.

March 8, Thursday
CHRW 94.7 FM All Women's Voices All Day

March 8, Thursday
7 - 9 a.m. - Join the London Battered Women's Advocacy Centre for breakfast at the Delta London Armouries. Speakers are Marion Boyd and Katie Casey. For tickets and further info call 432-2204. Tickets are $20.

March 8, Thursday
5:30 p.m.LONDON'S MARCH - Meet at the Market Square. This will be followed at 6:30 p.m. by London's evening celebration. There will be speakers, music & refreshments, and entertainment featuring Moon Joyce on the second floor, Market Building. ASL (American Sign Language) interpretation will be provided at the IWD evening events. All are welcome.

March 9, Friday
noon - 1 p.m. Helene Berman, Faculty of Health Sciences, will present "Everyday Violence in the Lives of Women and Children," UCC 369. Bring your lunch!

In Toronto
Saturday, March 10, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY FAIR, sponsored by National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC) - at Toronto Metro Hall Tel (416) 932-1718 ext. 22 Fax: (416) 932-0646 E-mail: nacio@web.net http://www.nac-cca.ca/

On Campus

1.Wednesday, March 7
7 p.m., the Gay & Lesbian Alumni Association of UWO, CHRW and The Wave present THE B GIRLZ & FRIENDZ. The B-Girlz, a wild Toronto drag troupe will perform at The Wave, in the University Community Centre, UWO. An evening of singing, comedy and fun - plus a few special guests. Tickets are $10 advance and $12 at the door. PROCEEDS TO WOMEN'S COMMUNITY HOUSE. Tickets available from The Grand Theatre Box Office 672-8800.

2.Come see "Equability", a play about equality and ability, written and directed by Rebecca Nayor. Performances are on March 7 in UCC 315 at 4 p.m. and in the Student Lounge in the Wemple Building, Kings College at 8 p.m.

3.FEMINIST SPIRITUALITY PROGRAM - June 2001 - Brescia College. Sponsored by "the Circle" at Brescia College, this program is creatively designed to deepen our experience of the sacred dimension of our lives through a variety of creative activities and interactive explorations. The program offers two options for participation: Option 1. - 30-days (June 1-June 30, 2001) and Option 2. - 10 - days (June 5-15, 2001). Special features in both options are a 4-day workshop with renowned artist, Meinrad Craighead and on-campus residential accommodation. For more information call: 519-432-8353 x.288,email or visit the website.

In the Community at Large:
Join the Oxford Coalition for Social Justice for a guest speaker who will talk further on the impacts of free trade agreements, the WTO and ideas on resistance! Sat. March 24, 10:30a.m.-2:30p.m., Women's Employment Resource Center, 424 Dundas St., Woodstock. Lunch provided.

Gerard Greenfield will be speaking about the impacts of free trade agreements, the WTO and ideas on resistance. Gerard Greenfield is a labour research activist who has been working with unions and grassroots workers' organizations in Asia. He has worked for the International Union of Food Workers (IUF) on workers' education and peasant-farmer organizing in Southeast Asia, and for the past five years has been based in Hong Kong. He is currently a visiting researcher with the CAW. Sponsored by the Oxford Coalition for Social Justice. For more information call Cathy Austin 539-1973 c.austin@sympatico.ca


On Campus

Prof. Laura Janara, University of Western Ontario (Political Science) will present "Democracy's Family Values: Tocqueville on Anxiety, Fear and Desire in 19th Century America." Thursday, March 15, in NatSci 7 at 12:00 noon.

Educational Development Office and Equity Services present a brown bag lunch seminar on "Race and Ethnicity: Honouring Otherness." Presenters include Francis Ping-hung Chan (Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology), Lesley Harman (Educational Development Office), Jennifer Schroeder and Mark Walma (Equity Services). Monday, March 12, in M143, Medical Sciences Building, at 12:00 noon.

Prof. Elspeth Brown, , University of Toronto (History) presents "Rationalization, the Body, and Photography: Frank Gilbreth and Motion Study in WW I America." Thursday, March 29, in Nat Sci 7 at 12:00 noon.

Prof. Margaret Kellow, History, UWO "Masters and Maids: Masculinity and Sexual Exploitation in the 18C Household." Friday, March 30, in 4317 SSC at 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Carolyn McLeod, University of Western Ontario (Philosophy), will be speaking on "Integrity, Latency and Latent Integrity." Friday, March 30, in TC 340 at 2 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Friday, March 9, noon-1, Helene Berman, Faculty of Health Sciences, will present "Everyday Violence in the Lives of Women and Children," UCC 369. Bring your lunch!

During the week of April 2-6, noon-1, Jennifer Schroeder, Director of Equity Services on Campus will discuss services and issues on campus, location TBA. Bring your lunch!


Canadian educational site aimed at young women.

a history of International Women's Day

Status of Women Canada

Celebrate Women's History Month with Harvard Educational Review for free access to essays that originally appeared in a special symposium on the history of women in education. The story of women in education is a story of oppression and resistance. Through interviews, analysis, and research, these articles chronicle the stories and struggles of women, including Native Americans, Eritreans, African Americans, and white women, who have broken through barriers and claimed an education for themselves, their sisters, and their daughters. The authors also dig deep into the practice of historical inquiry itself, and examine how the presence of women as researchers, teachers, and learners makes a difference in recording their history.
Contents include:
"Reconsidering a Classic: Assessing the History of Women's Higher Education a Dozen Years after Barbara Solomon," by Linda Eisenmann
"The Hidden Half: A History of Native American Women's Education," by Deirdre A. Almeida
"Conflicted Progress: Coeducation and Gender Equity in Twentieth-Century French School Reforms," by Marilyn Mavrinac
"Reflections on Writing a History of Women Teachers," Kathleen Weiler
The articles will be available free of charge through 3/31/01.

Margaret Kellow, President
Tracy Isaacs, Vice President and Safety Committee Rep

Alison Lee, Vice President, Essay Award and Programs
Adeline Falk Rafael, Secretary
Stephanie MacLeod, Treasurer
Janice Wallace, Membership
Sylvia Burrow, SOGS Rep and Grad Student Rep
Letitia Meynell, Newsletter and Grad Student Rep

Members at Large:
Sheila Cavanagh
Catherine Hundleby
Andrea Purvis
Goli Rezai-Rashti


Anyone employed either part-time or full-time by the university or its affiliates is eligible for membership. The current membership includes staff, graduate students and faculty members representing most academic and non-academic departments.

Membership fees are annual and the Caucus membership year begins in September each year. If you would like to join the Caucus or have let your Caucus membership lapse, here are the fees for membership:

Graduate student $5.00
Modest income $10.00
Regular member $20.00
Sustaining member $30.00
Charter member $50.00

The membership fees are used to support Caucus programmes and special initiatives, such as student awards and Caucus events.

If you have questions or would like to join, please contact Janice Wallace.

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