Women and Gender in North America

HIST 283/3.0

Group of women standing together with the front women holding a sign that says Women


This course explores the history of gender in Canada and the United States from 1880 to 2000, with an emphasis on women. It is organized both chronologically and thematically to understand how notions and practices of gender changed throughout time. Women’s historical experiences are positioned as central to this course that emphasizes the heterogeneity of the category of “women”. At the same time, this course underlines the importance of gender as a relational construct by investigating how binarized concepts of gender – namely masculinity and manhood/femininity and womanhood – developed across time, space, and place, and how non-binary identities expand our understanding of gender as construction, identity, and practice. In addition to gender, “other” crucial sites of analysis are examined: these include race, class, immigration and ethnicity, sexuality, and the body. Topics to be addressed include industrialization, class conflict, women’s suffrage, capitalism and mass consumer culture, war, peace, reconciliation, and decolonization.


Fall 2022
Course Dates
Delivery Mode


15% - Discussions (3)
10% - Primary Source Analysis
10% - Creative Poster Advertisement
15% - Short Research Paper
15% - Digital Exhibit Curation, Virtual Tour, & Reflection
35% - Take home Final Exam

*Evaluation Subject to Change*

Instructor Information

Dr. Laila Haidarali

Textbook and Materials

All required readings will be available through the library Course Reserves system (e-reserves). Each module will require the reading of several articles, essays, book chapters, or primary sources.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 9-10 hours a week in study and online activity for HIST 283.