Saturday, June 19, 2010

History of West Kootenay Feminism - June 24 - Vancouver BC

Images cover, Volume 6 #4 (1978?) Art by Leni. Personal collection.

A Special Invitation from the Herstory Cafe to all those who were part of the 1960's-80's Feminist Movement in British Columbia (or anywhere else).

IMAGES - Kootenay Women's Paper: A Primer on Feminism (1973-1991), an illustrated presentation by Dr. Marcia Braundy.

When: Thursday, June 24, 2010 from 7-8:30pm.
Where: Rhizome Cafe in Vancouver, 317 Broadway.

The whole cafe's been reserved, so do come early for dinner.

This is a free event! Limited seating; come early.
Food and beverages for purchase.

Speaker Dr. Marcia Braundy is a founder and member of the original IMAGES collective, and Editor of the CD, IMAGES, Kootenay Women's Paper (1973-1991) and she will share illustrated stories of the times.

If you were at the Women's History Network of BC's Women's History Fair in Vancouver in April, you will remember seeing the West Kootenay Feminism display and perhaps, even leafing various issues of IMAGES and speaking with Marcia Braundy.

The 85 issues of IMAGES - Kootenay Women's Newspaper, published over 19 years from 1973 to 1991, represents the early writings of many of British Columbia's prize-winning women authors and artists as they struggled to develop their personal and political perspectives on Second Wave Feminism. In writing by rural BC women and others, it tells the stories of women and feminist groups from Trail, Nelson, Kaslo, the Slocan Valley, Salmo, Fruitvale, Rossland and Castlegar, for instance, of the Nelson and District Women's Centre (1972-), the oldest rural women's centre in Canada.

Theme issues addressed topics like: Aging, Health, Machinery, Sexuality, Reproductive Rights, Working, Lesbian life, Mothers and Daughters, The Arts, Media, Feminism, Technology, Violence Against Women, Travel and Relationships, while other issues covered local, regional and national news from feminist perspectives.

Images cover, August/September 1983. Cover art by Swanson. Personal collection.

The innovative Kootenay Feminism website, covering 1970 to present, launched in February this year (2010) and includes a timeline, historical minutes, posters, samples of IMAGES, interviews, music, photographs and more. The IMAGES newspaper collection was digitized with assistance from a 2009 grant through the BC History Digization Program, University of British Columbia and from a BC150 Heritage Legacy grant. The newspaper issues are available on CD.



Kootenay Feminism:

Nelson & District (BC) Women's Centre and West Kootenay Women's Association:

The Herstory Cafe is a get together where women’s history buffs can meet, hear a presentation and socialize.

British Columbia History Digitization Program: