When it comes to discussing gender equality within Canadian universities, the conversation often stalls at enrollment figures. And certainly, since Grace Annie Lockhart became the first woman in Canada to gain a university degree in 1875, progress has been astonishing:
Over the past three decades, women have gone from representing 32% of university graduates (in the age range 25-29) in 1978 to 60% in 2006  – nearly reversing the gender gap in educational attainment. Further, in the 2011-12 academic year women represented 57% of Canadian university students as a whole, and 55% of the stud …read more
Happy Tuesday everyone and welcome to OUSA’s International Women’s Week blog series!
As International Women’s Day is fast approaching (March 8th), we’d like to take this opportunity to talk about the barriers and issues women are facing everyday in the world of post-secondary education (PSE). International Women’s day “is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.” It might also interest you to know that this day is a national holiday in places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria. Eh Canada – what’s up …read more
Last month’s federal budget brought the announcement of $1.9 billion in new funding for various aspects of Aboriginal education in Canada, including $1.25 billion for funding language and cultural programming. The federal government has indicated that the First Nations Education Act is designed to ensure Aboriginal Peoples control of their education systems, while ensuring education on reserves meets provincial standards. The Act pledges $500 million for infrastructure to ensure schools are maintained and advanced, improving on the 2009 report by the Parliamentary Budget Officer which noted …read more
On this day in history: the Pacific island of New Britain was discovered (1700), New Orleans held its first Mardi Gras celebration (1827), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote (1922), the famous John Steinbeck, Joan Bennett, Elizabeth Taylor, Josh Groban were born … and of course the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance was founded! Where’s our Google Doodle?
Since our founding, OUSA has always prioritized targeting the issues that matter to students. It’s not often that OUSA has had the time to talk about its own history and I think tod …read more