Current exhibitions

On-site and virtual exhibition

Celebrating a history of women at work, this exhibit features samples of rare books and archival documents from the Archives and Special Collections. Together they testify women’s resilience across the centuries in labouring at both paid and under-valued work, and at breaking with traditional concepts of gendered occupations.

Women at work

On-site and virtual exhibition

This exhibit invites you to contemplate Canadian pro-choice protesters’ use of militant direct action and civil disobedience since May 1970. Using material from the Canadian Women’s Movement collection, the exhibit narrates the struggle for safe and legal abortion in Canada, including documents and photographs related to major players such as the Vancouver Women’s Caucus, the Canadian Abortion Rights Action League, and Dr. Henry Morgentaler. 

The Pro-Choice Movement In Canada

Virtual exhibition

From the mid-1970s, as female concern about aging grew, activists of all ages began to speak up and take action. Meet the women who fought age- and gender- based discrimination within this virtual exploration from the University of Ottawa’s women’s archives.

Image Old woman with kids

Virtual exhibition

This exhibit provides a snapshot of the late 1960s' socio-political contexts that led a handful of McGill University students to illegally publish and disseminate millions of copies of handbooks on contraception. The exhibit follows the students' subsequent founding of the Montreal Health Press collective.

Women sitting inside the Montreal health press.

Virtual exhibition

This exhibit invites you to discover key events in the Canadian women's movement, from 1960-2000, using archival documents from the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections.

Various buttons in regards to women's movement.

Virtual exhibition

This virtual exhibit examines how women, both individually and collectively, came to the forefront during Canada’s patriation of the Constitution to enshrine one facet of citizen rights within the national Charter document.

Button "Women and the constitution, February 14, 1981".
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