Linda Briskin

Department of Social Science
School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Professor Emeritus

Office
Emaillbriskin@yorku.ca
Primary websitewww.yorku.ca/lbriskin/
Secondary websitewomenunions.apps01.yorku.ca/

Her work addresses unions, globalization and women's power, union renewal, equity bargaining/bargaining equity, worker militancies, pedagogies and power, and privileging agency: a strategy for women's studies in troubled times.

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Area of Specialization

Social Science/Women's Studies

Degrees

Ph.D., York University
M.A., York University
Diploma in the Teaching of Reading, McGill University
Class I Teaching Certificate (English and History), McGill University
B.A., General Arts, McGill University

Professional Leadership

Peer Reviewing

Academic Referee
American Review of Canadian Studies
Ashgate Publishing (UK)
Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Canadian Journal of Education
Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology
Employment Relations Journal
European Societies
Gender, Work and Organization
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Institute of Social Transformation Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan
Just Labour
Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations
Resources for Feminist Research
Studies in Political Economy

Academic Reviewer
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Transfer Grant Review Committee, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Tenure and Promotion Applications
Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario
Department of Applied Social Science, Concordia
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
York University

Editorial Boards and Institute Memberships
2009- Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Work and Labour Market Institute (NZWALMI).
2009- Research Associate, Centre for Research on Work and Society (CRWS), York University
2007- Associate Editor, Gender, Work and Organization

Other
2009 External Reviewer for the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto
2001 External Reviewer for the Undergraduate Women's Studies Programme at Wilfrid Laurier University

Research Interests

She is currently researching union leadership, strategies for ensuring equity representation inside unions, women's participation in collective bargaining and social dialogue, and worker militancies, with a special focus on nurses on strike.

Selected Publications

“Cross-Constituency Organizing in Canadian Unions.” British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 46, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 221-247.

“From Person-Days Lost to Labour Militancy: A New Look at the Canadian Work Stoppage Data.” Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol 62, No.1, 2007, pp. 31-65.

"Public Sector Militancy, Feminization, and Employer Aggression: Trends in Strikes, Lockouts, and Wildcats in Canada from 1960 to 2004.” In Strikes Around the World, eds. Heiner Dribbusch, Dave Lyddon, Kurt Vandaele and Sjaak van der Velden. Amsterdam: Aksant, 2007, pp. 86-113.

"Victimization and Agency: The Social Construction of Union Women's Leadership". Special issue on Gender and Industrial Relations. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4, July 2006, pp. 359-378.

Equity Bargaining/Bargaining Equity. Toronto: Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, July 2006. (112 pages) [reviewed] Available at http://www.arts.yorku.ca/sosc/lbriskin/research/index.html.

Selected Publications

“Cross-Constituency Organizing in Canadian Unions.” British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 46, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 221-247.

“From Person-Days Lost to Labour Militancy: A New Look at the Canadian Work Stoppage Data.” Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol 62, No.1, 2007, pp. 31-65.

"Public Sector Militancy, Feminization, and Employer Aggression: Trends in Strikes, Lockouts, and Wildcats in Canada from 1960 to 2004.” In Strikes Around the World, eds. Heiner Dribbusch, Dave Lyddon, Kurt Vandaele and Sjaak van der Velden. Amsterdam: Aksant, 2007, pp. 86-113.

"Victimization and Agency: The Social Construction of Union Women's Leadership". Special issue on Gender and Industrial Relations. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4, July 2006, pp. 359-378.

Equity Bargaining/Bargaining Equity. Toronto: Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, July 2006. (112 pages) [reviewed] Available at http://www.arts.yorku.ca/sosc/lbriskin/research/index.html.

All Publications

Books

Equity Bargaining/Bargaining Equity. Toronto: Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, First edition, March 2006. Updated and revised, July 2006 (112 pages).

Women's Organizing and Public Policy in Canada and Sweden, co-edited with Mona Eliasson. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999. (384 pages)

Women Challenging Unions: Feminism, Democracy and Militancy. Co-edited with Patricia McDermott. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. (346 pages)

Feminist Organizing for Change: the Contemporary Women's Movement in Canada. Co-authored with Nancy Adamson and Margaret McPhail. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1988. (332 pages)

Union Sisters: Women in the Labour Movement. Co-edited and co-authored introduction with Lynda Yanz. Toronto: Women's Press, 1983; Second Edition, 1985. (421 pages)

Monographs

Equity Bargaining/Bargaining Equity. Toronto: Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, July 2006. (112 pages) [reviewed] Available at http://www.arts.yorku.ca/sosc/lbriskin/research/index.html.

Gendering Union Democracy: A Swedish-Canadian Comparison. Working Paper Series #13, Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, 1996/revised 1997. (25 pages)
This paper includes the English version of "Kvinnor och demokratiseringen av fackliga organisationer" (Women and the Democratization of the Unions)." Published originally in Swedish in Delad makt: kvinnor ock facklig demokrati. Stockholm: Utbildningsförlaget Brevskolan, 1995, pp. 30-48.

Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation. Ottawa: Feminist Perspectives Monograph Series of the Canadian Research Institute on the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), 1990. Revised 1994. (46 pages)

Autonomy, Integration and Legitimacy: a comparative analysis of socialist feminist practice in Canada, the United States and Western Europe. Working Paper, Institute for Social Research, York University, Feb 1990. (72 pages)

Book Chapters

“Trade Unions, Collective Agency and the Struggle for Women’s Equality: Expanding the Political Empowerment Measure.” In Making Globalization Work for Women: Women Workers’ Social Rights and Trade Union Leadership, eds. Valentine Moghadam, Suzanne Franzway, and Mary Margaret Fonow. State University of New York Press (SUNY) (forthcoming 2011). [refeered]

"Militancy and Resistance in the New Economy." In Interrogating the 'New Economy': Restructuring Work in the 21st Century, eds. Norene Pupo and Mark Thomas. Broadview Press, 2010, pp. 217-234.

"Cross-Constituency Organizing: A Vehicle for Union Renewal." In Unions, Equity and the Path to Renewal, eds. Janice Foley and Patricia Baker. University of British Columbia Press, 2009, pp. 137-154.

“Socialist Feminist and Activist Educator.” In Minds of Our Own: Inventing Women's Studies/Feminist Studies in Canada, eds. Francine Descarries, Margrit Eichler, Meg Luxton and Wendy Robbins. Halifax: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2008, pp. 297-303.

"Public Sector Militancy, Feminization, and Employer Aggression: Trends in Strikes, Lockouts, and Wildcats in Canada from 1960 to 2004.” In Strikes Around the World, eds. Heiner Dribbusch, Dave Lyddon, Kurt Vandaele and Sjaak van der Velden. Amsterdam: Aksant, 2007, pp. 86-113.

“Afterword.” In Equity, Diversity and Canadian Labour, eds. Gerald Hunt and David Rayside. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007, pp. 244-255.

"Sites of Struggle/Vehicles of Resistance: Unions and Women Workers." In Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, eds. C. Lesley Biggs and Susan Gingell. Halifax: Fernwood Press, forthcoming 2010.
A revised version of "Sites of Struggle/Vehicles of Resistance: Unions and Women Workers." In Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, eds. C. Lesley Biggs and Pamela J. Downe. Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2005, pp. 210-215.

