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Women and Gender in 20th Century Canada

Image of a newspaper article from 1970 titled "Beauty Queen or Human Being?" featuring a photo of a woman.

This course explores the diverse experiences of women in Canada, as well as how the social construction of gender shaped Canadian history. It will challenge the idea of a homogeneous “women’s history,” and examine how women’s experiences varied by class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and other kinds of difference. Course content will advance roughly chronologically, exploring major themes in 20th-century women’s and gender history through three interrelated units: (1) Gender, Race, and Nation-Building; (2) Gender Trouble: Institutions through the Middle of the 20th Century; (3) The Personal and the Political: Feminism and Change in the Post-WWII World.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.