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WOMEN'S LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIALS

The Women’s Legal Research Materials subseries contains 100 files of legal research pertaining to women’s rights and issues that affect women. This subseries contains legal research materials including Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. The specific topics this subseries covers are divorce, women’s education, the Canadian labour code, jury duty, status of women, pay equality, gender discrimination, offshore mineral rights, female Senators, child custody, maintenance payments, child abuse and seduction laws, welfare, the justice system, professional ethics, human trafficking, the Indian Act, pensions, civil servants, historical divorce cases, segregation and civil rights, representation of women, women’s roles, gendered language in law, rights of married women and widows, veterans, appointment of judges, constitutional law, illegitimate children, immigration, and genocide. Date ranges refer to publication dates of historical legislation, though files contain copies only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, Privy Council decisions, Provincial legislation, legal dictionary entries, Canadian Bar Association meeting minutes, Canadian Bar Review, and constitutional law research materials. Also includes court documents from the United States.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, Privy Council decisions, Provincial legislation, legal dictionary entries, Canadian Bar Association meeting minutes, Canadian Bar Review, House of Commons debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Also includes court documents from the United States.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on marriage and divorce. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on women's rights. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on maintenance after divorce and aboriginal rights. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, Provincial and federal legislation regarding equal pay, aboriginal rights, and immigration. Also includes Canadian War Orders and Regulations and Statutory Orders and Regulations regarding Japanese immigrants and discrimination.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, Provincial and federal legislation, copies newspaper clippings, and copies of the United Church Observer regarding Japanese immigrants and discrimination, civil rights, and Church positions of conflicts in South Africa, israel, and the middle east. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

International reviews, House of Commons and Senate debates, and federal and provincial legislation regarding equal rights, qualifications for government positions, bilingualism, and women's rights in China. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Notes, correspondence, magazine articles, provincial and federal legislation, House of Commons and Senate debates, and legal articles regarding research on judicial legislation and juries. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court of Canada proceedings and the Privy Council regarding land disputes, territory boundaries, and territory disputes in the commonwealth and North America. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on marriage, adoption, divorce, pensions, and taxes. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on aboriginal rights, the Indian Act, the status of women, segregation, and civil rights. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on divorce, alimony, and child custody. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on laws pertaining to lawyers, divorce, professional ethics of doctors, and child custody. Copies of historical legislation only.

LEGAL RESEARCH MATERIAL

Supreme Court decisions, provincial and federal legislation, legal dictionary entries, House of Commons and Senate debates, legal articles, and constitutional law research materials. Specifically research on laws pertaining to lawyers, divorce, desertion, maintenance, criminal law, and child custody. Copies of historical legislation only.

WOMEN-RESEARCH-IMPORTANT BOOKS

A copy of The German Woman and her Master by Henry de Halsalle and C. Sheridan Jones, published by T. Werner Laurie Ltd.; a copy of Caroline Norton by Alice Acland, annotated with notes from M.E. Ritchie and others, published by Constable and Company Ltd.

CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN

Books Canadian Charter Equality Rights for Women: One Step Forward or Two Steps Back? published by the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1989, and The Equality Game: Women in the Federal Public Service (1908-1987) published by the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1988 regarding the anaylsis of the first three years of equality legislation under Canada's new Constitution and women's employment in the federal public service.

WOMEN'S BUREAU-DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR

Booklets "If I Go to University," Vocational and Technical Training for girls in Canada at high school, post high school and trade school levels," Women at Work in Canada," "The Law Relating to Working Women," and "Legislation Concerning the Employment of Women: Provincial laws (Ontario)" published by the Women's Bureau and/or the Department of Labour Canada/ Labour Canada regarding women's education, employment, law and legislation relating to the employment of women. Also includes Women's Bureau '72, the fourth annual publication of the Women's Bureau.

DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL HEALTH AND WELFARE

"The Family Violence Audio-Visual Catalogue: A list of audio-visual available from various sources in North America," "Changes in Chuild Welfare Legislation in Canada, 1958, 1959, 1960, and 1961," "Social Services for Unmarried Parents," and "The Canadian Welfare Council: A Guardian of Human Rights? Annual Report" published by the Department of National Health and Welfare, later Health and Welfare Canada. Also includes "Report on Violence in the Family: Wife battering" published by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, Welfare and Social Affairs.

GOVERNMENT ISSUED BOOKS, BOOKLETS AND PAMPHLETS

"Family Law Reform: Your new Rights" and "Marriage as an Equal Partnership: A Guide to the Family Law Act" by the Ministry of the Attorney General, "On the treatment of the Sexes in research" by Margrit Eichler and jeanne Lapointe and published by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, "The Widening Sphere: Women in Canada 1870-1940" by Jeanne L'Esperance and published by the Public Archives Canada and the National Library of Canada, "Estate Tax Act," "Dominion Succession Duty Act: Explanatory Brochure" by the Department of National Revenue, and "Family Property: Working Paper 8" by the Law Reform Commission of Canada.

