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Senate Subcommittee on Women

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Current Co-Chairs of Committee

Prof Sarah Turner

Prof Susan Gaskin (on sabbatical 2013-14).


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

- Harassment in Science, Replicated (Christie Aschwanden, New York Times, Aug 11, 2014)

  • Excerpt: "Almost two-thirds of the respondents said they had been sexually harassed in the field. More than 20 percent reported being sexually assaulted. Students or postdoctoral scholars, and women were most likely to report being victimized by superiors. Very few respondents said their field site had a code of conduct or sexual harassment policy, and of the 78 who had dared to report incidents, fewer than 20 percent were satisfied with the outcome."

- Inspring action: action plans and research to help you attract and retain talented women

  • 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.

- Mind the Gap: How One Employer Tackled Pay Equity - McGill University Spent 13 Years and $19 Million to End Disparities Between Genders

- UBC gives all female tenure-stream faculty a 2 per cent raise (The Globe and Mail, Feb 2 2013)

- Photo campaign: feminist presence at Mcgill Faculty of Law. Plural and intersectional feminism!

- Ex-Australiam PM Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech has been turned into a song

     "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

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