Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds: Women and the Search for Global Order, 1919-2019. will be held at Robertson Room, Lester B Pearson Building
Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds: Women and the Search for Global Order, 1919-2019.
The Historical Section is pleased to sponsor a two-day conference on the history of women and Canada’s international history on the theme, Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds: Women and the Search for Global Order, 1919-2019. Linking past and present, this symposium will explore how Canadian women have influenced Canada’s place in the world during the 20th century and beyond. Speakers will highlight the diverse ways in which Canadian women have shaped international relations, peacebuilding, security, humanitarian aid and development, as well as offering international historical perspectives on empowered women in diplomacy.
Registration for this conference and more information can be found at the event’s eventbrite page.
English Language Program.
(Link to the French Language Program to follow.)
Opening Remarks: 1:30 to 2 pm.
Session 1: Women as Foreign Policy Leaders – 2 to 3:30 pm.
Chair: Jillian Stirk.
Heather Smith (University of Northern British Columbia): Gender and Canadian Foreign Policy: Reflections on Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going.
Sylvia Bashevkin (University of Toronto): Women as Foreign Policy Leaders: Evaluating U.S. National Security and Feminist Politics since 1980.
Birgitta Niklasson (University of Gothenburg): Female Ambassadors Breaking New Ground: A Study of Swedish and American Ambassador Appointments 1970-2018.
Session 2: Breaking Barriers – 3:30 to 5 pm.
Chair: Deborah Chatsis.
David Webster (Bishop’s University): Life Stories, Wife Stories: Women Advisors on Economic Development.
Francine McKenzie (Western) and Steve Marti (Global Affairs Canada): Jean Cassselman Wadds and the Repatriation of the Constitution.
Amanda Ricci (McGill): Canadian Women and the United Nations’ Third World Conference on Women.
Friday, March 22, 2019.
Session 3: Making Policy – 9 to 10:15 am.
Chair: Adèle Dion.
Rt. Hon. Joe Clark: Flora MacDonald, Secretary of State for External Affairs.
Whitney Lackenbauer (Trent) and Caitlyn Baikie: One Arctic, One Future: Mary Simon, Inuit Leadership, and Circumpolar Affairs.
Laura Dawson (Wilson Centre): Negotiating Canada-US Free Trade: Pat Carney, Sylvia Ostry, and Simon Reisman.
Coffee Break – 10:15 to 10:30 am.
Session 4: Women in Peace and Security – 10:30 am to 12 pm.
Lorna R. McLean and Sharon Cook (University of Ottawa): How to Become Historically Invisible: Become a Leader in the Peace Movement! A Case Study of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1914-1919.
Susan Colbourne (Yale): The Voice of Women and the Road to the Limited Test Ban Treaty.
Victoria Tait (Carleton): Compromise and Contradiction: A History of the Canadian Women, Peace and Security Agenda.
Lunch – 12 to 1:30 pm.
Session 5: Women and Development – 1:30 to 2:45 pm.
Chair: Sandelle Scrimshaw.
Kim Girouard (Université de Montréal): Une Canadienne en terre d’opportunités : Dr. Jessie MacBean et l’oeuvre médicale missionnaire pour femmes en Chine du Sud, 1906-1935.
Jill Campbell-Miller (Carleton/St. Mary’s): ‘Except for a few of the boldest young women’: Canadian Women and Medical Education in India, 1940-1970.
Rebecca Tiessen (University of Ottawa): Canada’s Long-standing Commitments to Gender Equality: An Overview.
Session 6: Roundtable Discussion – 2:45 to 4 pm.
Chair: Senator Julie Miville-Dechêne.