“Privileging Agency and Organizing: A New Approach to Women’s Studies.” In Feminisms and Womanisms: Foundations, Theories and Praxis of the Women's Movement, eds. Althea Prince and Susan Silva-Wayne. Toronto: Women's Press, 2004, pp. 343-358.

"Unions: Resistance and Mobilization." In Blackwell Companion to Gender Studies, eds. Philomena Essed, David Goldberg and Audrey Kobayashi. London: Blackwell Press, 2004, pp. 329-341.

"The Equity Project in Canadian Unions: Confronting the Challenge of Restructuring and Globalization." In Gender, Diversity and Trade Unions: International Perspectives, eds. Fiona Colgan and Sue Ledwith. London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 28-47.

"Power in the Classroom." In Voices from the Classroom: Reflections on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, ed. Janice Newton et al, Garamond Press and Centre for Support of teaching, York University, 2001, pp. 25-39.

"Feminist Organizations and Feminist Process." In Open Boundaries: A Canadian Women's Studies Reader. eds. Barbara Crow and Lise Gotell. Prentice Hall Allyn and Bacon, Canada, 2000, pp. 96-110.
Reprinted from Feminist Organizing for Change: the Contemporary Women's Movement in Canada. Co-authored with Nancy Adamson and Margaret McPhail. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1988

"Feminisms, Feminization and Democratization in Canadian Unions." In Feminist Success Stories/ Célébrons nos réussites féministes, eds. Karen Blackford, Marie-Luce Garceau and Sandra Kirby. University of Ottawa Press, 1999, pp. 73-92.

"Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada and Sweden." In Women's Organizing and Public Policy in Canada and Sweden, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999, pp. 147-183.

"Mapping Women's Organizing in Sweden and Canada: Some Thematic Considerations. " In Women's Organizing and Public Policy in Canada and Sweden, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999, pp. 3-50.

"Preface: Collaboration and Comparison." Co-authored with Mona Eliasson. In Women's Organizing and Public Policy in Canada and Sweden, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999, pp. vii-xiv.

"Using Groundrules to Negotiate Power in the Classroom." In Centring on the Margins: The Evaded Curriculum. Proceedings of the Second Bi-annual Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education (CASWE) International Institute, Ottawa, 1998, pp. 25-32, 49, 80.

"A Strategic Approach to Negotiating Power in the Classroom." In Encouraging Gender Equity: Strategies for School Change, ed. Heather MacKinnon. Ottawa: The Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, 1995, pp. 1-9.
Négocier les relations de pouvoir en salle de classe: une approche stratégique." In Favoriser l'égalité des sexes: stratégies permettant d'opérer des changements a l'école. Ottawa: The Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, 1995, pp. 1-9. [Translated into French by Judith Poirier]

"Kvinnor och demokratiseringen av fackliga organisationer" (Women and the Democratization of the Unions)." In Delad makt: kvinnor ock facklig demokrati. Stockholm: Utbildningsförlaget Brevskolan, 1995, pp. 30-48. [Translated into Swedish by Gunilla Persson]

"The Feminist Challenge to the Unions" (co-authored with Patricia McDermott). In Women Challenging Unions: Feminism, Democracy and Militancy, 1993, pp. 3-19.

"Union Women and Separate Organizing." In Women Challenging Unions: Feminism, Democracy and Militancy, 1993, pp. 89-108.

"Feminist Practice: A New Approach to Evaluating Feminist Strategy." In Women and Social Change: Feminist Activism in Canada, eds. Jeri Wine and Janice Ristock. Toronto: James Lorimer, 1991, pp. 24-40.

"Wir mussen laut sagen, wer wir sind" ("We have to say loudly who we are" ). AuBereuropaische kapitalistische Lander: Frauenbewegungen in der Welt/Band 3. Hamburg: Argument-Sonderband As, 1990, pp. 29-55. [Translated into German by Ursula Wulfekamp]

"How to Effect Change in the Unions." In Strong Women, Strong Unions. Toronto: Participatory Research Group, 1985, pp. 45-56.

"Women and Unions in Canada: a Statistical Overview." In Union Sisters, 1983/85, pp. 28-43.

"Women's Challenge to Organized Labour." In Union Sisters, 1983/5, pp. 259-71.

"Domestic Labour - a Methodological Discussion." In Hidden in the Household, ed. Bonnie Fox. Toronto: Women's Press, 1980, pp. 135-172.

Journal Articles

“Cross-Constituency Organizing in Canadian Unions.” British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 46, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 221-247.

“CUPE On Strike.” Just Labour, Vol.10, Spring 2007, pp. 8-22. Available on line http://www.justlabour.yorku.ca/index.php?page=toc&volume=10.

“From Person-Days Lost to Labour Militancy: A New Look at the Canadian Work Stoppage Data.” Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol 62, No.1, 2007, pp. 31-65.

"Victimization and Agency: The Social Construction of Union Women's Leadership". Special issue on Gender and Industrial Relations. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4, July 2006, pp. 359-378.

“A Caucus of Caucuses: The Next Stage In Union Equity Organizing.” Just Labour, www.justlabour.yorku.ca Vol 6, No. 1, Spring 2006, pp. 101-112.

“Worker Militancies Revealed: Interrogating the Statistical Data.” For the the Union Module of the Gender and Work Database. Posted at http://www.genderwork.ca/cms/displaysection.php?sid=41, May 2006. (20 pages)

“The Conceptual Guide for the Union Module.” Co-authored with Leah Vosko. For the the Union Module of the Gender and Work Database. Posted at www.genderwork.ca, May 2006. (30 pages)

“Union Leadership and Equity Representation.” For the Union Module of the Gender and Work Database. Posted at http://www.genderwork.ca/cms/displaysection.php?sid=41, April 2006. (61 pages)

"The Work Stoppage Data from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada: A Research Note". Just Labour, www.justlabour.yorku.ca, Vol. 5, Winter 2005, pp. 80-89.

"Excavating the Labour Dispute data from Statistics Canada: A Research Note" [with Kristine Klement] Just Labour, www.justlabour.yorku.ca, Vol 4, Summer 2004, pp. 83-95.

" 'Still the Most Difficult Revolution?'." Just Labour, www.justlabour.yorku.ca, Summer 2004, pp. 96-101.

"Women's Organizing: A Gateway to a New Approach for Women's Studies." Atlantis, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2002, pp. 78-91.

"Autonomy, Diversity and Integration: Union Women's Separate Organizing in North America and Western Europe in the Context of Restructuring and Globalization." Women's Studies International Forum, Vol. 22, No. 5, 1999, pp. 543-554.

"Making Equity a Priority: Anatomy of the York Strike of 1997" (co-authored with Janice Newson). Feminist Studies, Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring 1999, pp. 105-118.

"Gendering Union Democracy." Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme [Issue on Women and Work], Vol. 18, No.1, Spring 1998, pp. 35-38.

