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Women's Issues

Audio Visual Materials Available for Loan from The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. To inquire about a loan contact the Saskatoon Office (306) 933-5952.

After the Montreal Massacre

National Film Board of Canada - 1995
27:14 minutes

After the Montreal Massacre includes testimony from Sylvie Gagnon, who survived a bullet wound to the head on December 6, 1989, the day Marc Lepine killed 14 female engineering students. The video helps us come to terms with these murders and how they relate to the larger picture of violence against women. Includes discussion themes. Suitable for university and senior high school students, and for use by community, youth and church groups.

Asking Different Questions: Women and Science

Armetis Films, in co-operation with the National Film Board of Canada - 1996
51 minutes

How do women fare in the world of science? Is there such a thing as a "feminist science?" This video explores the difficulties women scientists have faced in their fields, looks at the issue of women's participation in science, and recognizes the kinds of contributions women have made. Five women scientists are followed as they work with their communities and for the health of the environment.

Careers to Discover

National Film Board of Canada - 1993
25 minutes

Aimed at a secondary school audience, this video encourages young women to continue their studies in math and science and provides them with the facts they need to make an informed choice about the future. Through the example of five women who have chosen science and the applied sciences as their life's work, the film also provides young women with the kind of inspiring role models they need.

Engineering: Design Tomorrow's World

The Northern Telecom/NSERC Women in Engineering Chair, Faculty of Engineering, University of New Brunswick

This video introduces junior and senior high school students to the engineering profession and encourages young women to consider engineering as an achievable career. It features women engineers discussing their profession, chosen fields of engineering expertise and specific job responsibilities.

Dramatic scenes and commentary cover issues like overcompensation by employers and employees, supervision, discipline and dismissal, overcoming stereotypes and co-worker relations.

Inequity in the Classroom

Office on the Status of Women, Concordia University - 1991
26.41 minutes

This video examines the subtle and covert sexual and racial biases women frequently face in colleges, universities and adult education settings.

Student testimonials and dramatizations highlight the issues while university professors analyze inequity problems based on current research. Related issues like academic freedom and power are addressed too.

The video is complemented by a training and reference manual that offers practical alternatives and solutions to inequities in the classroom.

She's Got Her Ticket and She's Making Choices

Saskatchewan Women in Trades and Technology & Live Wire Film and Video
8 minutes and 15 minutes (with booklet)

Co-produced by Saskatchewan Women in Trades and Technology & Live Wire Film and Video, this educational package is for schools and groups interested in encouraging young girls to investigate exciting new career choices. She's Got Her Ticket (8 minutes) profiles 3 women with careers in trades and technologies, who answer questions many adolescent girls have about such careers and speak of high levels of job satisfaction, a sense of freedom and independence, and a love for physical work. She's Making Choices (15 minutes) provides an opportunity for young people to observe girls in their age group who are already making distinct new choices. The Educator's Kit, designed for grades 7 - 9, provides colour-coded lesson plans, handout masters, and exercises to stimulate creative problem solving by boys and girls in health, social studies and science.

Voices of Change

Why Not Productions, in association with the CBC and the National Film Board of Canada - 1996
92 minutes

Five courageous women confront oppression, injustice and indifference to create a better life for their children, for their communities, and for their nations. The stories of five women from different countries are told: Australia, Guatemala, Canada, Latvia, and Pakistan. The Canadian story is about Tam Goosen, an emigré from Hong Kong. The first non-white school trustee in her area, she and her 16-year-old daughter work towards combating poverty, racism, and sexism in the schools.

What About You? - Can be obtained through Media House Productions

Women's Bureau, Labour Canada - 1991

This video features women in non-traditional jobs - from journey electronics technician, to firefighter to pilot.

It will be of much use to a large audience ranging from high school teachers/guidance counsellors encouraging students to explore career options, to unions in their career workshops, to employers considering recruitment or training requirements.

What About You? comes with a user's guide to facilitate discussion.

Widening the Circle: A Gathering with Young Women

National Film Board of Canada - 1995
25:13 minutes

Widening the Circle is based on discussions of more than a hundred diverse young women, aged 15 to 19, brought together by the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women for three days in April 1992. Part 1, "Sometimes I wear dresses," involves body image and self-esteem. Part 2, "I'm not a racist, but..." addresses racism and prejudice. Part 3, "It's a man's world, Jennifer," considers sexism and the "superwoman." Includes study guide and discussion starters.

The Glass Ceiling

National Film Board of Canada - 1993
27:30 minutes

The Glass Ceiling presents five women who must use strategy, humour and determination on a daily basis in an effort to attain an equitable place in their respective work settings.