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Senate Subcommittee on Women

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The Senate Subcommittee on Women (SSCOW) makes recommendations to the Joint Senate Board Committee on Equity (JSBCE) on the following topics:

1) Advocacy of Women’s Rights and Promotion of Women

  • Providing positive action regarding the employment and promotion of women at McGill University
  • Promoting equity for women in salary and pension issues
  • Monitoring representation of women on University committees and in administrative positions
  • Monitoring policy and practices affecting women
  • Providing advocacy for the problems of obtaining research funding - Supporting research and teaching on women

2) Initiation and Consolidation of Women’s Activities

Will collaborate with the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF) when there are issues of mutual interest. As well, SSCOW will continue to offer its own advice about and support to the activities of women students and all staff. 

3) Liaison and Networking for Women

  • Assisting in the sponsorship of conferences on issues pertinent to women in academic and workplace contexts
  • Facilitating contact with other women’s groups at the University as well as regional and national organizations


The SSCOW has about 20 active members drawn from faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni. Many members are appointed by the Deans of their Faculty, but everyone is welcome to attend the monthly, hour-long meetings and work with the Subcommittee. Agendas and minutes from the meetings are circulated to all those interested in receiving them.

In the Works

  • Monitoring and following-up on reports on academic salaries; employment equity policies; and the sexual harassment, harassment, and discrimination policy
  • Updating the SSCOW website to ensure its relevance and currency
  • Documenting the evolution of the McGill University "Committee on Women" in a "herStory" project
  • Submission to and engagement with the Principal's Task Force on Diversity, Excellence and Community Engagement
  • Collaborations with the other Equity Subcommittees and with SEDE on issues of mutual interest
  • Developing reduced work options and other mechanisms that will accommodate the needs of all faculty, staff, and students

Recent Successes and Past Activities

  • Worked on updating and revising the Sexual Harassment, Harassment and Discrimination policy
  • Completion and presentation to Senate of the first Employment Equity Report, the "Cullen" Report
  • Supported SACCOMS in its search for permanent space
  • Collaborated with PGSS and others in initiating the development of a Student-Parent workshop
  • Contributed to the 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the École Polytechnique Massacre

Annual Report

2012-2013 Subcommittee on Women Annual Report to the Joint Senate-Board Committee on Equity [.pdf]

2008-2009 Subcommittee on Women Annual Report to the Joint Senate-Board Committee on Equity [.pdf]



International Women's Day 

SSCOW logo 2Tuesday, March 8, is International Women's Day. It is a day for celebrating a range of economic, cultural, social, and political achievements of women but also a time to consider what still needs to be done to advance women's rights. And there IS much that still needs doing -- both locally and internationally. This is especially the situation this year when so many essential women's groups and programs have been defunded by governments and when advocacy is increasingly silenced. Please join us, and other members of the McGill community, as we honour women everywhere and work together to protect and promote women's rights, equity, and social justice around the world.