Fonds UBCA-ARC-1332 - Women's Research Centre fonds

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Women's Research Centre fonds

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3.57 m of textual records

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The Women's Research Centre (WRC) was founded in 1973 and emerged out of the BC Women's Studies Association. The Women's Research Centre was a feminist organization involved with research intended to promote action to change women's situations. The Centre maintained links with other women's organizations across Canada and responded to requests from women's groups and institutions regarding the project and organizational development, government and institutional responses to women's issues, and public and professional education. The objective of the Women's Research Centre was to provide individual women and community-based women's groups with the information, analyses, and/or skills they needed in order to take action on issues of concern to them. The research results were used in workshops, seminars, and consultations and published in various pamphlets, reports, and books which were later distributed to women's groups and other interested organizations. The Women's Research Centre was a registered, non-profit society with an annually elected board of directors and a policy collective composed of ten members of the Centre, who met monthly to make decisions on the overall policy and direction of the Centre and its various projects. In addition, an advisory committee, composed of representatives from across Canada, met once a year to provide information and to review the Centre's plan from a national perspective. The Centre's work was carried out by research committees composed of volunteers. The volunteers were made up of women who were both interested in and had the ability to contribute to a particular research area. At least one member of the policy collective sat on each research committee. The Women's Research Centre was funded by an operations grant from the Secretary of State Women's Program. In addition, the Centre also received grants or contracts from federal, provincial, and municipal departments and agencies and funding from private foundations for specific research projects. The Women's Research Centre disbanded in 2000.

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The Women's Research Centre fonds consists of eleven series. The records deal with various aspects of women's lives and focus on racial, class, and gendered issues such as pay equity, women in the labour force, sexual harassment, immigration and the gendered effects of cultural transition, isolation, women's health and the Tobacco Industry, wife battering, sexual assault, and the strengths and weaknesses of women's shelters, women and the law, political responses to women's situation, and the development of strategies for changing women's lives. In addition, the Women's Research Centre fonds contains administrative records of the organization. Multiple-media records were created and used by the Women's Research Centre in the course of their research such as textual records, canvass banners, publications, maps, newspapers and newspaper clippings. Records created and used by the Women's Research Centre include the Women's Research Centre and BC Women's Studies Association constitution and mission statement, contracts, grant applications, project proposals, various research guides, surveys, statistics, various outlines, budgets, address lists, handwritten and typed notes, correspondence, facsimiles, discussion papers, extensive interdisciplinary manuscripts and abstracts created by members of the BC Women's Studies Association, extensive questionnaires and interview transcripts, drafts, reports, agendas, memos, briefs, meeting minutes, bulletins, press releases, various financial materials such as bills, receipts, expense claim forms, cheque stubs, invoices, and income and expense sheets, workshop registration and evaluation forms, membership application forms, newspapers, pamphlets, brochures, newsletters, articles, books, log books, bibliographies, purchase orders, literature reviews, and maps.

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