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Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards: Nomination deadline May 9

City of Toronto: Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards nomination forms and descriptions – click through the image.

Torontonians. Now is your chance to honour someone deserving by nominating them for one of these awards. To avoid total Toronto-centrism, let me suggest that inhabitants of other lovely places can look around for what’s offered by their city/province and think about who might deserve nomination.

These awards tick all the boxes. There’s one for race relations, one for disability access, one for Aboriginal affairs, one for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and two spirited issues”. Ah, it would be great to find a person who deserved nomination for all of them at once – but for now, spread the wealth.


But I know, spread the wealth.

CF proposals: (new) Deadline November 30 IFLS/CJWL Jr. Scholars Workshop – Join us Next Summer in Toronto

You should apply – or you know someone who should  This paper workshop is open to pre tenure faculty and advanced doctoral students.  And we’ve made it easy to apply!  Printable flyer here.

Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies & Canadian Journal of Women and the Law

Early Career Feminist Workshop

Call For Participation

The Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies and Canadian Journal of Women and the Law are pleased to invite participation in an Early Career Feminist Workshop to be held June 17, 2011 in Toronto.   Through this event, the IFLS and CJWL aim to provide a venue for feminist colleagues to come together and exchange ideas, and to create a unique mentorship opportunity which will encourage early career academics in the production of excellent scholarly work suitable for publication in the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law.


The workshop is open to pre-tenure scholars who are currently teaching in a Canadian university, whose research and writing engages with law (and society) and who bring feminist perspectives to bear on their work.

We welcome proposals from scholars working in law schools, law and society programs, sociology or criminology departments, and any other areas of the academy where law and feminism are being explored in a critical and rigorous way.

If your paper proposal is selected, you will be required to provide the paper by April 15 2011.  Each paper/scholar will be matched with a senior expert in the field.  This expert will lead our workshop conversation about the paper.

NEW Deadline: NOVEMBER 30TH, 2010

To apply, please email pdf copies of:

1.       paper proposal in English or French (maximum 500 words); and

2.       curriculum vitae

to Lielle Gonsalves <lgonsalves@osgoode.yorku.ca> by October 31, 2010.    The re: line should read “Application for IFLS CJWL early career workshop”.   Participants will be selected by a joint committee of the IFLS/CJWL in December, 2010.

Workshop Details

Date:                      June 17 2011

NB: the date of this workshop does not conflict with:

Congress 2011 of Social Sciences and the Humanities in Moncton NB (May 28-June 5); The LSA meetings (June 2-5, San Francisco); or the Women’s Worlds conference being held in Ottawa (3-7 July 2011)

Location                 Toronto – Glendon Campus of York University (Osgoode will be under renovation)

At this one day workshop, we will be discussing six (6) papers, with time included for other conversation and socializing with the other participants in the workshop.  Breakfast, lunch, and a celebratory dinner will be provided to participants.  Accommodation for one night for those travelling to Toronto will be provided.  We will cover travel costs within Canada.


Please contact                      Sonia Lawrence

Director, Institute for Feminist Legal Studies & Case Comments Editor, CJWL

Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall 416 736 5562 slawrence@osgoode.yorku.ca

In addition…

The Osgoode Institute for Feminist Legal Studies is planning a workshop on teaching feminism in the legal academy, to be held on June 16, 2011 – the day before this Early Career Feminist Workshop.  Stay tuned to http://ifls.osgoode.yorku.ca) on this event.  Those attending the EARLY CAREER FEMINIST WORKSHOP will be encouraged to consider attending both events.

Printable flyer here: IFLS CJWL CFParticipationnew

gender/agenda: elections

I’m a bit behind on the blogging. There have been some elections lately. Not those elections! The Canadian municipal elections! Specifically, Toronto.  I will spare you my rant about the whole thing (others have done it better, I’m concerned about how Scarborough is being treated, and this is the IFLS blog, so…) I see that Toronto now has 33% women on council.  This is grounds for celebration, and I’m not being sarcastic.  Did you know that:

Kristyn Wong-Tam is one of the few women who ran on a feminist platform. She’s also the only new visible minority to get elected – but that’s fodder for a whole other column.

