Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - Irene MacDonald, British Columbia, Canada

Irene MacDonald, OBC
1933- 2002
3 Metre Diving 1956
Our Miss World

Garden Chapel, memorial plaque, Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Irene Margaret MacDonald - 1956 - Bronze Medal, Olympic Games at Melbourne - Women’s 3m Springboard Diving,
Canada's first Olympic diving medal.

The British Columbia Genealogical Society has published a CD with burial listings and inscriptions from Ocean View Burial Park.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers' Day - Mother on Election Day - Postcard 1909 - 1912

Happy Mothers' Day!

This card doesn't have direct ties to British Columbia but the theme seems doubly appropriate here as it's Mothers' Day today and Election Day for British Columbians on Tuesday this week.

Coloured postcard, private collection. Election Day, Suffragette Series No 7, Dunstan-Weiler Lithograph Co. 1909. Her ribbon says 'District Captainess 23rd Dist'.

Postmarked: Canton Ohio Jun 6 1912 7-PM
Addressed to: Mrs. D. Moore 1614. N. High St Columbus Ohio
Dear Mother: This will be in 10 yrs when the women vote,
oh! you poor men, Ina

In 1912, Ohio voters turned down a state amendment that would have allowed women to vote, but Ina and her mum didn't have to wait quite 10 years as Ina predicted until they could vote.

Although most of Ohio's national representatives voted against the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which prohibited each of the states and the federal government from denying any citizen the right to vote because of that citizen's sex, the Amendment was ratified, August 18, 1920.

Ohio state representatives did then pass the Amendment, and Ohio was the fifth state to ratify the 19th Amendment.


Nineteenth Amendment, Ohio History Central: http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/entry.php?rec=1463
Women Working for the Right to Vote, Ohio Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/about/ohiohonors/March/righttovote.aspx

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

More Support Today for the Women Ski Jumpers

News today - more support for the women ski jumpers and their efforts to have their sport recognized and included in the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia, Canada.

"As women ski jumpers await the verdict on their court challenge to being left out of the 2010 Winter Olympics, two of Canada's most celebrated female athletes weighed in yesterday on behalf of their high-profile cause."

Quoted from "Female ski jumpers get a boost" by Rod Mickleburgh
6 May, 2009 GlobeandMail.com

The two athletes are British Columbia Senator Nancy Greene Raine, one of Canada's best known champion skiers, and Canadian mogul champion Jennifer Heil.

Read Senator Nancy Greene Raine's statement today in the Canadian Senate.

For more about this issue, see Let Women Ski Jump in 2010 (be sure to watch the ICE GATE....women ski jump -Seaperl Productions video) and follow LetWomenJump on Twitter.

Call for Papers - Women, Sports and Physical Recreation - Women’s History Network of British Columbia 2009 Conference -Vancouver BC


Call for Papers - Women, Sports and Physical Recreation - Women’s History Network of British Columbia 2009 Conference - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Theme: Historical Perspectives on Women, Sports and Physical Recreation

Call for Papers and Presentations - Deadline June 30, 2009

The Women’s History Network of British Columbia (WHN/BC) invites proposals for papers and oral or visual presentations on the theme of Historical Perspectives on Women and Sport and Physical Recreation.

Topics might focus on individual sportswomen or women’s sport teams, on the role of sports and outdoor recreation in girls’ and women’s groups and in female education, on media coverage of women’s sports and public recognition of women athletes or sport groups, or on women’s role in (or exclusion from) sports organizations, for example.

The Women’s History Network of British Columbia (WHN/BC) is a broadly based not-for-profit society that exists to enhance interest and encourage activity in women's history across BC and to celebrate the contributions women have made to the history of the province.

WHN/BC’s yearly conference, during Canada’s Women’s History Month in October, is an opportunity for networking, sharing & learning about new ideas & current research into women’s history.

The Women’s History Network of B.C. is committed to inclusivity with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, region, religion and ability.

Location: The 2009 Conference will be in Vancouver in October. Locations to be announced.

Deadline for proposals – June 30, 2009

Contact: Proposals of maximum 350 words for papers or presentations of 20 minutes in length should include contact information and a brief biography.

Please submit proposals by e-mail attachment to Dr. Linda Quiney: linda.quiney@ubc.ca
or by mail Dr. Linda Quiney, University of British Columbia, History Department, 1297-1873 East Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1