BOOKS, BOOKLETS AND PAMPHLETS

The Journal of Social Issues volume 28, number 2 "New Perspectives on Women"; "Sex Roles and Female Oppression: A collection of articles" by Dana Densmore; "Females and Liberation: A collection of articles" by Dana Densmore, reprinted from A Journal of Female Liberation; "The Effect Use of Womanpower: Report of the Conference" published by the Women's Bureau of the United States Department of Labour; "Today's Women in Tomorrow's World: A Conference Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Women's Bureau" published by the Women's Bureau.

BOOKS, BOOKLETS AND PAMPHLETS

"First Report of the Private International Law Committee" published in London; "Women in Britain" prepared for British Information Services, "Report of the Departmental Committee on Matrimonial Proceedings in Magistrates' Courts" and "Documents relating to the Admission of Women to the Diplomatic and Consular Services" published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London; "Learning and Living: A feminine viewpoint," results of a questionnaire compiled by the Bolton School Old Girls' Association; Divorce Reform Bill: Official report of Standing Committee C, Parliamentary Debates House of Commons, London.

BOOKS, BOOKLETS AND PAMPHLETS

National Conference on the Law and Women conference papers, newsletters from CUPE, McGill University Faculty of Law, The Leader by Canadian Union of Public Employees, and "A Cappella: A Report on the Realities, Concerns, Expectayions, and Barriers Experiences by Adolescent Women in Canada" by the Canadian Teachers' Federation.

WOMEN-RESEARCH-IMPORTANT BOOKS

Extract from Valparaiso University Law Review "Equal Pay, Equal Employment Opportunity and Equal Enforcement of the Law for Women," magazine article by Gene Marine and Art Goldberg about class inequality in the interpretation of abortion laws, "The Strange Story of Dr. James Barry: Army Surgeon, Inspector General of Hospitals, discovered on death to be a woman" by Isobel Rae, and "The Prostitute Regulation and Control: A Comparative Study" by Arthur J. Currie and John F. Decker.

WOMEN-RESEARCH-IMPORTANT BOOKS

Extracts from "The College, The Market and The Court" by Caroline Dall; Bill 86: A Bill to Establish the Women's Cultural and Information Bureau (3rd session, 15th Legislature, Alberta); extract from Publication of the Society for the Protection of Women and Children (Montreal); extracts from "On Liberty - The Subjection of Women" by John Stuart Mill.

LAURA SABIA-FEMINIST-CATALYST

Correspondence, notes, memorandum, articles, newspaper clippings, and meeting minutes regarding the work of Laura Sabia, president of the Canadian Federation of University Women, on women's status, women's groups, women's education, the royal commission on the status of women, and the Interdepartmental Committee on Human Rights.

LAURA SABIA-FEMINIST-CATALYST-TORONTO CONFERENCE

Memorandum, agendas, submissions, recommendations, descriptions of workshops, strategies, evaluation sheets, reports, programs, and questionnaires regarding Laura Sabia, president of the Canadian Federation of University Women, on advocacy for the status of women and the Strategy for Change conference in Toronto in 1972. Also includes a reprint of the Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women from the Labour Gazette (1968). The report of "Strategy for Change" Convention of Women in Canada (1972) includes a summary in French.

Women's Rights

The Women’s Rights series is the second largest series, containing 22 subseries. Subseries are arranged by subject matter and chronology, based on supplied subject titles. Materials were created between 1939 and 2008, and also includes research materials dating from 1800. This series is primarily focused on women’s issues and issues of legal, political, and social equality for women. There is a broad range of topics represented in this series, including women’s roles, workplace sexual harassment, the merit principle, women’s education, women’s employment and career opportunities, women in politics, women in public service, family life, divorce, child custody, effects of sexism on the poor, additional discrimination against aboriginal women, female refugees, the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, and the exclusivity of gendered language.

Significant portions of material in this series is research compiled by the HRI and HRI volunteers. These include newspaper clippings, magazine articles, historical legislation, government publications, and articles that discuss and trace how women are viewed, the achievements of women, efforts made by women’s organizations and the federal government to improve the status of women, social issues that have a strong impact on women, changing social values and mores, Senate reform, the Persons Case, and the Famous Five. This series also contains materials created by the HRI including newsletters, memorandum, conference planning materials, press releases and other promotional materials, as well as correspondence between the HRI and various women’s organizations, politicians, and public servants. These materials discuss HRI’s efforts to highlight double standards and unequal treatment to improve equality and equal opportunity for women. The issues covered and perspectives taken in this series are reflective of the feminism of the period.

