Discovering Our History: Late Twentieth Century Feminist Organizing in Victoria, British Columbia
Victoria, BC has a thriving community of feminist activists that are quite visible within the city today, but it also has a rich history of feminist organizing that seems to have largely disappeared from the landscape of the city. Instead, this history lives in archives, like the University of Victoria Archives, where I found collections relating to the Everywomans Books Collective and the Victoria branch of Women Against Pornography (WAP). By tracing how these organizations that operated at the end of the 20th Century navigated issues like sex work, pornography, and outreach and education of other women, we as feminists are able to see where the work we do came from and what is still left to do. This paper connects the work of these organizations to work that is currently being done in Victoria and Vancouver in the hopes that building these connections will allow us as activists to better chart future actions and to remind us that these issues are not new and we are not the first ones to attempt to tackle them.
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