Herstory Cafe


Women’s Review Order. Photo courtesy of Sheldon Boles.


Guest Speaker: Bonnie Reilly Schmidt

Wednesday April 16, 2014
7:00pm – 8:30pm

Simon Fraser University-Vancouver (Harbour Centre)
515 West Hastings Street
Room 7000 (Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room)
*note: upon entrance into the building from Hastings Street, turn right after the library entrance, follow signs to the elevators, and go to the 7th floor*
free admission, drop-in only and seating is limited

This presentation will explore how the shoes that were issued by the RCMP to the first female Mounties in 1974 not only reinforced gendered meanings about women’s role as police officers, but served to maintain masculinity as the dominant image of the police force.

About the talk:
Bonnie Reilly Schmidt served as a police officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police between 1977 and 1987. She returned to post-secondary education later in life, earning a BA degree in 2004 and a MA degree in 2006 for her work on the nineteenth-century English suffrage movement.

As a Ph.D. candidate, Bonnie made the switch from English to Canadian history specifically to study the history of women in the RCMP for which she was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral scholarship. Her dissertation titled, “Women in Red Serge: Female Police Bodies and the Disruption of the Image of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police,” was completed in October 2013.

Bonnie has spoken at a number of academic conferences since 2005. She also has a number of publications to her credit, including articles for the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association and the RCMP Quarterly. In 2012, she was nominated for a Gold Award for Best Article (BC/Yukon) for the Western Magazine Awards. The nomination was for an article she wrote for Canada’s History magazine about the history of women in the RCMP.
In recent years, Bonnie has also given a number of media interviews about women in the police force, including for Maclean’s and the Canadian Press. In addition to being interviewed for a CBC Radio documentary titled, “First Ladies of the RCMP” which originally aired on The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti in 2011, she also served as an advisor for the program which won the Dave Rogers Award for Long Feature, Network Radio from the Radio Television Digital News Association (Canada) in 2012.

Herstory VPL trades poster final



Former Ruth Wynn Woodward Chair,
Kate Braid will be one of the panelists at the next Herstory Cafe:

Rosie the Riveter Revisited

A Modern History of Women in the Trades

Friday February 21, 2014
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Vancouver Public Library Central
350 West Georgia St.
Alma Vandusen Room, lower level

Free admission and seating is limited

For more details please visit:  herstorycafe.ca


November 21, 2013

'Stuck in the middle with you': The story of India's transgendered Hijra community - Dr. Bidisha Ray

7 pm
Room 1425, Harbour Centre (SFU Vancouver)
515 West Hastings Street

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September 12, 2013

Presenting are Daphne Marlatt, Carole Itter and James Johnstone

City of Vancouver Archives 
1150 Chestnut Street (Vanier Park)

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March 9-10, 2013

Join us for two events marking E. Pauline Johnson/Tekahionwake's 100th anniversary of her death in Vancouver in 1913, Pauline Johnson's birthday and International Women's Day/Week 2013.

Event #1 - the Inspiration of Pauline Johnson

Saturday March 9th at 7:00pm
Rhizome Cafe at 317 E Broadway
Free admission, open to the public, space is limited.

Event #2 - Poetry in the Park for Pauline

Sunday March 10th at 1:00pm (Daylight Savings Time)
Stanley Park, at Johnson's memorial monument at Ferguson Point
 Free admission, open to the public, space is limited.

For more information, click here
or contact Jolene Cumming at 604 873 1866 or jolene@herstorycafe.ca

Co sponsors:  Stanley Park Ecology Society, Department of Gender, Sexuality & women's Studies (SFU), and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality & Social Justice (UBC).

October 11, 2012

Herstory Cafe is back at City Hall with a special Women’s History Month event!
“Women and Co-Operatives: A Vancouver Historical Perspective”

Join the Herstory Cafe, Councillor Andrea Reimer, the Women’s Advisory Committee and special guest speakers to celebrate Women’s History Month and the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives.

Where: Vancouver City Hall
3rd Floor, Council Chambers (enter on 12th Ave)
453 West 12th Ave (at Cambie St.)

Women’s History Month
Thursday October 11, 2012

The event is free and open to the public
Light refreshments & seating is limited

Guest speakers include:
Vancouver Co-Op Radio: speaker Nicole Deagan, Director of Member Services at Vancouver Co-op Radio.

The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF): speaker Ellen Woodsworth, former City Councillor and an activist for social justice, economic equality and environmental sustainability. Her great uncle J.S. Woodsworth was a founder and first leader of the CCF.

CCEC Credit Union: speaker Melanie Conn is a feminist activist who has been involved in co-ops and community economic development for many years in Vancouver. She currently assists new co-ops in their development through Devco and is also the marketing manager for Common Thread.
Vancouver Women’s Health Collective: speaker Jesi Lamb, VWHC member and a third-year UBC biology student, whose goal is to enter medical school and someday serve women and families as a physician.

SFU Co-operative Family: speaker Pat Frouws is the Executive Director of SFU Childcare Society located at the SFU Burnaby Campus.

Women and Housing: speaker Christine O'Fallon is currently a researcher on a national project analysing homelessness policy. Her MA research is on women living in poverty in Vancouver. She is a co-op housing resident and advocate for housing co-ops.

September 20, 2012

Bella Bell-Irving and Social Power
in an Upper Class Vancouver Family

An illustrated talk by
Robert A.J. McDonald, Department of History, UBC

This illustrated talk will explore the role that class and gender played in shaping social power in an upper class family in Vancouver, British Columbia, from the 1880s to the 1930s.

Guest Speaker: Robert McDonald has taught British Columbia history at UBC since 1978 and is currently writing a book on British Columbia's political culture for the first century after BC entered Confederation. He has published a book on the social history of early Vancouver called Making Vancouver and served as editor of the journal BC Studies for seven years.

Thursday, September 20, 2012
7:00pm - 8:30pm.
Free admission. Drop in only. Limited seating.

City of Vancouver Archives
at 1150 Chestnut Street (Vanier Park)