The main focus of the HRI’s efforts for women’s equality was Persons Case II. This was the HRI’s attempt to bring a case to the Supreme Court of Canada for Senate reform and women’s rights. Persons Case II sought to get a reference to the Supreme Court to decide whether the government was obligated by the equal rights clause of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to appoint women to Senate on an equal basis as men, as the HRI believed that if women made up half the Canadian Senate they would be able to enact real change. It was named Persons Case II in reference to the Persons Case of 1927- 1929. The Persons Case was fought by the Famous Five and referred to the Supreme Court by Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. After appealing the initial Supreme Court ruling, the Judicial Committee of the Imperial Privy Council in London, England, overturned the decision and deemed women eligible for appointment to the Senate as persons with all penalties and privileges under the law. Despite gaining significant support for Persons Case II throughout the 1980s and 1990s, various Ministers of Justice and Prime Ministers repeatedly declined to refer the case to the Supreme Court, citing no exceptional circumstances, the issue not being important enough to involve the Supreme Court, and finally, as Prime Minister Jean Chretien did appoint women to the Senate on an equal basis with men, such a reference was seen as unnecessary.

WOMEN-WOMEN'S PROGRAMS WITHIN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The Women – Women’s Programs within the Federal Government subseries contains 5 files discussing the status of women in society. Files are arranged by material type. This subseries contains a variety of document types including fact sheets and background information, correspondence, reports, presentations, newspaper clippings, press releases, and government publications. The specific topics this subseries covers are the status of women in the labour force, political and social equality of women, childcare for working mothers, and biographical information on Sylva Gelber, Director of the Women's Bureau of the Canada Department of Labour.

WOMEN'S BUREAU-BULLETINS

Press releases, Women's Bureau bulletins (1961-5), correspondence, papers (some French summaries), notes. facts sheets, copies and reprints of articles from the Labour Gazette, bibliographies, and reports regarding the activities of the Women's Bureau of the Canada Department of Labour, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and labour and social equality, including childcare for working mothers.

NATIONAL ACTION COMMITTEE (N.A.C.)

Correspondence, memorandum, presentations to Senate, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and supporting documentation from the National Action Committee (N.A.C.) on the Status of Women for research and a presentation to the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Also includes fundraising and representation of women in government through a special council of women.

CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF ELIZABETH FRY SOCIETIES

Correspondence, memorandum, copies of newspaper clippings, annual reports, press releases, and supporting documentation regarding the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (C.A.E.F.S.), the nomination of CAEFS executive director Kim Pate for the Persons Award, and the incarceration of women with mental illnesses or those who had been abused.

WOMEN"S ORG-UNIVERSITY WOMEN'S CLUB

Programs, correspondence, annual reports, memorandum, directories, newspaper and magazine clippings, building plans, article "Should you have a marriage contract?" from Chatelaine (1964), biographical notes and resumes, questionnaires, and treasurer's reports regarding the University Women's Club and resolutions for marital law equailty, and including personal correspondence between M.E. Ritchie and Mollie Gillen, author of many of the articles included.

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-STATUS OF WOMEN CANADA-JUNE MENZIES

Correspondence, transcripts, progress reports, newspaper clippings, briefs, and reports regarding June Menzies of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women on marriage rights, property rights, dower rights, inheritance rights, pension rights, the Lavell case on status rights for aboriginal women, and the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Also includes "Report of the Monaitoba Volunteer Committee on the Status of Women" as submitted to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-STATUS OF WOMEN CANADA-CORRESPONDENCE

Correspondence from the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women regarding National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, Persons Case II, discrimination against women, HIV/ AIDS, and the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Also includes copies of " Women News: The United Nations Works for Women" and "Women 2000: Activities of non-governmental organizations."

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-STATUS OF WOMEN CANADA-CORRESPONDENCE

Correspondence, telephone directories, copies of newspaper and encyclopedia articles, copies of annual reports, news releases, organization lists, forms, memorandum, biographies, and provisional agendas regarding the 43rd-44th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Status of Women Canada's Policy Research Fund (PRF), and the Sixth Meeting of Commonwealth Ministers Responsible for Women's Affairs (WAMM-6).

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-STATUS OF WOMEN CANADA-DOCUMENTS AND BRIEFS

Background notes, notes for addresses, draft programs and papers, copies of newspaper clippings, National Action Committee on the Status of Women meeting reports, correspondence, memorandum, summaries, and commissions, regarding the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Canadian Human Rights Act (Bill C-72), International Women's Year (1975), and organizing M.E. Ritchie's various keynote speeches at conferences and seminars.

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-CANADIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN-STATUS OF WOMEN CANADA-DOCUMENTS AND BRIEFS

Notes for addresses, recommendations, bibliographies, draft papers, and an analysis of employment statistics regarding the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Bill C-72, maternity leave and benefits, marriage law, and women in the public service. Includes an address by the Hon. Marc Lalonde, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, called "The Media Mirage."

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