The Victoria Women's Movement Archives
Submitted by Helen Rezanowich
"Before September 1995, the history of Victoria women’s struggle for equality was gathering dust in basements and attics around the city. Records of the work to improve social, economic and political conditions for women were inaccessible and in danger of being lost.
That changed when activists Susan Moger, UVic alumna, and Debby Yaffe, Women’s Studies Senior Instructor, decided to collect newsletters, flyers, correspondence, photos, meeting minutes and posters and find them a home.
The women's liberation movement was the centre of our lives,' Yaffe says. 'It didn't matter what we were doing or who we were doing it with. You could go to meetings every day of the week.' Moger and Yaffe worked with University of Victoria Archivist Jane Turner to establish the Victoria Women's Movement Archives.
Dozens of activists from the local women's movement gathered in University Archives on September 21, 1995 to celebrate the establishment of a permanent archive documenting the important contributions of local women. Among the first donations to the Archives were materials from the University Women's Club, Everywoman's Books, LesbiaNews, the Women's Building Society, and the UVic Women's Action Group.
Today, the Victoria Women’s Movement Archives is one of only a handful of similar collections across Canada."