Lectures to Probe History of Women's Rights

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IN two decades as a history teacher at Kelvin High School, Donna Goodman rarely found a word in the textbooks about the women's rights movement.

An empowered woman, a scholar, a dedicated teacher -- Goodman is not the kind of person to let that go.

"It was one united battle for rights of half the population, yet it has been virtually invisible from history courses," Goodman said. "The heroines we could have had growing up, we had no information on."

Now retired, Goodman will redress some of that absence of information with a series of four lectures at the University Women's Club on the history of the suffrage movement in Canada, the U.S. and Great Britain, beginning Nov. 6.

Goodman calls it Hidden from History -- Herstory.

Women such as Nellie McClung and Cora Hind were pioneers for women's rights in Manitoba, not just getting the vote, but full rights, said Goodman.

She recalled that back in the 1980s she got a call from Prof. Ron Kirbyson -- whose son, Geoff, now a Free Press reporter, was in her class -- asking for help with a history book project to be used as a textbook in Ontario public schools.

"I kind of foolishly agreed to it, not knowing what was involved," laughed Goodman. …