"Negotiating Power in the Classroom: The Example of Group Work." Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme [Issue on Women and Education], Vol. 17, No. 4, Winter 1998, pp. 23-28.
Reprinted in Canadian Woman Studies: An Introductory Reader, eds. Nuzhat Amin et al. Toronto: Inanna Publications, 1999, pp. 359-369.
Reprinted in Voices from the Classroom: Reflections on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, ed. Janice Newton et al, Garamond Press and Centre for Support of Teaching, York University, 2001, pp. 255-265.
Excerpt reprinted In Gendered Intersections: A Collection of Readings for Women and Gender Studies, eds. C. Lesley Biggs and Pamela J. Downe. Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2005, pp. 37-41.

"Equity and Economic Restructuring in the Canadian Labour Movement." Special issue on `Women's Work and Political-Economic Change', Economic and Industrial Democracy, Vol. 15, No. 1, Feb 1994, pp. 89-112.

Canadian Journal of Education (special issue on feminist pedagogy). Guest editor with Rebecca Coulter. Vol. 17, No. 3, Summer 1992.

"Feminist Pedagogy: Challenging the Normative" (co-authored with Rebecca Coulter). Canadian Journal of Education, Vol. 17, No. 3, Summer 1992, pp. 247-263.

"Identity Politics and the Hierarchy of Oppression: a Comment." Feminist Review, #35, Summer 1990, pp. 102-8.

"Women, Unions and Leadership." Canadian Dimension, Vol. 24, No.1, Jan-Feb 1990, pp. 38-41.
Reprinted in Work in Canada: Readings in the Sociology of Work and Industry, eds. Graham Lowe and Harvey Krahn. Scarborough: Nelson, 1993, pp. 284-291.

"Socialist Feminism: from the standpoint of practice." Studies in Political Economy, No. 30, Fall 1989, pp. 87-114.
Reprinted in Feminism in Action, eds. M. Patricia Connelly and Pat Armstrong. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 1992, pp. 267-293.
Earlier version printed in Social Science Journal as work-in-progress (York University), 1988 edition.

Resources for Feminist Research (special issue on women and unions). Guest editor and co-authored introduction with Lynda Yanz. Vol. 10, No. 2, 1981.

"Toward a Socialist Feminist Movement." Our Generation, Vol. 10, No. 3, 1974, pp. 23-34.

Conference Papers

2011 March “Nurses on Strike in Canada, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.” Invited paper at the International Conference on Strikes and Social Conflicts in the Twentieth Century, Lisbon (upcoming)

2010 May “Union Transformation and Workplace Mobilization: Women and Union Leadership Re-visited.” Invited paper for Gender, Women and Leadership – A Cross National Dialogue, Rutgers University, US.

2010 March “Nurses on Strike: The Feminization of Militancy, the Politicization of Caring Labour, and Union Revitalization.” At the International Labour Process Conference, Rutgers University, US.

2008 June “Trade Unions, Collective Agency and the Struggle for Gender Equality: Expanding the Political Empowerment Measure” at invited seminar on “What is Gender Equality in a Global Era? to launch the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research (Professor Sylvia Walby), Lancaster University, UK

2008 May “Feminisms, Intersectionality, Power and Pedagogy” Invitational Workshop on Moving Feminism Forward. Mount Orford, Quebec (part of SSHRC RDI on Research as if Women Mattered: Canadian Feminist Scholarship in the Global Age)

2008 February “Reflections on Equity in Education and Training.” At Conference on “Integrating Equity and Addressing Barriers in Education and Training: In the Workplace, In the Union.” Sponsored by the Work and Learning Knowledge Centre of the Canadian Council of Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Toronto.

2007 Sept “Cross-constituency Organizing in Canadian Unions: A Vehicle for Union Renewal.” For Track 2: “Voice at Work: New Challenges, New Forms” at the 8th European Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association, Manchester, UK.

2007 June “Gendering Labour Militancies.” At the “Gender as Social Practice” Stream of the Gender, Work and Organization Conference, Keele University, UK

2006 August “Union Women Organizing in Canada: Coalition Building, Constituency Organizing , Representation and Equity Bargaining.” Invitational Theme Panel “Feminism and the Labor Movement: Bridging the Divide”. At the meetings of the American Sociological Association, Montreal.

2006 June “Theorizing Silence and Power: Towards a Pedagogy of Negotiation”. At session on “Epistemologies/Pedagogies of Struggle” at the meetings of the Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Humanities and Social Science, York University.

2006 June "Feminization, Gendering and Worker Militancies". At session on “Theorizing Labour” at the meetings of the Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Humanities and Social Science, York University.

2006 June “A Feminist Approach to Analysing Union Women’s Leadership”. At Session on “Contribution of Feminist Theories to the Study of Labour Relations” at the meetings of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA), Congress of the Humanities and Social Science, York University.

2006 March “Worker Militancies in the New Economy.” Conference on Restructuring Work and Labour in the New Economy: Exploring Resistance and Alternatives, Initiative on the New Economy [INE], SSHRC, Centre for Research on Work and Study,York University. Portion of audio posted at .

2005 Sept "Feminization, Gendering and Worker Militancies." At conference on Labouring Feminism and Feminist Working Class History in North American and Beyond, University of Toronto.

2005 Sept "Strikes, Lockouts And Wildcats: Canadian Worker Militancies From 1966-2001." At Conference on Strikes in an International Perspective. At the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2005 June "Unpacking The Aggregate And The Average: A New Look At The Work Stoppages Data From Human Resources And Skills Development Canada [HRSDC]." At the Meetings of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario

2005 March "Equity Bargaining/Bargaining Equity: A Strategic Agenda and A Research Framework". Conference on Advancing the Union Equity Agenda, Sponsored by the Centre for Research on Work and Society as part of the New Economy Research Alliance, Toronto.

2004 Sept “Worker Militancies and the Vexing Questions of Labour Disputes and Work Stoppages: The Politics of Conceptualization and Measurement.” For the Conference on Gender and Work: Knowledge Production in Practice, sponsored by the Gender and Work Database (GWD), York University

2003 Dec: "Worker Militancy in the New Economy." At the Conference on "Restructuring of Work and Labour in the New Economy", Initiative on the New Economy [INE/ SSHRC], Centre for Research on Work and Society [CRWS], York University

2003 Nov: "Excavating the Work Stoppage and Labour Dispute Data from Human Resources Development Canada [HRDC] and Statistics Canada." At the meeting of the Union Module of the Gender and Work Database [GWD], York University

2003 Nov: " Leadership, Representation and Democracy: From the Point of View of Equity Seeking Groups." At the meeting of the Union Module of the Gender and Work Database [GWD], York University

2002 May: "Women's Organizing: A Gateway to a New Approach for Women's Studies." At the meetings of the Canadian Women's Studies Association, Social Science and Humanities Federation of Canada, Toronto

2000 Nov: "The Equity Project in Canadian Unions: Confronting Globalization and Restructuring." At "Feminist Utopias: Redefining Our Projects", an International Feminist Conference organized by the Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Studies, University of Toronto

1999 Oct: "Using Groundrules to Negotiate Classroom Power." Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives [ISETA], Tempe, Arizona

1999 June: "Using Groundrules to Negotiate Classroom Power Collaboratively." Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education [STLHE], Calgary

1998 July: "Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada and Sweden." Research Committee on Labour Movements, XIVth World Congress of Sociology, Montreal

1998 July: "Autonomy, Diversity and Integration: Union Women's Separate Organizing in the Context of Restructuring and Globalization", Joint Session of the Research Committee on Labour Movements and Research Committee on Women and Society, XIVth World Congress of Sociology, Montreal

1998 May: "Using Groundrules to Negotiate Power in the Classroom" at "Centring on Margins: The Evaded Curriculum", Summer Institute of the Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education (CASWE), Ottawa

1998 May: "Equity in the 1997 York University Strike." Session of the Canadian Women's Studies Association, Learneds, Ottawa

1997 June: "Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada and Sweden." Joint session of Canadian Political Science Association and Socialist Studies Society, Learneds, St. John's, Newfoundland

1997 March: "Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada and Sweden." International Studies Association (ISA), Toronto

1995 Sept: "A Strategic Approach to Negotiating Power in the Classroom." Conference on 'Encouraging Gender Equity: Strategies for School Change'. Sponsored by the Children's Bureau, Health Canada and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa.

