Current Chair of Committee
Prof Susan Gaskin
This website has been established by members of the McGill Senate Subcommittee on Women as a resource site for women at McGill, both new arrivals and established faculty, staff and students.
SSCOW Information leaflet can be read or downloaded from here.
News, upcoming events, and announcements
- Canada - Best and Worst Places to Be a Woman: Ranking the Gender Gap in Canada's Biggest Cities
This annual study (released October 13, 2016) provides a snapshot of the gaps in men and women’s access to economic security, personal security, education, health, and positions of leadership in Canada’s largest 25 metropolitan areas. It measures these gaps in a given community in order to capture inequalities that can be attributed, at least in part, to discrimination based on gender; it also serves as a reminder that, with the right choices and policies, these gaps can be closed. According to this year's ranking, Victoria is the best city to be a woman (for the second year in a row), while big gaps in employment and high poverty rates for women put Windsor in last place. Click here to read the full 78 page report from 2016.
- Draft Policy against Sexual Violence
The Provost is inviting feedback concerning the draft Policy against Sexual Violence. Please have your voice heard! Click here to offer your feedback on the draft.
- Family Care Co-ordinator
A wonderful new resource at McGill – a Family Care Co-ordinator! Located within SEDE (Social Equity and Diversity Education Office). More information click here
And check out their activities and news on the Family Care Facebook page
- New McGill Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention website.
The new Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention website is a non-directional resource for anyone who requires it, including survivors of sexual assault and their allies. Resources on the site include how to support someone affected, how to report an incident, assistance in navigating McGill’s policies, and a list of support services offered at McGill and in Montreal.
- CANADA – WOMEN’S WORK: WHAT’S IT WORTH TO YOU?
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – CCPA
Women have always worked. What has changed over the past 40 years is that more and more women are being paid for their work. What hasn’t changed is that women continue to do more unpaid work in the home than men do—twice as much work, actually… Please read more here.
- Why it's crucial to get more women into science (Marguerite Del Giudice, National Geographic, Nov 7, 2014)
- Excerpt: "Women now make up half the national workforce, earn more college and graduate degrees than men, and by some estimates represent the largest single economic force in the world. Yet the gender gap in science persists, to a greater degree than in other professions, particularly in high-end, math-intensive fields such as computer science and engineering."
- Let me fix that for you, New York Times (Red Ink, Nov 2, 2014)
- Excerpt: "Yesterday, the New York Times dropped an opinion piece by Cornell researchers Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci, making the bold claim that Academic Science Isn’t Sexist (<– that IS the title of the post, Gentle Readers). As one may well imagine, several excellent analyses went up almost immediately. The opinion piece is effectively an advertisement for this paper, which at 67 pages, few of us will read in its entirety, much less comprehend. On reading the NYT post, we were struck by some creative statistical analysis and sleight-of-hand with regard to cause-and-effect."
- The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood’s Exclusion of Women (Apr 1, 2014)
- Excerpt: "Using Bechdel test data, we analyzed 1,615 films released from 1990 to 2013 to examine the relationship between the prominence of women in a film and that film’s budget and gross profits."
- This bibliography is designed to be a quick reference of abstracts for anyone wanting to find ways to improve women’s career paths within their company or organisation. There are 117 referenced items organised into seven topic areas. It starts with the two or three articles, action plans or reports found to be of most use, and the remainder on that topic are listed in order of publication. Some articles cover more than one topic. Where that is the case, the entry is referenced under each relevant topic.
- UBC gives all female tenure-stream faculty a 2 per cent raise (The Globe and Mail, Feb 2 2013)
"I will not be lectured by sexism and misogyny by this man. Not now, not ever."
The first women students at McGill were nicknamed the ‘Donaldas’, in recognition of the businessman Donald Smith, Lord Strathcona, whose financial generosity made it possible, in 1884, to overcome the resistance of McGill administrators. In 1898, Lord Strathcona again contributed to the promotion of education for women. He was also the main donor for Royal Victoria College, which was at once a residence, a teaching institution and an intellectual centre for women at the university. [Thanks to McCord Museum for permission to reprint this photo]
For more on the mandate of SSCOW see ‘Senate Subcommittee on Women’