Our first ever “virtual” general meeting featured guest speaker Dr. Gail Cuthbert Brandt, a specialist in Canadian social and women’s history and author of several books and articles, including a recently published history of women in the Quebec cotton industry.

Dr. Cuthbert Brandt is a former principal of Renison University College, the former Associate Vice-President, International at the University of Waterloo. She is currently chair of the Advisory Board of the Confucius Institute, housed at Renison University College.

Dr. Cuthbert Brandt’s presentation to CFUW Stratford aligned with the CFUW 100th anniversary, giving us a view of the history of women’s organizations in Canada. Across two centuries, great milestones have been reached thanks to feminist organizations, including women’s right to vote and hold political office and reformed divorce and property laws.

Today’s women’s groups are working to ensure women’s voices are heard in national debates and while also uniting locally on issues such as fighting for gender equality in the workplace, climate change and ending violence against women.

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