King's is celebrating Women's History Month by highlighting the efforts of women in the King's community who challenge and strive for change. 

International Woman's Day was on March 8. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was “Choose to Challenge.”

"A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge."


Content From the Experts

Our King's faculty have extensive knowledge and experience writing on women's history. Below are some books, essays, articles and podcasts to consider.

A Nation of Immigrants: Women, Workers, and Communities in Canadian History, 1840s- 1960s - Edited by Franca Iacovetta, Paula Draper, Robert Ventresca.

Dr. Robert Ventresca, Professor of History

This is an edited collection that brings together some of the most highly regarded and impactful essays in Canadian History. Dr. Ventresca was pleased to learn that the book was included in the Canada 150 Collection, which was organized by the University of Toronto Press to recognize Canada’s sesquicentennial. The Canada 150 Collection features what the University of Toronto Press describes as “a special selection of outstanding books published over the years that bear witness to the depth and breadth of the nation’s history and the diversity of its people.”

A Nation of Immigrants includes several important essays detailing the lives of immigrant women who, in one way or another, made a profound impact on their respective communities and on the country as a whole. Here is a link to the table of contents.
Women, Gender, and Transnational Lives: Italian Workers of the world by Donna R Gabaccia and Franca Iacovetta 

Co-authored by Dr. Robert Ventresca, Professor of History.

This book is a transnational analysis of women and gender in Italy’s world-wide migration. This book challenged the stereotype of Italian Immigrant women being silent and submissive and by using the international and internationalist perspectives, feminist labour history, women’s history, and Italian migration history to provide a women-centred, gendered analysis of Italian workers.
Making the Best of It: Women and girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the second world war - by Sarah Glassford and Amy J. Shaw. 

Contributed chapter by Dr. Graham Board, Associate Professor, Department of History. (Chapter 6- Shopping to win the War: Female Consumers and Canada’s Home Front.)

Ground-breaking collection of essays that examines the ways in which gender and other identities intersected to shape the experiences of female Canadians and Newfoundlanders during the war.
A Small Price to Pay - Dr. Graham Broad, Associate Professor of History. 

Examines how female consumers on the home front navigated the tensions between having more money than ever to spend and patriotic pressure to save for the war effort.

The Forever Protest: Why the perpetual fight for change is not futile (podcast)

Dr. Stephanie Bangarth, Associate Professor of History. 

Some protests hit with lightning speed and bring quick change in dramatic ways. But often the push for change takes much longer — decades, even generations. The change comes not from dramatic events but from a slow transformation of people, of culture, and society itself. IDEAS contributor Guy Dixon looks at the perpetual protest.
What Has Human Rights Discourse Meant for Canadian Immigration and Refugee Policy? 

Dr. Stephanie Bangarth, Associate Professor of History.

The “refugee experience” has never been a consistent one in Canada. Current immigration laws and policies are critiqued by many human rights activists and scholars who affirm that while many groups have been welcomed and have successfully integrated into Canadian society, others are still sent back to their home countries to face persecution or death. Others have experienced discrimination and a rather difficult, if not unsuccessful, process of integration once they have been admitted to Canada.

Canada has offered protection to over 700,000 refugees since the end of the Second World War. Political refugees, refugees of diverse sexual orientations, and others fleeing persecution and fearing for their lives have found their way to Canada in the search for “sanctuary.” However, the central paradox of asylum concerns the following question: What right does a non-citizen have to enter a foreign country without permission? Canada’s history on refugee reception provides a complicated answer. Some of my research and teaching explores the ways in which concerned citizens approached the state to argue for humane, more open, and fair reform to discriminatory and selective immigration policy using the language of human rights.

Listen to the CBC podcast here.
London Heritage Council - Heritage Fair 2021: Culture Shock! The Impact of Pandemics | Facebook

How have past pandemics impacted culture and society? Watch Culture Shock! The Impact of Pandemics, an online panel of local historians, medical professionals and cultural experts discussing how previous pandemics, such as the 1918 influenza pandemic, shaped culture and how the current pandemic is spurring change. Dr. Anisha Datta, Professor of Sociology was a panelist for this discussion.

Book Recommendations 

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Based on the Book of Genesis, Dinah, Jacob's only daughter, shares her perspectives on the origins of many of our modern religious practices.
We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib. A queer Muslim searches for the language to express her truest self, making peace with her sexuality, her family, and Islam.
The Birth House by Ami McKay is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to have control of their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.
Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro. Chronicle of a young girl growing up in rural Ontario in the 1940's.
Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel. Set in Israel, 1970s. Lily, a young emigrant student exploring the wonders and terrors of her new land, finds the man of her dreams – who has a terrible flaw.
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff. Zuboff tackles the social, political, personal, and technological meaning of "surveillance capitalism" as an unprecedented new market form.

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