1994 Aug: "Gender, Trade Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada" and "Mapping Women's Organizing in Sweden: a Canadian Perspective". Conference on Gender, Public Policy and Women's Organizing in Sweden and Canada, Toronto.

1994 Aug: "Gender, Trade Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada" and "Mapping Women's Organizing in Sweden: a Canadian Perspective". Conference on Gender, Public Policy and Women's Organizing in Sweden and Canada, Toronto.

1993 Aug: "Union Women and Separate Organizing in the Canadian Labour Movement." Conference of the Nordic Association of Canadian Studies, Turku, Finland.

1993 June: "Polarization, Fragmentation and Separatism: the fault lines in building a progressive women's movement." Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Learned Societies, Ottawa.

1992 March: "Union Women and Separate Organizing." Conference on The Politics of Gender within the Trade Union Movement, Toronto.

1991 April: "Autonomy, Integration and Legitimacy: an analysis of socialist feminist practice in Canada." British Association of Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, England.

1990 May: "Autonomy, Integration and Legitimacy: a comparative analysis of socialist feminist practice in Canada, the United States and Western Europe." Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Canadian Women's Studies Association and Society for Socialist Studies, Learned Societies, Victoria, BC.

1990 May: "Gender-informed Teaching Practices at York University," Canadian Women's Studies Association, Learned Societies, Victoria, BC.

1988 July: "Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation." KEGME (Mediterranean Women's Studies Institute), Spetses, Greece.

1988 June: "A Model of Feminist Practice." Society for Socialist Studies, Learned Societies, Windsor, Ontario.

1988 March: "Socialist Feminism - a critical review." Workshop in Political Economy: Controversies about Socialism, Economics Department, York University.

1987 July: "Ideological Principle and Concrete Practice: A Case Study of Socialist Feminism." The Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Trinity College, Dublin.

1979 June: "Women's Class Location." Canadian Sociology & Anthropology Association, Learned Societies, London, Ontario.

1976: "Women and Class Consciousness." Conference: Women's Studies, Concordia, Montreal.

Research Reports

1992 Brief to the Employment Equity Commissioner on Educational and Employment Equity, coauthored with Veronica Horn on behalf of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). Presented to the Employment Equity Hearings, Feb 1992 Section on Educational Equity reprinted in Canadian Woman Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Spring 1992)

1991 Designed survey questionnaire on "Gender Dynamics in the Classroom" (sent to all female faculty and random sample of male faculty at Carleton University), for the Status of Women Office, Carleton University, Ottawa

Public Lectures

2007 June “Advancing the Union Equity Agenda in Canadian Unions” for the Leadership in Democracy Development Programme, Ruskin College, Oxford (UK)

2007 June “Militancy and Strike Data in Canada” for the Program in International Labour and Trade Union Studies, Ruskin College, Oxford (UK)

2005 Nov "Negotiating Power in the Classroom" Seminar Series, Graduate Programme in Women's Studies, York University

2003 April "Union Women's Organizing in Canada: Defending the Equity Project in the Face of Restructuring and Globalization." Department of Economic History, Uppsala University, Sweden

2001 Oct "Union Women's Organizing in Canada: Defending the Equity Project in the Face of Restructuring and Globalization." McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, Montreal.

2001 May "Organizing for Equity," University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

1997 Dec "Women and Certification: Organizing for Change," University of Western Ontario

1995 March "The State, Gender Neutrality/Specificity and Women's Organizing in Sweden and Canada," Graduate Program in Women's Studies, York University

1994 May "Women Organizing in Sweden and Canada," Researchers' Square, Kvinnor Kan, Ostersund, Sweden

1994 May "Educating Girls and Women as Agents of Change: a feminist perspective," Kvinnor Kan, Ostersund, Sweden

1993 Fall "Negotiating Power in the Classroom," Uppsala University, Goteborg University, Kvinnofolkhogskolan (Goteborg) and Linkoping University, Sweden

1993 Fall "Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation," Lund University, Uppsala University, Linkoping University, and Goteborg University, Sweden

1993 Fall "Equity and Economic Restructuring in the Canadian Labour Movement," Lund University, Sweden

1993 Fall "Union Women and Separate Organizing," University of Stockholm, and Arbetslivcentrum, Stockholm, Sweden

1993 May "Negotiating Power in the Classroom," McMaster University, Hamilton

1992 Sept Public Lecture Series at Linkoping University, Sweden: "Revealing Classroom Power Dynamics" "Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation" "Feminist Pedagogy: Classroom Practice/ Institutional Practice" "Challenging the Discourse on Feminist Pedagogy".

1991 Jan "Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation, Carleton University, Ottawa

1990 Dec "Feminist Pedagogy," Peterborough (sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, Trent University and the Federation of Women Teachers, Peterborough)

1990 Nov "Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation," Toronto Area Women's Research Colloquium, Toronto

1990 March "What is Feminist Pedagogy," Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario, London

1990 March "Feminist Pedagogy: Gender-informed Teaching Practices at York University," Women's Studies Research Group/Institute for Social Research, York University

1990 Jan "Women, Unions and a Feminist Leadership Politic," Institute for Social Research, York University

1988 March "Feminist Organizing for Change," Marxist Institute, Toronto

1987 Nov "Feminist Organizing for Change," Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo

1987 Jan "Taking Action Making Change - Women in the Workplace," Toronto Board of Education

1982 July "The Media Image of the Women's Movement," Summer Institute on Ideology, Ethnography & Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Toronto

Creative Works

The Day the Fairies Went on Strike (for children). Co-authored with Maureen Fitzgerald. Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1982. Translated Quand les fées font la grève. Quebec: Les Editions Heritage, 1986. Partial reprint in Au-délà des mots. Laval, Quebec: Editions HRW, 2002..

Rising Up Strong: a video documentary on the women's movement in Ontario, written and edited (with Lorna Weir) for Rogers Cable TV [shown at the Berlin Film Festival, Art Culture Resource Centre (Toronto) and the Kitchen (New York City); distributed by Development Education Centre, Toronto] (60 minutes), 1981. Updated 1992 (to 90 minutes); distribution taken over by Green Dragon Press

Women in Revolution, a video documentary on women in history, for educational TV, Montreal (30 mins), 1972

Forthcoming

"Merit, Individualism and Solidarity: Revisiting the Democratic Deficit in Union Women's Leadership." In Leaders, Leadership and Change in Trade Unions: Gender and Diversity, New Trajectories eds. Sue Ledwith and Lisa Lotte Hansen. Routledge. (forthcoming 2011)

“Trade Unions, Collective Agency and the Struggle for Women’s Equality: Expanding the Political Empowerment Measure.” In Making Globalization Work for Women: Women Workers’ Social Rights and Trade Union Leadership, eds. Valentine Moghadam, Suzanne Franzway, and Mary Margaret Fonow. State University of New York Press (SUNY) (forthcoming 2010).

