Rural Women Making Change


RWMC researchers included women working in the National Farmers' Union Women's Committee (Saskatoon), Canadian Auto Workers Local 88 Women's Committee (Ingersoll), Women Today of Huron (Goderich), the Women's Employment Resources Centre (Woodstock), academics at five Canadian universities and women working in policy processes in different areas of government.

Description of Project:

Rural Women Making Change (RWMC) was a Community University Research Alliance (CURA) funded from 2004-2010 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The six-year program supported rural women's “projects for change‟ in the many settings of their living and working.

Project Goals:

  • To engage rural women's organizations, academics and policy-makers, in a process of identifying and mapping the institutional processes that affect rural women's everyday, in order to strengthen their knowledge and capacities for effective action;
  • To assemble a body of ethnographic knowledge on rural women's organizations and policies that affect them; contribute to scholarly work on everyday practices that concern women in rural communities;
  • To consolidate existing community, scholarly research and new knowledge and make it accessible to those interested in it and who can use it in multiple sites.

Read more about this project:

  • Conference: Gender Relations and the Changing Dynamics of Canadian Rural Life (University of Guelph, May 13-14, 2010)
  • Watch the Standing in Her Shoes, Video series Part 1 and 2