Nov 112013
Schedule and Location: Tuesday, May 27 3:30pm-5:00pm Vallee-399

Primary Session Category: Feminist Studies
Session Code: Fem3
Session Format: Regular (Presentations and Discussion)

Session Description: Contemporary Canadian feminism has had an ambivalent relationship to hierarchy and leadership. That said, it cannot be denied that feminism has had its leaders, and has relied upon them to articulate movement aims and be the spokespersons for people who are trying to create change. Their legacies have also been important to movement adherents. This panel attempts to complicate and think through feminism’s ambivalent relationship to its leaders by looking at how they are represented by the media and utilized by the grassroots. Leaders’ lives become the lens through which movements commemorate their successes and make sense of their failures. We invite those working in the areas of politics, culture, and social movements, among others, to present papers focusing on prominent feminist figures in law, health, electoral politics, environment etc. to understand the implications of this ambivalence for movement histories, goals, and trajectories.   Panelists are encouraged to speculate on how these individuals come to represent eras or possibilities of feminist social change.

Session Organizer:
Judith Taylor, University of Toronto, Sociology,



1.     Jaime Nikolaou  

Commemorating Morgentaler? Reflections on Movement Efficacy, 25 Years Later

2.     Elise Maiolino   

 A Feminist Politician? The First Female and Lesbian Premier of Ontario

3.     Judith Taylor  

June Callwood: Thinking through the Sociology of Political Imperfection and Disavowal of Movement Leaders

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