“Beyond the Average and the Aggregate: Researching Strikes in Canada.” In New Ways in Strike Research, eds. Sjaak van der Velden and Kurt Vandaele. Amsterdam: Aksant (forthcoming 2010).

Beyond the Average and the Aggregate: Researching Strikes in Canada.” In New Ways in Strike Research, eds. Sjaak van der Velden and Kurt Vandaele (forthcoming).


Her work addresses unions, globalization and women's power, union renewal, equity bargaining/bargaining equity, worker militancies, pedagogies and power, and privileging agency: a strategy for women's studies in troubled times.

Area of Specialization

Social Science/Women's Studies

Degrees

Ph.D., York University
M.A., York University
Diploma in the Teaching of Reading, McGill University
Class I Teaching Certificate (English and History), McGill University
B.A., General Arts, McGill University

Professional Leadership

Peer Reviewing

Academic Referee
American Review of Canadian Studies
Ashgate Publishing (UK)
Atlantis: A Women's Studies Journal
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Canadian Journal of Education
Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology
Employment Relations Journal
European Societies
Gender, Work and Organization
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Institute of Social Transformation Studies, Shih Hsin University, Taiwan
Just Labour
Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations
Resources for Feminist Research
Studies in Political Economy

Academic Reviewer
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Transfer Grant Review Committee, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Tenure and Promotion Applications
Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario
Department of Applied Social Science, Concordia
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
York University

Editorial Boards and Institute Memberships
2009- Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Work and Labour Market Institute (NZWALMI).
2009- Research Associate, Centre for Research on Work and Society (CRWS), York University
2007- Associate Editor, Gender, Work and Organization

Other
2009 External Reviewer for the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto
2001 External Reviewer for the Undergraduate Women's Studies Programme at Wilfrid Laurier University

Research Interests:

She is currently researching union leadership, strategies for ensuring equity representation inside unions, women's participation in collective bargaining and social dialogue, and worker militancies, with a special focus on nurses on strike.

All Publications

Books

Equity Bargaining/Bargaining Equity. Toronto: Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, First edition, March 2006. Updated and revised, July 2006 (112 pages).

Women's Organizing and Public Policy in Canada and Sweden, co-edited with Mona Eliasson. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999. (384 pages)

Women Challenging Unions: Feminism, Democracy and Militancy. Co-edited with Patricia McDermott. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993. (346 pages)

Feminist Organizing for Change: the Contemporary Women's Movement in Canada. Co-authored with Nancy Adamson and Margaret McPhail. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1988. (332 pages)

Union Sisters: Women in the Labour Movement. Co-edited and co-authored introduction with Lynda Yanz. Toronto: Women's Press, 1983; Second Edition, 1985. (421 pages)

Monographs

Equity Bargaining/Bargaining Equity. Toronto: Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, July 2006. (112 pages) [reviewed] Available at http://www.arts.yorku.ca/sosc/lbriskin/research/index.html.

Gendering Union Democracy: A Swedish-Canadian Comparison. Working Paper Series #13, Centre for Research on Work and Society, York University, 1996/revised 1997. (25 pages)
This paper includes the English version of "Kvinnor och demokratiseringen av fackliga organisationer" (Women and the Democratization of the Unions)." Published originally in Swedish in Delad makt: kvinnor ock facklig demokrati. Stockholm: Utbildningsförlaget Brevskolan, 1995, pp. 30-48.

Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation. Ottawa: Feminist Perspectives Monograph Series of the Canadian Research Institute on the Advancement of Women (CRIAW), 1990. Revised 1994. (46 pages)

Autonomy, Integration and Legitimacy: a comparative analysis of socialist feminist practice in Canada, the United States and Western Europe. Working Paper, Institute for Social Research, York University, Feb 1990. (72 pages)

Book Chapters

“Trade Unions, Collective Agency and the Struggle for Women’s Equality: Expanding the Political Empowerment Measure.” In Making Globalization Work for Women: Women Workers’ Social Rights and Trade Union Leadership, eds. Valentine Moghadam, Suzanne Franzway, and Mary Margaret Fonow. State University of New York Press (SUNY) (forthcoming 2011). [refeered]

"Militancy and Resistance in the New Economy." In Interrogating the 'New Economy': Restructuring Work in the 21st Century, eds. Norene Pupo and Mark Thomas. Broadview Press, 2010, pp. 217-234.

"Cross-Constituency Organizing: A Vehicle for Union Renewal." In Unions, Equity and the Path to Renewal, eds. Janice Foley and Patricia Baker. University of British Columbia Press, 2009, pp. 137-154.

“Socialist Feminist and Activist Educator.” In Minds of Our Own: Inventing Women's Studies/Feminist Studies in Canada, eds. Francine Descarries, Margrit Eichler, Meg Luxton and Wendy Robbins. Halifax: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2008, pp. 297-303.

"Public Sector Militancy, Feminization, and Employer Aggression: Trends in Strikes, Lockouts, and Wildcats in Canada from 1960 to 2004.” In Strikes Around the World, eds. Heiner Dribbusch, Dave Lyddon, Kurt Vandaele and Sjaak van der Velden. Amsterdam: Aksant, 2007, pp. 86-113.

“Afterword.” In Equity, Diversity and Canadian Labour, eds. Gerald Hunt and David Rayside. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007, pp. 244-255.

"Sites of Struggle/Vehicles of Resistance: Unions and Women Workers." In Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, eds. C. Lesley Biggs and Susan Gingell. Halifax: Fernwood Press, forthcoming 2010.
A revised version of "Sites of Struggle/Vehicles of Resistance: Unions and Women Workers." In Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, eds. C. Lesley Biggs and Pamela J. Downe. Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2005, pp. 210-215.

“Privileging Agency and Organizing: A New Approach to Women’s Studies.” In Feminisms and Womanisms: Foundations, Theories and Praxis of the Women's Movement, eds. Althea Prince and Susan Silva-Wayne. Toronto: Women's Press, 2004, pp. 343-358.

"Unions: Resistance and Mobilization." In Blackwell Companion to Gender Studies, eds. Philomena Essed, David Goldberg and Audrey Kobayashi. London: Blackwell Press, 2004, pp. 329-341.

"The Equity Project in Canadian Unions: Confronting the Challenge of Restructuring and Globalization." In Gender, Diversity and Trade Unions: International Perspectives, eds. Fiona Colgan and Sue Ledwith. London: Routledge, 2002, pp. 28-47.

"Power in the Classroom." In Voices from the Classroom: Reflections on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, ed. Janice Newton et al, Garamond Press and Centre for Support of teaching, York University, 2001, pp. 25-39.

