Fonds 11.002 - Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women

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Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women

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CA UWA 11.002

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  • 1971 - 1999 (Creation)
    Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women

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1.56 m of textual records and other material
Includes 276 photographs, 17 audio cassettes, 7 audio reels

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(1967 - 2000)

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The Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women (MACSW) was formed by a group of women who had participated in the preparation of a comprehensive brief to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in 1967. The Manitoba Volunteer Committee, formed in 1967, then went on to hold its first public meeting in 1970, adopt its constitution in 1973, and build up a membership of over 400 women by 1981. Until its demise in 2000, MACSW was the only feminist lobby group in Manitoba.MACSW was run by the membership and a Provincial Coordinating Committee (composed of members and staff) which met at least three times annually in various parts of the province. This made the workings of the Provincial organization more accessible for women throughout the province. Feminist process was used in all meetings and decisions were made by consensus. During the 80s and 90s, there were four MACSW branches: one in each of Brandon, Winnipeg, Dauphin (Parkland Status of Women) and Thompson (Thompson Action Committee on the Status of Women). There were individual members in all areas of Manitoba, and for a few years in the 90s a Rural Coordinator networked with individual members outside of the four branch locations and helped coordinate provincial activities.

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The records were kept by the University of Winnipeg’s Department of Women & Gender Studies after MACSW dissolved in 2000, and donated by them to the University of Winnipeg Archives in 2011.

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Fonds consists of records gathered or generated by the Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women. The records fall into two broad categories: the first being printed media, information resources, publications, and correspondence collected from the political activities and topics in which MACSW was involved; the second being the minutes, reports, and other documents produced by MACSW itself. The records reflect MACSW’s campaign of activism on a range of related topics, both locally in Manitoba and internationally: feminism, domestic violence, sexual harassment, reproductive rights, poverty, homelessness, children’s welfare, indigenous rights, and social services. The fonds also includes issues of the newsletter Action, published by MACSW from 1978-1999.

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The materials in the fonds are arranged into five series: Events; Research files; Advocacy; Administration, minutes, and resources; and Action.

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Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women, CA MCK 16-2003, S.J. McKee Archives, Brandon University

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