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A Brief History of Women in Quebec

By Denyse Baillargeon
Translated by W. Donald Wilson
Series Studies in Childhood and Family in Canada Hide Details
Paperback : 9781554589500, 284 pages, July 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554589524, 284 pages, September 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781554589517, 284 pages, September 2014

Table of contents

Table of Contents for A Brief History of Women in Quebec by Denyse Baillargeon and translated by W. Donald Wilson
1. Amerindian and French Women during the French Colonial Period
2. The Early Years of British Rule (1780–1840)
3. A Society on the Path to Industrialization (1840–1880)
4. A New Capitalist Industrial Order (1880–1920)
5. Women in a "Modern" Society (1920–1940)
6. A Society Undergoing Profound Transformation (1940–1965)
7. The Feminist Revolution (1966–1989)
8. Women in a Neoliberal Society (1990–2012)
Selected Bibliography


A Brief History of Women in Quebec examines the historical experience of women of different social classes and origins (geographic, ethnic, and racial) from the period of contact between Europeans and Aboriginals to the twenty-first century to give a nuanced and complex account of the main transformations in their lives.
Themes explored include demography, such as marriage, fecundity, and immigration; women’s work outside and inside the home, including motherhood; education, from elementary school to post-secondary and access to the professions; the impact of religion and government policies; and social and political activism, including feminism and struggles to attain equality with men. Early chapters deal with New France and the first part of the nineteenth century, and the remaining are devoted to the period since 1880, an era in which women’s lives changed rapidly and dramatically.
The book concludes that transformation in the means of production, women’s social and political activism (including feminism), and Quebec nationalism are three main keys to understanding the history of Quebec women. Together, the three show that women’s history, far from being an adjunct to “general history,” is essential to a full understanding of the past. Originally published in French with the title Brève histoire des femmes au Québec.