"Feminist Organizations and Feminist Process." In Open Boundaries: A Canadian Women's Studies Reader. eds. Barbara Crow and Lise Gotell. Prentice Hall Allyn and Bacon, Canada, 2000, pp. 96-110.
Reprinted from Feminist Organizing for Change: the Contemporary Women's Movement in Canada. Co-authored with Nancy Adamson and Margaret McPhail. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1988

"Feminisms, Feminization and Democratization in Canadian Unions." In Feminist Success Stories/ Célébrons nos réussites féministes, eds. Karen Blackford, Marie-Luce Garceau and Sandra Kirby. University of Ottawa Press, 1999, pp. 73-92.

"Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada and Sweden." In Women's Organizing and Public Policy in Canada and Sweden, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999, pp. 147-183.

"Mapping Women's Organizing in Sweden and Canada: Some Thematic Considerations. " In Women's Organizing and Public Policy in Canada and Sweden, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999, pp. 3-50.

"Preface: Collaboration and Comparison." Co-authored with Mona Eliasson. In Women's Organizing and Public Policy in Canada and Sweden, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999, pp. vii-xiv.

"Using Groundrules to Negotiate Power in the Classroom." In Centring on the Margins: The Evaded Curriculum. Proceedings of the Second Bi-annual Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education (CASWE) International Institute, Ottawa, 1998, pp. 25-32, 49, 80.

"A Strategic Approach to Negotiating Power in the Classroom." In Encouraging Gender Equity: Strategies for School Change, ed. Heather MacKinnon. Ottawa: The Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, 1995, pp. 1-9.
Négocier les relations de pouvoir en salle de classe: une approche stratégique." In Favoriser l'égalité des sexes: stratégies permettant d'opérer des changements a l'école. Ottawa: The Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, 1995, pp. 1-9. [Translated into French by Judith Poirier]

"Kvinnor och demokratiseringen av fackliga organisationer" (Women and the Democratization of the Unions)." In Delad makt: kvinnor ock facklig demokrati. Stockholm: Utbildningsförlaget Brevskolan, 1995, pp. 30-48. [Translated into Swedish by Gunilla Persson]

"The Feminist Challenge to the Unions" (co-authored with Patricia McDermott). In Women Challenging Unions: Feminism, Democracy and Militancy, 1993, pp. 3-19.

"Union Women and Separate Organizing." In Women Challenging Unions: Feminism, Democracy and Militancy, 1993, pp. 89-108.

"Feminist Practice: A New Approach to Evaluating Feminist Strategy." In Women and Social Change: Feminist Activism in Canada, eds. Jeri Wine and Janice Ristock. Toronto: James Lorimer, 1991, pp. 24-40.

"Wir mussen laut sagen, wer wir sind" ("We have to say loudly who we are" ). AuBereuropaische kapitalistische Lander: Frauenbewegungen in der Welt/Band 3. Hamburg: Argument-Sonderband As, 1990, pp. 29-55. [Translated into German by Ursula Wulfekamp]

"How to Effect Change in the Unions." In Strong Women, Strong Unions. Toronto: Participatory Research Group, 1985, pp. 45-56.

"Women and Unions in Canada: a Statistical Overview." In Union Sisters, 1983/85, pp. 28-43.

"Women's Challenge to Organized Labour." In Union Sisters, 1983/5, pp. 259-71.

"Domestic Labour - a Methodological Discussion." In Hidden in the Household, ed. Bonnie Fox. Toronto: Women's Press, 1980, pp. 135-172.

Journal Articles

“Cross-Constituency Organizing in Canadian Unions.” British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 46, No. 2, June 2008, pp. 221-247.

“CUPE On Strike.” Just Labour, Vol.10, Spring 2007, pp. 8-22. Available on line http://www.justlabour.yorku.ca/index.php?page=toc&volume=10.

“From Person-Days Lost to Labour Militancy: A New Look at the Canadian Work Stoppage Data.” Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol 62, No.1, 2007, pp. 31-65.

"Victimization and Agency: The Social Construction of Union Women's Leadership". Special issue on Gender and Industrial Relations. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4, July 2006, pp. 359-378.

“A Caucus of Caucuses: The Next Stage In Union Equity Organizing.” Just Labour, www.justlabour.yorku.ca Vol 6, No. 1, Spring 2006, pp. 101-112.

“Worker Militancies Revealed: Interrogating the Statistical Data.” For the the Union Module of the Gender and Work Database. Posted at http://www.genderwork.ca/cms/displaysection.php?sid=41, May 2006. (20 pages)

“The Conceptual Guide for the Union Module.” Co-authored with Leah Vosko. For the the Union Module of the Gender and Work Database. Posted at www.genderwork.ca, May 2006. (30 pages)

“Union Leadership and Equity Representation.” For the Union Module of the Gender and Work Database. Posted at http://www.genderwork.ca/cms/displaysection.php?sid=41, April 2006. (61 pages)

"The Work Stoppage Data from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada: A Research Note". Just Labour, www.justlabour.yorku.ca, Vol. 5, Winter 2005, pp. 80-89.

"Excavating the Labour Dispute data from Statistics Canada: A Research Note" [with Kristine Klement] Just Labour, www.justlabour.yorku.ca, Vol 4, Summer 2004, pp. 83-95.

" 'Still the Most Difficult Revolution?'." Just Labour, www.justlabour.yorku.ca, Summer 2004, pp. 96-101.

"Women's Organizing: A Gateway to a New Approach for Women's Studies." Atlantis, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2002, pp. 78-91.

"Autonomy, Diversity and Integration: Union Women's Separate Organizing in North America and Western Europe in the Context of Restructuring and Globalization." Women's Studies International Forum, Vol. 22, No. 5, 1999, pp. 543-554.

"Making Equity a Priority: Anatomy of the York Strike of 1997" (co-authored with Janice Newson). Feminist Studies, Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring 1999, pp. 105-118.

"Gendering Union Democracy." Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme [Issue on Women and Work], Vol. 18, No.1, Spring 1998, pp. 35-38.

"Negotiating Power in the Classroom: The Example of Group Work." Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme [Issue on Women and Education], Vol. 17, No. 4, Winter 1998, pp. 23-28.
Reprinted in Canadian Woman Studies: An Introductory Reader, eds. Nuzhat Amin et al. Toronto: Inanna Publications, 1999, pp. 359-369.
Reprinted in Voices from the Classroom: Reflections on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, ed. Janice Newton et al, Garamond Press and Centre for Support of Teaching, York University, 2001, pp. 255-265.
Excerpt reprinted In Gendered Intersections: A Collection of Readings for Women and Gender Studies, eds. C. Lesley Biggs and Pamela J. Downe. Halifax: Fernwood Press, 2005, pp. 37-41.

"Equity and Economic Restructuring in the Canadian Labour Movement." Special issue on `Women's Work and Political-Economic Change', Economic and Industrial Democracy, Vol. 15, No. 1, Feb 1994, pp. 89-112.

Canadian Journal of Education (special issue on feminist pedagogy). Guest editor with Rebecca Coulter. Vol. 17, No. 3, Summer 1992.

"Feminist Pedagogy: Challenging the Normative" (co-authored with Rebecca Coulter). Canadian Journal of Education, Vol. 17, No. 3, Summer 1992, pp. 247-263.

"Identity Politics and the Hierarchy of Oppression: a Comment." Feminist Review, #35, Summer 1990, pp. 102-8.

