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Thursday, May 21, 2015

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The Canadian Federation of University Women - La Fédération Canadienne des
Femmes Diplômées des Universités (CFUW-FCFDU)- Research/writing opportunity
Expression of Interest deadline: June 1, 2015

Attention: Scholars in Social History and/or Women's Studies

Are you a graduate or post-graduate student looking for a compelling
research topic?
Or perhaps you are an established academic with an interest in tracking the
origins and evolution of one of Canada's foremost national women's
Or you may be newly retired and looking for the kind of satisfying project
that you now have the time to pursue?

The Canadian Federation of University Women - La Fédération Canadienne des
Femmes Diplômées des Universités CFUW-FCFDU, started in 1919 as part of an
international women's peace initiative and then quickly became an
independent, self-funded Canada-wide advocate for promoting higher
education for women, (including sponsoring the research of Dr. Marie Curie)
during the first half of the 20th century.

By the 1960's, with over 100 clubs from all parts of the country,
CFUW-FCFDU became an active participant in advising and recommending
critical social and political changes at both the provincial and national

We are very proud that while little recognized in conventional histories,
CFUW-FCFDU advocacy significantly improved, and continues to improve, the
fundamental rights, freedoms and opportunities of girls and women both at
home and abroad.

Our Offer
As part of our 100th year celebrations, CFUW-FCFDU is looking for a
qualified researcher/writer who will agree to write our organization's
history in the context of Canadian social history in exchange for full
independent access to our archival materials.

Original materials are housed at both our national office and at the
National Archives, both located in Ottawa. Among the archival materials
are: documents in the form of private letters and official correspondence,
speeches, conference agendas, minutes, resolutions, numerous official
briefs and reports as well as many newspaper clippings, extensive
photographic material and privately prepared national, provincial and club
histories including the recently completed biographies of past presidents
and other influential women in our organization.

Primary material is mostly in English, but some is in French with the ideal
candidate able to read both languages.

We are not able to provide funding specifically for this project- but we
will cooperate fully with providing additional information or assistance
for any grant or financing applications that the chosen candidate wishes to
apply for. While still to be determined, the final product would likely be
in an e-book form and made available to our membership and to the general
public. We are open to proposals that would enable a hard-copy publication.

How you can apply:

You can apply by sending us an email outlining your initial "Expression of
Interest" on or before June 1, 2015 to the attention of Brenda Shanahan,
History Committee, at with the following information:

1. Name and full contact information including email and preferred
telephone number
2. Why you are interested in writing our history (500 words or less)
including any ideas you have for funding
3. Your C.V. including any academic or professional projects currently in

Additional information:

CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded group with over 100 Clubs,
and close to 9000 members, located in every province across Canada.
CFUW works to improve the status of women and girls, and to promote human
rights, public education, social justice, and peace. It holds special
consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the
Education Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
CFUW is the largest affiliate of the International Federation of University
Women (IFUW), which represents women worldwide.

To learn more about us, please go to

For any questions, please contact Brenda Shanahan at

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