Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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According to the online Canadian Encyclopedia, the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW) was established in 1973 by the federal government on the recommendation of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. It was dismantled on April 1, 1995.

CACSW advised the federal government and informed and educated the public about concerns pertinent to women. As an autonomous agency, CACSW reported to Parliament through the minister responsible for the status of women and retained the right to publish its views without ministerial consent. CACSW included three full-time members (a president and two vice presidents), fifteen regionally representative part-time members appointed for three-year terms, and an office staff of approximately thirty employees. It was a leading publisher of research on women, and its recommendations prompted legislative change concerning constitutional reform, pensions, parental benefits, taxation, health care, employment practices, sexual assault, violence against women, and human rights.


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Description created by Gillian Dunks in February 2017.




Lipkin, Mary Jane. The Canadian Encyclopedia. “Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women.” Canadian Heritage Department, 2013. (accessed February 11, 2017).

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