Well. Now that IS news (both bits are news, and i’m waiting for that other column….)  If your career plans have been changed by reading that first line (from Catherine Porter in the Star, click through for her interesting piece to see more about the women’s “breakthrough” with  Sarah Doucette, stalwart Pam McConnell, Mary Fragedakis and Ana Bailão – and see how Wong-Tam plans to do gender analysis at Metro Hall and connect with Rob Ford),       maybe you want to check out Equal Voice.  This organization wants to promote the election of more women at all levels of government and to that end.  Go to their online “Getting to the Gate” course (you have to register) and learn how to get ready to run.  Or get ready to tell that smart, aware and active friend of yours that she should run.

Equal Voice and another Canadian organization, Canadian Women’s Voters Congress aren’t like Emily’s List,  the American organization dedicated to electing Female, pro choice, Democrats.  They are non partisan, and open to women of all backgrounds and presumably all political positions.*

With that in mind, and for those of you thinking about those midterms (not exams! elections) here’s a link to Slate’s DoubleX “So, How’d the Women Do” set of articles.  Because it’s always good to complicate the issue with a bit of “be careful what you wish for…..”

On the new governor of S. Carolina, Nikki Haley.  You know, immigrant, minority businesswoman subjected to a fair amount of racist and misogynistic crap during her campaign (click here for Ann Bartow at feministlawprofessors on the situation).  Apparently she doesn’t think being a minority or an immigrant is  interesting, and upon reflection perhaps it makes a certain amount of sense for her to stay away from those things given the context in which she’s running.  I still wouldn’t vote for her. Says Slate’s Hanna Rosin:

She may be anti-feminist, pro-life, and want to destroy any government-subsidized child care, but still, her victory has symbolic meaning for women ….

But what does it symbolize? And is it spreading north?

My fear fueled frustration is totally unfair – Hanna Rosin did write about what it symbolizes, here, here and here.   I really, really could have done without the Sex and the City explanation for which “mama grizzlies” won/lost [keep lots of clothes on if you want to win! I’m talking to you, woman in her 20’s with no idea that politics are in her future!]  I prefered Amanda Marcotte’s take on those grizzlies:

This contradiction exposed why it’s so critical to the fundamentalist worldview that women stay at home and abandon ambition. In this world, women are supposed to be the light, the caretakers, the homemakers, those who smooth feathers and wipe brows. Aggression, meanness, ambition, and even lustiness are considered more masculine traits, even by the public at large. As Dave Weigel reports, the Republicans are beginning to feel that Sharron Angle, at least, spent too much time in the public eye. The longer the public stares at a Mama Grizzly, the more painful the contradiction between her ideals of femininity and her actual behavior.

Here’s something worth taking away about those American elections:

As American University professor Jennifer Lawless points out on the XX Factor blog today, this was most decidedly not a historic year for women. In fact, it’s the first time in 30 years that Americans have seen a net loss in the total number of women in political office. As Lawless explains, Democratic women lost a lot of seats, and Republican women—despite all the hype —did not gain enough seats to make up the difference. Hence, we have backslid in the year of the woman.

Well, you know. That “we” she’s talking about – it’s not Canadian. Right? Oh……Canada.


* If you are wondering where you can get information about your pro choice candidate is in Canada, try the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.  In  2008 they produced a report card on MP’s, updated October 15, 2010, here.  Maybe they ramp this up during election campaigns? Although I’m not sad that it’s not a major election issue….

My MP is Joe Volpe (Lib).  He fills up my mailbox, and since I don’t read his material because I have no intention of ever voting for him, I don’t know whether he has been letting me know that

a.  he is anti choice,

b.  what he thinks about Dr. Morgentaler’s order of Canada is a secret, and

c. he was absent for the vote on the Unborn Victims of Crime Bill.  For those of you who just mentally heard a slamming on the brakes sound, this happened in 2008.