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#BalanceforBetter: Our Top Titles for International Women’s Day

This International Women’s Day, who will you celebrate? From radical housewives to the future of work, from violence to trafficking to politics and law, this week we’re highlighting top titles that celebrate women’s achievements, participate in a larger conversation, and reflect diverse and global voices.

On March 8, we’re joining groups worldwide in the call for a more gender-balanced world.

Let’s turn the page.


Disrupting Breast Cancer Narratives: Stories of Rage and Repair

Resisting the optimism of pink ribbon culture, these stories use anger as a starting place to reframe cancer as a collective rather than an individual problem. Emilia Nielsen looks at documentaries, television, and social media, arguing that personal narratives have the power to shift public discourse.

Female Doctors in Canada: Experience and Culture

The face of medicine is changing. Though women increasingly dominate the profession, they still must navigate a system that has been designed for and by men. Looking at education, health systems, and expectations, this important new collection from experienced physicians and researchers opens a much-needed conversation.

Wrapping Authority: Women Islamic Leaders in a Sufi Movement in Dakar, Senegal

Since around 2000, a growing number of women in Dakar have come to act openly as spiritual leaders for both men and women. Learn how, rather than contesting conventional roles, these women are making them integral parts of their leadership. These female leaders present spiritual guidance as a form of nurturing motherhood, yet like Sufi mystical discourse, their self-presentations are profoundly ambiguous.

Women and Gendered Violence in Canada: An Intersectional Approach

A significant expansion on the conversation on gendered violence, this new book from Chris Bruckert and Tuulia Law draws on a range of theoretical traditions emerging from feminism, criminology, and sociology. Find compelling first-person narratives, suggested activities, and discussions on everything from campus violence to online violence to victim blaming.

The Talent Revolution: Longevity and the Future of Work

This book is a first. Two women from different generations debunk commonly held myths about older workers, showing how the future of work requires engaging employees across all life stages. Work-life longevity is the most influential driver transforming today’s workplace – learn how to make it a competitive advantage.

Indigenous Women’s Writing and the Cultural Study of Law

How do Indigenous women recuperate their relationships to themselves, the land, the community, and the settler-nation? Through a close analysis of major texts written in the post-civil rights period, Cheryl Suzack sheds light on how these writers use storytelling to engage in activism.

Responding to Human Trafficking: Dispossession, Colonial Violence, and Resistance among Indigenous and Racialized Women

In the first book to critically examine responses to the growing issue of human trafficking in Canada, Julie Kay reveals how some anti-trafficking measures create additional harms for the very individuals they’re trying to protect – particularly migrant and Indigenous women. An important new framework for the critical analysis of rights-based and anti-violence interventions.

Becoming Strong: Impoverished Women and the Struggle to Overcome Violence

What role can trauma play in shaping homeless women’s lives? Drawing on more than 150 in-depth interviews, Laura Huey and Ryan Broll explore the diverse effects of trauma in the lives of homeless female victims of violence. This essential read offers not only a comprehensive examination of trauma, but also explores how women may recover and develop strategies for coping with traumatic experiences.

Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship, and Revolution

Two young girls in Cairo strike up an unlikely friendship that crosses class, cultural, and religious divides. The first in a new series, Lissa brings anthropological research comes to life in comic form, combining scholarly insights and rich storytelling to foster greater understanding of global politics, inequalities, and solidarity.

Ms. Prime Minister: Gender, Media, and Leadership

News about female leaders gives undue attention to their gender identities, bodies, and family lives – but some media accounts also expose sexism and authenticate women’s performances of leadership. Offering both solace and words of caution for women politicians, Linda Trimble provides important insight into the news frameworks that work to deny or confer political legitimacy.

A New History of Iberian Feminisms

Both a chronological history and an analytical discussion of feminist thought from the eighteenth century onward, this history of the Iberian Peninsula addresses lost texts of feminist thought, and reveals the struggles of women to achieve full citizenship. Learn what helped launch a new feminist wave in the second half of the century.

Radical Housewives: Price Wars and Food Politics in Mid-Twentieth-Century Canada

This history of Canada’s Housewives Consumers Association recovers a history of women’s social justice activism in an era often considered dormant – and reinterprets the view of postwar Canada as economically prosperous. Discover how these radical activists fought to protect consumers’ interests in the postwar years.


Want to keep learning? Visit International Women’s Day for more details about this year’s #BalanceforBetter Campaign.

Girl Groups: Suggested Listening for International Women’s Day

internationalwomensdayThe theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was “Make It Happen.” The theme encourages the celebration of women’s achievements and calls for greater equality amongst the genders. In recent weeks, calls for greater equality have been in the forefront of pop culture. The Grammys aired a video of President Obama speaking about violence against women and Brooke Axtell, an anti-violence activist, spoke honestly about her experience as a survivor of domestic abuse. At the Oscars a couple of weeks later, Patricia Arquette made reference to gender inequality in America when she said, “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.” These public displays have gathered both support and criticism but more importantly, they have increased the dialogue around issues of gender inequality.

