International Women’s Day – Resources for Teaching Women’s and Gender History

Published on March 8, 2022

ICYMI In October 2021, we collected some of the many resources that may be useful for history instructors integrating gender themes into their courses. Below is an updated and ever-expanding list! We encourage you to take a look at these resources and join the conversation by suggesting additions! 

Do you have other suggestions for works that could be included on this list? We’d love to hear them! Let us know by tagging @CndHistAssoc on Twitter and using the hashtag #CHATeachingResourcesChat. 

CHA Rethinking History in Canada Roundtable Series

The first webinar in the series – Women, Gender and Sexuality was held on Thursday February 3, 2022. The webinar is available on the CHA YouTube Channel.

CHR Presents “Women’s Voices

In this special issue historians reflect on “Forty Years of Women’s History in the Canadian Historical Review.”

Online Resources (Projects, Archives, Digital Exhibits, and more!)

Servicewomen in the Second World War Webinar: Military Service Files and Photographs: https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/about-us/events/Pages/2022/servicewomen-2world-war-webinar.aspx 

​​For this webinar, folks who are interested in the history of servicewomen in the Second World War will be shown how to access military service files and photographs from this conflict, with an emphasis on the contributions of servicewomen. LAC experts will demonstrate how to view digitized photos online in Collection Search.

The webinar will be posted on Library and Archives Canada's YouTube channel on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 11 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time). 

Library and Archives Canada Blog

Rebecca Murray, “Women in the War: A Co-Lab Challenge.” Library and Archives Canada Blog (blog), October 21, 2021. https://thediscoverblog.com/2021/10/21/women-in-the-war-a-co-lab-challenge/

Barrass, Christine. “The Jamaican Canadian Association and Women’s Involvement.” Library and Archives Canada Blog (blog), October 5, 2018. https://thediscoverblog.com/2018/10/05/the-jamaican-canadian-association-and-womens-involvement/

Brown, Laura. “Nursing Sisters of the Canadian Army Medical Corps in the First World War, Part I.” Library and Archives Canada Blog (blog), June 20, 2018. https://thediscoverblog.com/2018/06/20/nursing-sisters-of-the-canadian-army-medical-corps-in-the-first-world-war-part-i/

Comber, Alex. “Nursing Sisters Who Died in Service during the First World War, Part 2.” Library and Archives Canada Blog (blog), June 27, 2018. https://thediscoverblog.com/2018/06/27/nursing-sisters-who-died-in-service-during-the-first-world-war-part-2/

Dobbin, Julie. “Inuit Women and Seals: A Relationship like No Other.” Library and Archives Canada Blog (blog), January 20, 2017. https://thediscoverblog.com/2017/01/20/inuit-women-and-seals-a-relationship-like-no-other/

Library and Archives Canada Blog. “Nursing Sisters,” July 28, 2015. https://thediscoverblog.com/2015/07/28/nursing-sisters/

Library and Archives Canada Blog. “Women in the War: The Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS),” May 16, 2019. https://thediscoverblog.com/2019/05/16/women-in-the-war-the-womens-royal-canadian-naval-service-wrcns/

Feminists Teach Online: @FemTeachOnline

Providing resources about integrating feminist pedagogy and technology into online, hybrid, and traditional undergraduate courses feminists-teach-online.tulane.edu. The project has recently launched their own blog as well! Check it out here: https://feminists-teach-online.tulane.edu/ 

And visit the #PandemicMethodologies presentation by Jacquelyne Thoni Howard talking about this resource!

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Canadian Committee on Women's and Gender History – Comité canadien de l'histoire des femmes et du genre (CCWGH-CCHFG) website includes resources for teaching, research, and connecting with other scholars! Selection of resources listed include: The Alberta Women’s Memory Project, The Atlantic Canada Virtual Archives, and A Guide to Women in Canadian History.

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Historica Canada - Women in Canadian History Education Guide

Download the guided and worksheets here. This education guide is accompanied by a video series celebrating the achievements of three remarkable women who overcame adversity to create positive change in Canadian society. Watch their stories and learn more!

 Rise Up! A Digital Archive of Feminist Activism – Teaching Resources

Centre for Civic Education: Women’s History Month

Podcasts, Lesson Plans, Videos: https://civiced.org/womens-history-month 

Listing of various teaching resources including recommendations for using the CBC Archives, The Women’s Kit, and resources from the Canadian Centre for Gender+Sexual Diversity: Sharing the History and Voices of 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians.

Women in Sport in Pre-Confederation Newfoundland, an Online Exhibition. The Rooms.

Listing of various teaching resources including recommendations for using the CBC Archives, The Women’s Kit, and resources from the Canadian Centre for Gender+Sexual Diversity: Sharing the History and Voices of 2SLGBTQ+ Canadians.

Women in Sport in Pre-Confederation Newfoundland, an Online Exhibition. The Rooms.

Women at Work, an online exhibition. Provincial Archives of New Brunswick.

Student Life at McGill: 1829 – 1997, Virtual Exhibit.  McGill University Archives.

100 Years | 100 Women, Project Archive
This Project collectively commissions artists, activists, scholars, students, and community leaders to interrogate the complex legacy of the19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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Visit the Alberta Women’s Memory Project

#Twitterstorians and Primary Sources

Canadian HERstory (@cdnherstory)

Twitter initiative “about Canadian history except her story | L'histoire des femmes canadiennes”

Diary kept by Margaret Chancery Mayo, a young woman in her mid-twenties during the year 1897, St. John’s Newfoundland. 35 pages. Digitized Materials from the Archives and Special Collections, Memorial University.

Ruby Ayre Photograph Album, 1916-1918. Nurse with a detachment of the British Red Cross Society, 1915-1918.  67 pages. Digitized Materials from the Archives and Special Collections, Memorial University.

Women of Nova Scotia, Online Sources, Nova Scotia Archives. There is more material related to Nova Scotia Women representing 87 primary source collectionsMemoryNovaScotia.ca. 

51 Collections related to women’s societies, MemoryPEI all located at Public Archives and Records office of Prince Edward Island.

The New Brunswick Irish Portal.  A collection on digital databases and primary sources that includes the following material:Saint John Almshouse Records, Immigrant Letters, Brenan Funeral Home Records: Traces of Ireland, Fitzwilliam Estate Emigration Books, 1847 to 1856, Newspapers, Passenger Lists, RS555 Provincial Secretary Immigration Administration Records, Teachers Petition Database & Irish Immigrants in the New Brunswick Census of 1851 and 1861.

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