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[International women's year newsletters and other materials]

File contains newsletters in French and English and other records related to International Women's Year (IWY), dated November 1974 to July 1975.

Vol. 1, no. 4, November 1974, includes information on funding, criteria for IWY projects, submission guidelines, types of funding available, and an overview of relevant government agencies along with their addresses.

Vol. 1, no. 5, December 1974, features a message from Marc Lalonde, the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, discussing the Canadian government's plan for the year including legislation, increasing awareness, and providing funding. This issue also includes information on international committees and conferences for IWY, resolutions by the National Council of Women, a Canadian National Railway study on the status of women within their company, a CBC task force on the status of women, the first Canadian Women's Chess Championship, information on Widows United, the Canadian Congress of Black Women's second annual congress, an advisory council on volunteerism, the appointment of the Chancellor of the University of Calgary, the National Council of Jewish Women's IWY organizing, a BC Federation of Women convention, the BC Police Commission Task Force on Women and the Police, and a list of publications and National Film Board films about women and IWY.

Vol. 2, no. 1, January-February 1975, includes information on international, national, and provincial IWY programs in Norway, France, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, UN and UNESCO conferences, corrections to the vol. 1, no. 4 issue of the newsletter, training grants, opportunities for youth, and news from across the country, such as women elected to the Yukon Territorial Government, surnames in Alberta, the "Women Today in Nova Scotia" conference, and a filmography and reading list.

Vol. 2, no. 2, February-March 1975, includes a message from the IWY Secretariat about responding to mail, and a press release issued by Marc Lalonde, the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women about federal government programs. The issue also contains information on international and provincial IWY programs, publications, and conferences in Japan, Cuba, New Brunswick, Alberta, Newfoundland, British Columbia, Ontario, and Québec, congratulations to the first woman principal of a public high school in Toronto, reports and programs from the Canadian Federation of University Women and the National Secretaries Association, a help wanted section, a filmography, and the Voice of Alberta Native Women's Society creating IWY jewellery.

Vol. 2, no. 3, April 1975, includes information on international IWY programs, publications, and conferences in Mexico, Chile, Australia, the Soviet Union, and India. Canadian programs include seminars across the country, some sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), an audio-visual kit produced by the Status of Women Study Group in Nanaimo, a public school course in Hamilton, a Fredericton Women's Centre event, a meeting of northern and Indigenous women in Yellowknife, a Redlight Theatre play about Nellie McClung, the opening of the Toronto Women's Bookstore, Status of Women Councils in Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick, and Québec, a Miles for Millions project entitled ""Canadian Women and the Third World,"" the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on the Female Offender, an IWY committee in Nova Scotia, and a Pioneer Women program in Montreal. Also included is an anniversary announcement, unions negotiating babysitting expenses and Father's Day Pay, total monthly costs for women's labour, Office of Native Employment consultant for Indigenous women seeking government work, seminars, meetings, and lectures in Ontario and Manitoba, "Interchange '75" seminars, film festivals, and recommended reading and music.

Vol. 2, no. 5, June-July 1975, includes excerpts from the Crossroads '75 conference in Québec on topics such as homemakers, women in business, legal and financial protection, rights of Indigenous women, creation of a Family Court system, gender ratio of teachers in schools, teaching materials including women's activism, prohibiting sex discrimination in schools, economic independence, pensions, preventing discrimination in insurance policies, recognizing housewives as workers, communications and representations of women, developing new policies at regulatory bodies such as the CRTC or CBC, preventative medicine including nutrition, internal health including venereal disease, cancer, and pregnancy, family planning including access to contraceptives and abortion, employment discrimination, benefits, and wages for domestic workers, standards for part-time work, organizing, politics, a recommended reading list and filmography, a congratulations section highlighting the accomplishments of Canadian women, a sex discrimination checklist published by CUPE, and list of conferences, courses, and seminars on topics such as women and the church, homemakers, urban planning, the Québec Human Rights Commission, and repealing laws against abortion.

File also contains correspondence from the IWY Secretariat to the AUCE, and from the Women's Office at UBC to the AUCE, informing them about events and programs.