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Osgoode Feminist Collective Hosting Annual Feminist Tea in Honour of Person’s Day


As mentioned earlier, this is a meaningful opportunity to connect with allies and advocates within the legal community.

We must clarify that the focus of this year’s Feminist Tea is centred on the communities and individuals that the Persons Case of 1929 does not account for. Although this decision did not serve all women in Canada, the anniversary of its passing is a nationally recognized watershed for the rights of women within Canada; as such, it represents both a victory and a loss for movements advocating for the rights and recognition of marginalized groups, historically and in the present day.
We ask that you join us in solidarity as we gather for tea, discussion, and reflection on the historical and ongoing advocacy, movements, and victories led by women who identify as Black, Indigenous, women of colour, and LGBTQQ, as well as to reflect on the continued exclusion of these groups from social, political, and legal spaces.
As ever, we continue to problematize our feminisms and strive to ensure that they are intersectional and inclusive.

A message from the Osgoode Feminist Collective:


Dear Feminists and Allies,

“The Osgoode Feminist Collective would like to invite you to our Annual Feminist Tea in honor of Persons Day. This event will be taking place in room 2027 this coming Tuesday, October 20th from 12:30-2:30.

This is a great chance to interact with fellow feminists and allies at Osgoode. Come meet feminist faculty and students and celebrate powerful feminists in history.

On Persons Day we celebrate the achievements of feminist movements, while recognizing that there is still much more work to be done.

This will be a safe space open to anyone with an interest in feminism and a spot of tea.


Osgoode Feminist Collective (previously known as: Osgoode women's caucus)

Name change: the Osgoode Women’s Caucus is now the Osgoode Feminist Collective (link is to their Facebook page).  Lest you thought that younger women were avoiding the F word en masse, pending rebranding.  Why do people think this?

OFC (love the new acronym almost as much as the new name? i do) announced their name change last week.  If you know or are an alumna of this long lived and fierce organization, what do you think?  Here are a few snippets from the announcement at last week’s feminist tea, with thanks to the current co chairs.

In our efforts to bring a feminist voice to Osgoode and the wider York Campus, Women’s Caucus attempts to work within an anti-oppressive framework. For the past couple of years, we have been discussing the direction of our group and how this relates to our name.  We thought improvements could be made. We would like our name to be more reflective of the anti-oppressive politics and multiple feminisms that the our members embrace, as well as recognizing that feminism is practiced and welcoming to people of all genders.

We narrowed down our choices and recently asked our members to vote. As a result, we are happy to announce that with an overwhelming majority, we have decided to change our name to “Osgoode Feminist Collective.”

The October tradition of the Feminist Tea has celebrated person’s day. Some of you who know me may know that I’ve long had a problem with Person’s Day.  See here for some past rants (i know – the money changed).  The Osgoode Feminist Collective had a set of slides running in the background at the tea to consider the complicated meanings of Person’s Day.  These remind me of my general preference for nuanced critical thought over ranting….

It’s been over 80 years since women in Canada were declared qualified persons, yet as the daughter of immigrant parents, it feels far less distant. The memory of my mother’s pride on her first day as an eligible voter, after 10 years of contributing to her Canadian community, is very close indeed. This memory is one that I reflect on and reminds me why the battle for equality is not yet over.

Persons Day reminds me that we are all complex beings, with complicated relationships to feminism and history. It reminds me of the importance of being able to talk about and through those complicated relationships in order for us to respectfully commemorate the hard work of the five women in Edwards. But also so that we recognize the many other racialized women who had been organizing around their rights as women and racialized persons then, and who continue to organize and advocate for their communities today.

Edwards is an example of how only 5 determined women were able to make such momentous changes, despite the great resistance they faced. Such examples of strength remain an encouragement for current battles.

My gratitude to the women of Women’s Caucus’ past and Osgoode Feminist Collective’s present and future and all the inspiration, knowledge and support they have given.

Mark your Calendar: Osgoode Women's Caucus Tea: Monday October 17, 2011 1230-230

How lovely! I love tea.  I have a complicated relationship with Person’s Day, (click for my reasons or click here for a visual representation),

but I do like tea. Hope to see you at this Osgoode Women’s Caucus event.  It was fun, and delicious, last year.

Meet and mingle with women’s caucus members, feminist and feminist-friendly faculty

October 17, 2011, 1230-230, Room 2011, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.

Happy Persons Day, Canada! A Roundup

It’s the anniversary of the JCPC decision in the famous Edwards case about whether the phrase “qualified persons” in the British North America Act, 1867 (in other words, the what is now the Constitution of Canada) included “women”.  Apparently, it did (does).   This link says that it was disappointing that Emily Murphy, one of the Famous Five women who brought the challenge (see them on the $50 bill),  wasn’t appointed to the Senate – but that’s a nice little can of worms for feminists like me.  I’m not particularly disappointed.  Have you read The Black Candle? Emily Murphy’s career as a magistrate and writer means we know  quite a bit about her views on race and drugs, inter alia.  What I know, I don’t like.  Here’s how one site tries to explain her views on immigration.

What can we do to celebrate this big day? You could read and quibble with thecourt.ca’s selection of the 10 most significant women’s rights cases since 1929.   If Person’s Day feels a bit too celebratory to you, consider West Coast Leaf’s CEDAW report card for British Columbia and ask if you can celebrate BC’s move from a D average to a C-.   Maybe, like the Osgoode Hall Women’s Caucus, you could think about participating in the Toronto Take Back the Night event this Friday.