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Stories tagged: Gender history

The Other Side of Emily Murphy

Terry Jorden

Shortly after entering Emily Murphy Park, which sits on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River between Groat Bridge and…

Alice Mailhot Ross: Canada’s first female architect?

Cheryl Mahaffy

Growing up, Alice Mailhot set her sights on being an engineer like her father. Perhaps Zepherin Mailhot’s life in frontier…

Womonspace: Creating Space for Edmonton’s Lesbian Community in the 1980s

Josephine Boxwell

Womonspace was a social and recreational group for lesbians founded in 1981. Part of Edmonton’s LGBTQ landscape for over thirty…

Nellie Carlson and the Indian Rights for Indian Women movement

Bruce Cinnamon

Disclaimer: Due to the importance around the legal designation of Indian status, this article sometimes uses the term “Indian” to…

The Weather Woman of the West: Eda Owen and the Highlands Dominion Meteorological Station

Bruce Cinnamon

Edmonton’s history is full of remarkable women. From Beatrice Carmichael to Thelma Chalifoux, from Betty Stanhope-Cole to Felicia Graham, from…

Shapeshifting: The Men’s Faculty Club, the Faculty Women’s Club, and Gender at the University of Alberta

Sally Scott

As the century continued, Edmonton entered a heyday of its own, including the opening of the University of Alberta in…

Beatrice Carmichael – The Grand Dame of Edmonton Opera

Peggy Donnelly

Known to her students and close friends as Auntie Van, Beatrice Carmichael was a classically trained musician from Chicago, who…

Metis Matriarch – Thelma Chalifoux

Jenna Chalifoux

Our mothers are more than just a physical person, just as our houses are more than just a structure to…

Mind the Gap – Working Women in Edmonton’s history

Natalie Zacharewski

In the book Women: Her Character, Culture and Calling published in 1890 the author writes; Woman the half of humanity, and…

Betty Stanhope-Cole and the mystery of the missing plaque

Brendan Thompson

Just east of the Capilano Bridge, there is a small park overlooking the Highlands Golf Club. It has a view…

A Place for Women: The Wauneita Society at the University of Alberta

Sally Scott

In 1908, Alberta premier Alexander Rutherford’s dream came to fruition. The University of Alberta was formed in Strathcona, and class…

The Mountifield House

Lawrence Herzog

Designed by renowned local architect James Edward Wize and built in 1905, the Mountifield House was one of Oliver’s earliest…