Women's Experiences

Teaching Women's Experiences

Posted March 8, 2020

From Canadian Women's Foundation

How can we normalize the experiences of women in our history classrooms?

Video inspired by:

Cutrara, Samantha. (March 11, 2019). "The Significance of Women in the Ontario History Curriculum: The Findings of an Undergrad." ActiveHistory.ca

Fine-Meyer, Rose. (March 12, 2019). "The “role of women” in Ontario school history narratives." ActiveHistory.ca

More information on International Women's Day:

"International Women's Day" on Wikipedia.

International Women's Day website

Teaching about women & women's work:

"Early Women’s Movements in Canada: 1867–1960" from The Canadian Encyclopedia.

"Women in the Labour Force" from The Canadian Encyclopedia.

"Women in the Workforce" from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Canada's Great Women from Canada's History.

36 More Great Women from Canada's History.

History of Canadian Women from Wikipedia.

True North: 12 Amazing Canadian Women from A Mighty Girl.

Belshaw, John Douglas. "Gender Roles." Canadian History: Pre-Confederation. Pressbooks.

Forestell, Nancy M. "Early Women’s Movement(s) in Canada." Canadian History: Post-Confederation. Pressbooks.

Wilkinson, Amanda. (2014, April 13). "So wives didn't work in the 'good old days'? Wrong." The Guardian.

Strong-Boag, Veronica. (1979). "The Girl of the New Day: Canadian Working Women in the 1920s." Labor / Work, Flight.4. Pgs 131-164.

Higgs, Edward. (1987). "Women, Occupations and Work in the Nineteenth Century Censuses." History Workshop Journal, 23(1). Pgs 59–80.

A list of archives with photographs on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/people/186996537@N07/contacts/

When we only understand history as being about

big names and dates,

we miss learning about experiences.

It is with a focus on experiences

where we can learn more about women in the past.

Other Videos of Interest

Other links of interest

Scott, Joan W. (2001). "Fantasy Echo: History and the Construction of Identity." Critical Inquiry, 27(2). Pgs 284-302.

Devine Thomas, Kelly. (2009). "Fantasy Echo: History and the Construction of Identity." Institute for Advanced Study.

Historical Thinking on historical significance:

Historical Thinking Project on Historical Significance

Grade 10 lesson plan on introducing Historical Significance written by Ronald Martinello

Establishing Historical Significance from Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 by Steve Schwinghamer

My critiques of Historical Thinking:

Cutrara, Samantha. (2018). "The Settler Grammar of Canadian History Curriculum; Or why the Historical Thinking approach will never be able to respond to the TRC’s Calls to Action." Canadian Journal of Education, 41(1), 250-275.

Cutrara, Samantha. (2009). "To Placate or Provoke: A critical review of the disciplines approach to history curriculum." Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum, 7(2), 88-109.