Northern Woman Journal


Northern Woman Journal


Northern Woman Journal
Published in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Northern Woman Journal (originally called Northern Woman) started in 1973 following the first annual Northern Women’s Conference in order to keep the conference attendees connected. Initially serving as a newsletter of events, local issues, and women’s resources, the Northern Woman Journal quickly became a diverse publication reaching national and international readers. Not only did it serve as a newsletter to keep local women up to date on feminist issues in Northwestern Ontario, but also as a safe space to discuss women’s resources, law, politics, economics, health, racism, sexism, homophobia, feminist organizing and activism, transnational feminist issues, poetry, feminist reading, feminist art, and women’s diverse lived experiences.One of the longest-running feminist perodicals in North America, the Northern Woman Journal reached its end in 1995.

Throughout its 22 years, the Northern Woman Journal was produced by its many collective members, with membership evolving year to year. For many years, the journal worked closely alongside and shared space with the Northern Women’s Centre and the Northern Women’s Bookstore. With the exception of a year-long government grant in the 1970s, the journal relied entirely on subscription fees and donations in order to maintain publishing, which presented challenges throughout its entire existence.

As stated in an early version of the editorial policy, “only by a free and open exchange of views and opinions will we develop a basis for unity which can be used as a basis for action.”

Collection Items

The Northern Woman, Vol 1 Nos 1-7
Vol. 1, No. 1 & 2 (May 1973)
Women’s liberation
General meeting
Women in politics
Women’s conference
Women’s Rights Project
Grassroots movements

Vol. 1, No. 3 (July 1973)
Women’s liberation
General meeting
Crisis shelter

The Northern Woman, Vol 1 Nos 8-9
Vol 1, no. 8 (January 1974)
Editorial policy
Ontario Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Status of women
Ontario Native Women’s Association
Family planning
Housing project

Vol. 1, No. 9…

The Northern Woman, Vol 1 No. 12
Vol. 1, No, 12 (August 1974)

Topics Include:
Editorial Policy (Collective Consensus)
Dr. Henry Morgentaler Court Case
Special Report: Rape Case Kenora
Rape Testimony (Letter To The Editor)
Rape Crisis Centres
Self Defence
Nuclear Family –…

The Northern Woman, Vol 1  No 13
The Northern Woman (Health issue)

Topics include:
Editorial policy
Patient rights
Birth control methods (benefits & disadvantages)
The pill
Intrauterine Devices (IUD)
Voluntary sterilization

The Northern Woman, Vol 1 No 14
Vol. 1, No. 14 (November 1974)
Title: The Northern Woman: Working Women

Topics include:
Herstory (October & November 1974)
Housework Politics
Economy & Value/Worth of Housework
Local Announcements & Events
Low-wage Women’s Work

The Northern Woman, Vol 2 No 1
Vol. 2, No. 1 (January 1975)
Title: The Northern Woman: The Birth of International Woman’s Year

Topics include:
Herstory (December 1974)
Northwestern Ontario Information Caravan
Women in the Workforce
Thunder Bay Women’s Initiative &…

The Northern Woman, Vol 2 No 2
Vol. 2, No. 2 (1975)
Title: The Northern Woman

Topics include:
UN Human Rights Declaration of The Rights of The Child 1959
Oppression/Victimization of Children
Sexism In Career Counselling
International Day for Children
Women’s International…

The Northern Woman, Vol 2 No 3
The Northern Woman: Women’s New Regional Journal

Topics include:
Editorial Policy
Port Arthur Clinic Strike & Allyship
Women Solidarity
Stereotypes & Sexism
“Women’s Libber”
Consciousness Raising Meetings
Disarming Woman…

The Northern Woman, Vol 2 No 4
Vol. 2, No, 4 (1975)
Title: The Northern Woman: Women’s New Regional Journal

Topics include:
Women in Distress
Editorial Policy
Quality of Life
Social Work
Social Workers Burnout
Violence Against Women (Testimonial)
Lesbianism &…

The Northern Woman, Vol 2 No 5
Vol. 2, No. 5 (1976)
Title: Northern Woman: Women’s New Regional Journal

Topics include:
Rape legislation
Editorial policy
Family property law
Rape crisis centre
Letters to the editor
Lesbian experience
International Women’s Year…
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