Our blog post today does not centre on what women can achieve but instead on what women have achieved in popular culture. For your listening pleasure, below is a playlist taken out of the Higher Education Division’s newest publication, Rock’n America: A Social and Cultural History by Deena Weinstein. The playlist features notable songs by girl groups of the 1960s:

Suggested Listening: Girl Groups

1) The Chantels, “Maybe” (1958)
2) Rosie and the Originals, “Angel Baby” (1960)
3) The Shirelles, “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (1960)
4) The Marvelettes, “Please Mr. Postman” (1961)
5) The Shirelles, “Dedicated to the One I Love” (a hit in 1959 and when re-released in 1961)
6) The Crystals, “Da Doo Ron Ron” (1963)
7) The Chiffons, “He’s So Fine” (1963)
8) The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back” (1963)
9) The Ronettes, “Be My Baby” (1963)
10) The Shangri-Las, “Leader of the Pack” (1964)

To download all of the playlists from Rock’n America, visit our blog post from last month.

Thinking About International Women’s Day

Posted by Tracey Arndt, Acquisitions Editor for Women and Gender Studies in UTP’s Higher Education Division.

As of Wednesday morning, over 1,500 events celebrating International Women’s Day were officially linked with the IWD website, 75% of those events taking place in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Belize, and Australia. While surely many more events are taking place worldwide, with varying degrees of formal organization, 1,500 is a very small number for a day meant to draw attention to some complex issues and very grand goals.

International Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early twentieth century in many countries, but in 1975, the United Nations established March 8 as the universal day, citing two primary purposes behind it:

  • To recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality, and development of women, and
  • To acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security.

Each year, the UN suggests a theme for IWD events (in 2012 it is “Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty”) and marks it with a message from the Secretary General.

I applaud the aims of the day and every year it reminds me that I don’t pay enough attention to the status, rights, fights, and futures of women in my community, in this country, or globally. I’m reminded that the “status of women” means the status of me, but I’m stalled when it comes to taking action beyond this recognition. Where do I start? How do I join the conversation? Is the conversation even happening?

Of course it’s happening. Sometimes the debates are front page news and sometimes we have to search harder for them. Sometimes events like International Women’s Day or GOP political races draw attention to them and sometimes peace and quiet leads us to mistakenly believe that rights gained can never be taken away.

So, this International Women’s Day, I invite you to seek out the conversation. To get you started, a few links to recent news items follow below. Of course, I would be remiss not to share a link to UTP’s Gender Studies list or let you know that UTP Higher Education is actively acquiring course books in Women and Gender Studies. Please email me with editorial inquiries.

Some links:

International Women’s Day: We need a women’s rights reawakening (The Toronto Star)

EU eyes forced quotas for women on corporate boards (The Globe and Mail)

International Women’s Day: Why fight for equal rights is still relevant today (Metro, UK)

The best and worst places in the world to be a woman (Belfast Telegraph)

Dreaming of gender equality (Straight Goods News, Canada)

Rwanda: Month-Long Campaign to Promote Women’s Emancipation (allAfrica)

Violence Against Women

In recognition of International Women’s Day, UTP asked award-winning author Walter S. DeKeseredy to contribute the following words on his recent book, Violence Against Women: Myths, Facts, Controversies.

The 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day is a time for celebration. Still, as we reflect on our sisters’ many past and present achievements, we must never forget that violence against women continues to be a widespread social problem. For example, at least 60 women are killed each year in Canada by their current or former male partners and every six days a woman in this country dies from domestic violence. Each year, nearly 25 percent of Canadian female post-secondary school students experience some type of sexual assault and at least 11 percent of women in marital/cohabiting relationships are physically assaulted by their male partners. Sadly, while male-to-female violence is endemic, resources aimed at reducing this harm are consistently being cut. Note, too, that an enormous audience exists for people who minimize the alarming rates of woman abuse in private and public places and who erroneously assert that women are as violent as men.

My new book, Violence Against Women: Myths, Facts, Controversies, directly responds to claims that violence against women is a relatively minor problem and that intimate violence is gender-neutral. It also challenges the assertion that most men who abuse their current or former female partners are “sick” or mentally ill. If only a handful of men in Canada hit, beat, raped, and killed women, it would be easy to accept non-sociological accounts of their behaviour. However, as I point out, given that male-to-female violence is deeply entrenched in our society, it is essential to examine the broader structural, cultural, and political forces that allow for so many women to be victimized. Indeed, Canada would be much healthier if all of its citizens acknowledged that violence against women is a serious problem, and one that affects us all.