Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds: Canadian Women and the Search for Global Order
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Published: November 2021
Imprint: UBC Press
Page Count: 240 Pages
Illustrations: 23 photographs
Dimensions: 6.10 x 9.10
240 Pages, 6.10 x 9.10 x 0.60 in, 23 photographs
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Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds explores the lives and careers of women, famous and forgotten, who influenced Canada’s place in the world during the twentieth century.
Where are the women in Canada’s international history? Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds answers this question in a comprehensive volume that explores the role of women in Canadian international affairs.
Foreign policy historians have traditionally focused on powerful men. Though hidden, forgotten, or ignored, this book shows that women have also shaped Canada’s relations with the world over the past century – whether as activists, missionaries, aid workers, diplomats or diplomatic spouses.
Breaking Barriers, Shaping Worlds examines the lives and careers of professional women working abroad as doctors, nurses, or economic development advisors; women fighting for change as anti-war, anti-nuclear, or Indigenous rights activists; and women engaged in traditional diplomacy. This wide-ranging collection reveals the vital contribution of women to the search for global order that has been a hallmark of Canada’s international history.
Introduction: “Where are the Women?” / Jill Campbell-Miller & Greg Donaghy
Part 1: Women in Missions, Aid, and Development
1 Quietly Contesting Patriarchy: Dr. Jessie MacBean’s Medical Work in South China, 1925–35 / Kim Girouard
2 A Mission for Modernity: Canadian Women in Medical and Nursing Education in India, 1946–66 / Jill Campbell-Miller
3 Life Stories, Wife stories: Women Advisors on Economic Development / David Webster
Part 2: Women in International Resistance
4 Historically Invisible: The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1914–29 / Sharon Cook and Lorna McLean
5 The Voice of Women, the Baby Tooth Survey, and the Search for Security in the Atomic Age / Susan Colbourn
6 Marie Smallface Marule: An Indigenous Internationalist / Jonathan Crossen
Part 3: Women in Diplomacy
7 P.K. Page and the Art of Diplomacy: An Ambassadorial Wife in Brazil / Eric Fillion
8 Jean Casselman Wadds: Patriation, Dinner Party Wars, and a Political Diplomat / Steve Marti and Francine McKenzie
9 Flora Macdonald: Secretary of State for External Affairs, 1979–80 / Joe Clark
Conclusion: Breaking Historiographic Barriers / Dominique Marshall
Epilogue – Greg Donaghy: An Appreciation / Patricia E. Roy
Bibliography; Contributors; Index