Senate Subcommittee on Women


Current Co-Chairs of Committee

Professors Allison Gonsalves and Sarah Turner

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.

Facebook page:

SSCOW Information leaflet can be read or downloaded from here.

News, upcoming events, and announcements: 


McGill University’s Senate Subcommittee on Women denounces anti-Black racism and stands in solidarity with members of the Black community in Montreal and globally. We are deeply concerned, pained, and frustrated with the violence we see both in our own city and in recent events in Canada and the US. We understand that these events are not isolated and in Canada are situated in our country’s long history of violence against Black, Brown and Indigenous people.

We demand justice for all those whose lives have been tragically ended or harmed by recent encounters with the police in the US and Canada.

We stand with all Black and Indigenous members of our university community, and we will continue to strive to make our community one that is safe and respectful for all our members.

Black Lives Matter.

Black Women’s Lives Matter.

Black Disabled Lives Matter.

Black Queer and Trans Lives Matter.

ALL Black Lives Matter.



December 6th is The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women:

Please also see:

UN Women interactive ‘My story’:

VAW- Explore the facts: 

Orange the World- #HearMeToo 

On December 6th and the Polytechnique Massacre: 

- 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.


- 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


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.


- The leaky pipeline problem: why successful women aren't pursuing leadership roles in Canadian higher education (Dec 17, 2014)

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!

The first (and only) female Chair of the Biochemistry Department, Rose Mamelak Johnstone

- 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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