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Senate Subcommittee on Women

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Current Co-Chairs of Committee

Prof Sarah Turner

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.

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- 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."

- 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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