Fonds 16-2003 - 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 MCK 16-2003

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  • 1972-1996, predominant 1979-1992 (Creation)

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2.7 m. textual records

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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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Fonds remained in the possession of the organization until donation to the S.J. McKee Archives in 2003.

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Fonds contains minutes of governing bodies (local and provincial) from 1979-1992, correspondence files of the Brandon MACSW, scrapbooks of the Brandon Action Committee (1972-1992), Action Newsletters (1979-1999), records of AGM (1982-1990), and extensive miscellaneous files dealing with activities, workshops and research concerns of the Brandon local of the Manitoba Action Committee of the Status of Women. These include files dealing with violence against women, rural women, northern women, child abuse, social policy, sexual orientation feminism, poverty, prostitution, pay equity, and racism, among others.

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  • English

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