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1.82 m of textual records and other material
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The series contains records related to the projects and lobbying activities undertaken by Vancouver Status of Women (VSW) in BC from the early 1970s to 2015. Significant projects completed during this period include the publication of Kinesis, which was released ten times a year from 1974-2001, the Single Mother’s Resource Guide, which was released every two years beginning in 1991, reports on a range of topics, and the production of anti-gender role stereotyping kits for daycare and preschool workers. In addition, VSW offered a range of services to women, including research assistance, information gathering and dissemination, a library, a lawyer referral service, counselling referrals, community information and women’s movement referrals, endorsements and support letters, and advocacy on behalf of individuals. The organization put on a number of events: training on public speaking, assertiveness, financial management, and advocacy/organizing; workshops on useful tools for single mothers; panels and lectures; picnics; and annual parties. VSW also lobbied its municipal, provincial, and federal governments and other organizations about issues affecting women in Canada, encompassing such diverse topics as welfare, family law, sexual assault, and housing.
The physical order in which all records were received has been maintained; original order has been re-constituted intellectually. Record types in the series include the following: VSW briefs, press releases, submissions to governments, and research reports; correspondence with members of the public, members of governments, and other women centers; songs, stories, and photographs for anti-gender role stereotyping kits; copies of the Single Mother’s Resource Guide; Kinesis back issue indexes, editorial board correspondence, events' brochures and posters, reader surveys, volunteer training kits, and volunteer applications.
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After the 2019 and 2021 accruals, two series were added for two of VSW’s most significant activities, those related to Kinesis production and distribution, and activities related to their lobbying and advocacy functions. All records related to Kinesis from those most recent accruals can be found in Kinesis series. All records pertaining to VSW advocacy functions after 2019 accrual can be found in Advocacy series. Records related to Kinesis and advocacy that were processed before 2019 accruals remain in Project and lobbying series.
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Kinesis reader surveys contain personal information from third parties. As such, all reader surveys have been restricted until the year 2070.
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View digitized copies of Kinesis in UBC Library’s Open Collections.
2 computer disks
2 oversized textual records placed in the map storage
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Description created by Gillian Dunks in February 2017.