Books – Gender Studies

  • Making Ends Meet

    Farm Women’s Work in Manitoba

    Charlotte van de Vorst (Author)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with Manitoba farm men and women, Making Ends Meet reconstructs the common history shared by modern farm women as well as by their mothers and grandmothers. It explores women’s changing roles on the farm, from the early days of the Red River settlement to the twentieth-century farm community.

    Published December 2002 | Agriculture & Food, Gender Studies, History, Labour Studies, Women’s Studies

  • In Her Own Voice

    Childbirth Stories from Mennonite Women

    Katherine Martens (Author)

    Winnipeg writer Katherine Martens interviewed 26 women from the Mennonite community in southern Manitoba, ranging in age from 22 to 88 years old. In the privacy of their kitchens and parlours, over sociable cups of tea, they share with Martens their private fears and joys about what was often seen as a rite of passage into responsible adulthood, and they recalled that childbirth could be a difficult and, at times, traumatic event, but it could also be a radiant and spiritual experience.

    Published May 1997 | Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Mennonite Studies, Women’s Studies

  • Writings by Western Icelandic Women

    Kirsten Wolf (Translator)

    This collection of short stories and poems spans 75 years of writings. It includes translated work by little-known authors such as Undina, “a modest poet,” as well as works in English by prominent writers such as Laura Goodman Salverson, twice a winner of the Governor-General’s Award. From the hopefulness of the early immigration in the 1870s to the conflict of assimilation in the 1950s, the pieces reflect a range of experiences common to immigrant women from many cultures.

    Published January 1997 | Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, Icelandic Studies, Literature, Translation, Women’s Studies

  • Women of the First Nations

    Power, Wisdom, and Strength

    Christine Miller (Editor), Patricia Chuchryk (Editor)

    Women of the First Nations examines various aspects of Aboriginal women’s lives from a variety of theoretical and personal perspectives. The authors discuss standard media representations, as well as historical and current realities. They bring new perspectives to discussions on Aboriginal art, literature, historical, and cultural contributions, and they offer diverse viewpoints on present economic, environmental, and political issues. This collection counters the marginalization and silencing of First Nations women’s voices and reflects the power, strength, and wisdom inherent in their lives.

    Published August 1996 | Critical Studies in Native History, Gender Studies, Identity Studies, Indigenous Studies, Women’s Studies

  • Wild Mother Dancing

    Maternal Narrative in Canadian Literature

    Di Brandt (Author)

    Wild Mother Dancing challenges the historical absence of the mother, who, as subject and character, has been repeatedly suppressed and edited out of the literary canon. In her search for sources for telling the new (or old, forbidden story) against a tradition of narrative absence, Brandt turns to Canadian fiction representing a varety of cultural traditions — Margaret Laurence, Daphne Marlatt, Jovette Marchessault, Joy Kogawa, Sky Lee — and a collection of oral interviews about childbirth told by Mennonite women.

    Published September 1993 | Gender Studies, Literary Criticism, Mennonite Studies, Oral History & Storytelling, Women’s Studies

  • The Iron Rose

    The Extraordinary Life of Charlotte Ross, MD

    (Author)

    Charlotte Ross (1843-1916) belonged to the first generation of women to practice medicine in Canada and was Manitoba’s first qualified woman doctor.

    Published January 1992 | Gender Studies, History, Medical History, Women’s Studies

  • Tell the Driver

    A Biography of Elinor F.E. Black, MD

    Julie Vandervoort (Author)

    A biography of Dr. Elinor Black (1905-1982), the first Canadian woman to gain membership in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London.

    Published January 1992 | Biography, Gender Studies, History, Medical History, Women’s Studies

  • Living the Changes

    Joan Turner (Editor)

    Explores the nature and extent of women’s changing realities.

    Published December 1990 | Gender Studies, Women’s Studies