"Women, Unions and Leadership." Canadian Dimension, Vol. 24, No.1, Jan-Feb 1990, pp. 38-41.
Reprinted in Work in Canada: Readings in the Sociology of Work and Industry, eds. Graham Lowe and Harvey Krahn. Scarborough: Nelson, 1993, pp. 284-291.

"Socialist Feminism: from the standpoint of practice." Studies in Political Economy, No. 30, Fall 1989, pp. 87-114.
Reprinted in Feminism in Action, eds. M. Patricia Connelly and Pat Armstrong. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 1992, pp. 267-293.
Earlier version printed in Social Science Journal as work-in-progress (York University), 1988 edition.

Resources for Feminist Research (special issue on women and unions). Guest editor and co-authored introduction with Lynda Yanz. Vol. 10, No. 2, 1981.

"Toward a Socialist Feminist Movement." Our Generation, Vol. 10, No. 3, 1974, pp. 23-34.

Conference Papers

2011 March “Nurses on Strike in Canada, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.” Invited paper at the International Conference on Strikes and Social Conflicts in the Twentieth Century, Lisbon (upcoming)

2010 May “Union Transformation and Workplace Mobilization: Women and Union Leadership Re-visited.” Invited paper for Gender, Women and Leadership – A Cross National Dialogue, Rutgers University, US.

2010 March “Nurses on Strike: The Feminization of Militancy, the Politicization of Caring Labour, and Union Revitalization.” At the International Labour Process Conference, Rutgers University, US.

2008 June “Trade Unions, Collective Agency and the Struggle for Gender Equality: Expanding the Political Empowerment Measure” at invited seminar on “What is Gender Equality in a Global Era? to launch the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research (Professor Sylvia Walby), Lancaster University, UK

2008 May “Feminisms, Intersectionality, Power and Pedagogy” Invitational Workshop on Moving Feminism Forward. Mount Orford, Quebec (part of SSHRC RDI on Research as if Women Mattered: Canadian Feminist Scholarship in the Global Age)

2008 February “Reflections on Equity in Education and Training.” At Conference on “Integrating Equity and Addressing Barriers in Education and Training: In the Workplace, In the Union.” Sponsored by the Work and Learning Knowledge Centre of the Canadian Council of Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Toronto.

2007 Sept “Cross-constituency Organizing in Canadian Unions: A Vehicle for Union Renewal.” For Track 2: “Voice at Work: New Challenges, New Forms” at the 8th European Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association, Manchester, UK.

2007 June “Gendering Labour Militancies.” At the “Gender as Social Practice” Stream of the Gender, Work and Organization Conference, Keele University, UK

2006 August “Union Women Organizing in Canada: Coalition Building, Constituency Organizing , Representation and Equity Bargaining.” Invitational Theme Panel “Feminism and the Labor Movement: Bridging the Divide”. At the meetings of the American Sociological Association, Montreal.

2006 June “Theorizing Silence and Power: Towards a Pedagogy of Negotiation”. At session on “Epistemologies/Pedagogies of Struggle” at the meetings of the Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Humanities and Social Science, York University.

2006 June "Feminization, Gendering and Worker Militancies". At session on “Theorizing Labour” at the meetings of the Society for Socialist Studies, Congress of the Humanities and Social Science, York University.

2006 June “A Feminist Approach to Analysing Union Women’s Leadership”. At Session on “Contribution of Feminist Theories to the Study of Labour Relations” at the meetings of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association (CIRA), Congress of the Humanities and Social Science, York University.

2006 March “Worker Militancies in the New Economy.” Conference on Restructuring Work and Labour in the New Economy: Exploring Resistance and Alternatives, Initiative on the New Economy [INE], SSHRC, Centre for Research on Work and Study,York University. Portion of audio posted at .

2005 Sept "Feminization, Gendering and Worker Militancies." At conference on Labouring Feminism and Feminist Working Class History in North American and Beyond, University of Toronto.

2005 Sept "Strikes, Lockouts And Wildcats: Canadian Worker Militancies From 1966-2001." At Conference on Strikes in an International Perspective. At the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2005 June "Unpacking The Aggregate And The Average: A New Look At The Work Stoppages Data From Human Resources And Skills Development Canada [HRSDC]." At the Meetings of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Western Ontario

2005 March "Equity Bargaining/Bargaining Equity: A Strategic Agenda and A Research Framework". Conference on Advancing the Union Equity Agenda, Sponsored by the Centre for Research on Work and Society as part of the New Economy Research Alliance, Toronto.

2004 Sept “Worker Militancies and the Vexing Questions of Labour Disputes and Work Stoppages: The Politics of Conceptualization and Measurement.” For the Conference on Gender and Work: Knowledge Production in Practice, sponsored by the Gender and Work Database (GWD), York University

2003 Dec: "Worker Militancy in the New Economy." At the Conference on "Restructuring of Work and Labour in the New Economy", Initiative on the New Economy [INE/ SSHRC], Centre for Research on Work and Society [CRWS], York University

2003 Nov: "Excavating the Work Stoppage and Labour Dispute Data from Human Resources Development Canada [HRDC] and Statistics Canada." At the meeting of the Union Module of the Gender and Work Database [GWD], York University

2003 Nov: " Leadership, Representation and Democracy: From the Point of View of Equity Seeking Groups." At the meeting of the Union Module of the Gender and Work Database [GWD], York University

2002 May: "Women's Organizing: A Gateway to a New Approach for Women's Studies." At the meetings of the Canadian Women's Studies Association, Social Science and Humanities Federation of Canada, Toronto

2000 Nov: "The Equity Project in Canadian Unions: Confronting Globalization and Restructuring." At "Feminist Utopias: Redefining Our Projects", an International Feminist Conference organized by the Institute for Women's Studies and Gender Studies, University of Toronto

1999 Oct: "Using Groundrules to Negotiate Classroom Power." Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives [ISETA], Tempe, Arizona

1999 June: "Using Groundrules to Negotiate Classroom Power Collaboratively." Conference of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education [STLHE], Calgary

1998 July: "Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada and Sweden." Research Committee on Labour Movements, XIVth World Congress of Sociology, Montreal

1998 July: "Autonomy, Diversity and Integration: Union Women's Separate Organizing in the Context of Restructuring and Globalization", Joint Session of the Research Committee on Labour Movements and Research Committee on Women and Society, XIVth World Congress of Sociology, Montreal

1998 May: "Using Groundrules to Negotiate Power in the Classroom" at "Centring on Margins: The Evaded Curriculum", Summer Institute of the Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education (CASWE), Ottawa

1998 May: "Equity in the 1997 York University Strike." Session of the Canadian Women's Studies Association, Learneds, Ottawa

1997 June: "Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada and Sweden." Joint session of Canadian Political Science Association and Socialist Studies Society, Learneds, St. John's, Newfoundland

1997 March: "Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada and Sweden." International Studies Association (ISA), Toronto

1995 Sept: "A Strategic Approach to Negotiating Power in the Classroom." Conference on 'Encouraging Gender Equity: Strategies for School Change'. Sponsored by the Children's Bureau, Health Canada and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa.

1994 Aug: "Gender, Trade Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada" and "Mapping Women's Organizing in Sweden: a Canadian Perspective". Conference on Gender, Public Policy and Women's Organizing in Sweden and Canada, Toronto.

