Fonds 10-006 - Helen Levine fonds

The Women are Coming

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Helen Levine fonds

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CA ON0034 10-006

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8.34 m of textual records
110 prints: posters
36 shirts
100 photographs

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"Helen Levine (nee Zivian) was born in Ottawa in 1923. She was a social worker, activist and professor. At the School of Social Work at Carleton University, she introduced women's issues and feminist perspectives into the curriculum for the first time. She received the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case for advancing the equality of women in Canada.
Helen Levine was actively involved in the women’s movement since the late 1960s. She was a member of the Faculty of the School of Social Work at Carleton University from the mid-1970s until 1988. Upon retiring, she practised feminist counselling as well as speaking and doing workshops on topics related to women’s personal and political struggles. She was a member of the Crones, a group of older feminists; of a singing group called Sistersong; and of Woman-to-Woman, a feminist counselling project in Ottawa. She published many articles, most of which have been critiques of the conventional helping professions and of the issues related to a feminist counselling approach. In October 1989, she was one of six women across Canada to receive the Person’s Award, in recognition of her contribution to improving the status of Canadian Women.
Helen Levine died in Ottawa in 2018.
Helen Levine (née Zivian) est née à Ottawa en 1923. Elle était assistante sociale, militante et professeure. À l'École de travail social de l'Université Carleton, elle a introduit pour la première fois les questions relatives aux femmes et les perspectives féministes dans le programme d'études. Elle a reçu le prix du gouverneur général en commémoration de l'affaire ""personne"" pour avoir fait progresser l'égalité des femmes au Canada.
Helen Levine a participé activement au mouvement des femmes depuis la fin des années 1960. Elle a été membre de la faculté de l'école de travail social de l'université de Carleton du milieu des années 1970 jusqu'en 1988. Après avoir pris sa retraite, elle a pratiqué le conseil féministe et a donné des conférences et des ateliers sur des sujets liés aux luttes personnelles et politiques des femmes. Elle a été membre des Crones, un groupe de féministes âgées, d'un groupe de chant appelé Sistersong et de Woman-to-Woman, un projet de conseil féministe à Ottawa. Elle a publié de nombreux articles, dont la plupart étaient des critiques des professions d'aide conventionnelles et des questions liées à une approche de conseil féministe. En octobre 1989, elle a été l'une des six femmes au Canada à recevoir le Prix de la personne, en reconnaissance de sa contribution à l'amélioration de la condition des femmes canadiennes.
Helen Levine est décédée à Ottawa en 2018."

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The Helen Levine fonds, 1931-2018, documents Helen Levine’s activities within the women's movement, as well as her social work and teaching career at the School of Social Work of Carleton University. The fonds illustrates Helen Levine’s implementation of a feminist perspective into school curricula.
The fonds also reflects Helen Levine's advocacy and social work practice. The fonds features conference and workshop programs as well as administrative records, news clippings, and resource materials. The advocacy records show Helen Levine's community work and her involvement in issues such as motherhood, friendship, violence against women, and women's rights. The fonds also contains Helen Levine's published works and personal correspondence.
Le fonds Helen Levine, 1931-2018, documente les activités d'Helen Levine au sein du mouvement féministe, ainsi que sa carrière de travailleuse sociale et d'enseignante à l'École de travail social de l'Université Carleton. Le fonds illustre la mise en œuvre par Helen Levine d'une perspective féministe dans les programmes scolaires.
Le fonds reflète également les activités de défense des droits et la pratique du travail social d'Helen Levine. Le fonds contient des programmes de conférences et d'ateliers ainsi que des dossiers administratifs, des coupures de presse et des ressources documentaires. Les documents relatifs à la défense des droits montrent le travail communautaire d'Helen Levine et son implication dans des questions telles que la maternité, l'amitié, la violence à l'égard des femmes et les droits des femmes. Le fonds contient également les ouvrages publiés par Helen Levine et sa correspondance personnelle.

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Helen Levine made several donations to the University of Ottawa Archives and Special Collections. She donated documents related to her teaching career at Carleton University School of Social Work in October 1993. She donated her collection of t-shirts and posters in August 2010. In January 2019, Oonagh Berry gave original handwritten manuscript of the correspondence between herself and Helen Levine with two copies of the letters published as "Between Friends," Second Story Press, Toronto, 2005.


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The majority of the fonds is open and accessible, however, some files are restricted for a predetermined period of time in keeping with relevant privacy laws. Please ask ARCS staff for further information.

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Revised in March 2019.

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  • English

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  • Latin


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