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Social networking through your citations

Ryan Saxby Hill, Media Relations If there is one thing I love it's a good citation. If there is another thing that I love it's probably the Internet. I've noticed that these two things are slowly coming together in the form of online or social-network-oriented citation tools. The UK startup Mendeley got some attention late last year when it was featured on Techcrunch. The tool is billed as the "Last FM of...

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Gender equality and child development: Re-thinking family policy

Paul Kershaw, University of British Columbia
Guest Contributor

Forty years ago the Royal Commission on the Status of Women recommended family policy innovation. It did so because the gender division of caregiving is a primary source of inequality for women. Today, Canadian women still do not have the family policy they deserve. A 2008 UNICEF Report Card ranked Canada last among 25 countries. It shows Canada lacks policy to promote time to care personally; policy to synchronize caregiving with earning and political participation; and...

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« L’égalité-déjà-là » dans une société post féministe?

Louise Langevin, Université Laval, Québec
Article invité Il y a quelques années, la féministe française Christine Delphy avait dénoncé l’idée qu’elle voyait poindre : « L’égalité-déjà-là » pour les femmes. Puisque les femmes étaient présentes dans toutes les sphères de la société, qu’elles étaient égales en droit et que la plupart de leurs revendications avaient été satisfaites, elles étaient maintenant les égales des hommes. Selon cette idée ou cette perception, nous étions maintenant dans une société « post-...

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The 3Ds of the Canadian Women's Movement: Delegitimization, Dismantling and Disappearance

Janine Brodie, University of Alberta
Guest Contributor

The struggle for gender equality in Canada is multidimensional and ongoing, despite the increasingly widespread assumption that gender equality has been achieved (SWC 2005) and the assertion that “we are all equal now.”  The Canadian women’s movement (CWM), similar to its counterparts elsewhere, was and continues to be an amalgam of many different streams of political thinking, organization and activism. Although in the 1970s and 1980s the mainstream of the CMW achieved unprecedented access to Canadian governments...

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Global feminist conference calls for community participation

Alison Faulknor, Director of Programs

2011 will be an exciting year for the Ottawa region. The city will play host to a triennial global feminist conference - Women’s Worlds. This distinguished international and interdisciplinary event will bring together hundreds of academics, advocates, researchers, policy-makers, workers, activists and artists of all ages from around the world. In 2011, the conference celebrates its 30th anniversary and is poised to be the largest women’s conference in Canadian history.

The goal of Women’s World is to tackle a wide range of issues including violence against women, health, education, security, sexualities, poverty and the economy and to create an environment where participants from diverse...

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