1994 Aug: "Gender, Trade Unions and Women's Organizing in Canada" and "Mapping Women's Organizing in Sweden: a Canadian Perspective". Conference on Gender, Public Policy and Women's Organizing in Sweden and Canada, Toronto.

1993 Aug: "Union Women and Separate Organizing in the Canadian Labour Movement." Conference of the Nordic Association of Canadian Studies, Turku, Finland.

1993 June: "Polarization, Fragmentation and Separatism: the fault lines in building a progressive women's movement." Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Learned Societies, Ottawa.

1992 March: "Union Women and Separate Organizing." Conference on The Politics of Gender within the Trade Union Movement, Toronto.

1991 April: "Autonomy, Integration and Legitimacy: an analysis of socialist feminist practice in Canada." British Association of Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, England.

1990 May: "Autonomy, Integration and Legitimacy: a comparative analysis of socialist feminist practice in Canada, the United States and Western Europe." Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, Canadian Women's Studies Association and Society for Socialist Studies, Learned Societies, Victoria, BC.

1990 May: "Gender-informed Teaching Practices at York University," Canadian Women's Studies Association, Learned Societies, Victoria, BC.

1988 July: "Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation." KEGME (Mediterranean Women's Studies Institute), Spetses, Greece.

1988 June: "A Model of Feminist Practice." Society for Socialist Studies, Learned Societies, Windsor, Ontario.

1988 March: "Socialist Feminism - a critical review." Workshop in Political Economy: Controversies about Socialism, Economics Department, York University.

1987 July: "Ideological Principle and Concrete Practice: A Case Study of Socialist Feminism." The Third International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, Trinity College, Dublin.

1979 June: "Women's Class Location." Canadian Sociology & Anthropology Association, Learned Societies, London, Ontario.

1976: "Women and Class Consciousness." Conference: Women's Studies, Concordia, Montreal.

Research Reports

1992 Brief to the Employment Equity Commissioner on Educational and Employment Equity, coauthored with Veronica Horn on behalf of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). Presented to the Employment Equity Hearings, Feb 1992 Section on Educational Equity reprinted in Canadian Woman Studies, Vol. 12, No. 3 (Spring 1992)

1991 Designed survey questionnaire on "Gender Dynamics in the Classroom" (sent to all female faculty and random sample of male faculty at Carleton University), for the Status of Women Office, Carleton University, Ottawa

Public Lectures

2007 June “Advancing the Union Equity Agenda in Canadian Unions” for the Leadership in Democracy Development Programme, Ruskin College, Oxford (UK)

2007 June “Militancy and Strike Data in Canada” for the Program in International Labour and Trade Union Studies, Ruskin College, Oxford (UK)

2005 Nov "Negotiating Power in the Classroom" Seminar Series, Graduate Programme in Women's Studies, York University

2003 April "Union Women's Organizing in Canada: Defending the Equity Project in the Face of Restructuring and Globalization." Department of Economic History, Uppsala University, Sweden

2001 Oct "Union Women's Organizing in Canada: Defending the Equity Project in the Face of Restructuring and Globalization." McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women, Montreal.

2001 May "Organizing for Equity," University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

1997 Dec "Women and Certification: Organizing for Change," University of Western Ontario

1995 March "The State, Gender Neutrality/Specificity and Women's Organizing in Sweden and Canada," Graduate Program in Women's Studies, York University

1994 May "Women Organizing in Sweden and Canada," Researchers' Square, Kvinnor Kan, Ostersund, Sweden

1994 May "Educating Girls and Women as Agents of Change: a feminist perspective," Kvinnor Kan, Ostersund, Sweden

1993 Fall "Negotiating Power in the Classroom," Uppsala University, Goteborg University, Kvinnofolkhogskolan (Goteborg) and Linkoping University, Sweden

1993 Fall "Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation," Lund University, Uppsala University, Linkoping University, and Goteborg University, Sweden

1993 Fall "Equity and Economic Restructuring in the Canadian Labour Movement," Lund University, Sweden

1993 Fall "Union Women and Separate Organizing," University of Stockholm, and Arbetslivcentrum, Stockholm, Sweden

1993 May "Negotiating Power in the Classroom," McMaster University, Hamilton

1992 Sept Public Lecture Series at Linkoping University, Sweden: "Revealing Classroom Power Dynamics" "Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation" "Feminist Pedagogy: Classroom Practice/ Institutional Practice" "Challenging the Discourse on Feminist Pedagogy".

1991 Jan "Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation, Carleton University, Ottawa

1990 Dec "Feminist Pedagogy," Peterborough (sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, Trent University and the Federation of Women Teachers, Peterborough)

1990 Nov "Feminist Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning Liberation," Toronto Area Women's Research Colloquium, Toronto

1990 March "What is Feminist Pedagogy," Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario, London

1990 March "Feminist Pedagogy: Gender-informed Teaching Practices at York University," Women's Studies Research Group/Institute for Social Research, York University

1990 Jan "Women, Unions and a Feminist Leadership Politic," Institute for Social Research, York University

1988 March "Feminist Organizing for Change," Marxist Institute, Toronto

1987 Nov "Feminist Organizing for Change," Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo

1987 Jan "Taking Action Making Change - Women in the Workplace," Toronto Board of Education

1982 July "The Media Image of the Women's Movement," Summer Institute on Ideology, Ethnography & Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Toronto

Creative Works

The Day the Fairies Went on Strike (for children). Co-authored with Maureen Fitzgerald. Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers, 1982. Translated Quand les fées font la grève. Quebec: Les Editions Heritage, 1986. Partial reprint in Au-délà des mots. Laval, Quebec: Editions HRW, 2002..

Rising Up Strong: a video documentary on the women's movement in Ontario, written and edited (with Lorna Weir) for Rogers Cable TV [shown at the Berlin Film Festival, Art Culture Resource Centre (Toronto) and the Kitchen (New York City); distributed by Development Education Centre, Toronto] (60 minutes), 1981. Updated 1992 (to 90 minutes); distribution taken over by Green Dragon Press

Women in Revolution, a video documentary on women in history, for educational TV, Montreal (30 mins), 1972

Forthcoming

"Merit, Individualism and Solidarity: Revisiting the Democratic Deficit in Union Women's Leadership." In Leaders, Leadership and Change in Trade Unions: Gender and Diversity, New Trajectories eds. Sue Ledwith and Lisa Lotte Hansen. Routledge. (forthcoming 2011)

“Trade Unions, Collective Agency and the Struggle for Women’s Equality: Expanding the Political Empowerment Measure.” In Making Globalization Work for Women: Women Workers’ Social Rights and Trade Union Leadership, eds. Valentine Moghadam, Suzanne Franzway, and Mary Margaret Fonow. State University of New York Press (SUNY) (forthcoming 2010).

“Beyond the Average and the Aggregate: Researching Strikes in Canada.” In New Ways in Strike Research, eds. Sjaak van der Velden and Kurt Vandaele. Amsterdam: Aksant (forthcoming 2010).

Beyond the Average and the Aggregate: Researching Strikes in Canada.” In New Ways in Strike Research, eds. Sjaak van der Velden and Kurt Vandaele (forthcoming).