Notre Histoire

from 1974 to present

March 1974
Founding of NAWL
NAWL founded at a conference at the University of Windsor Law School held on March 14 to 16, 1974. Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau sent a letter to the organizers extending his "warmest greetings" on the occasion of the conference.
January - February 1975
Canadian Conference on Women and the Law: "Women and Labour"
Held at the University of Manitoba on January 30th to February 2nd. Lynn Kaye — one of the NAWL co-founders and a then second year student at the University of Ottawa — made the address to the conference.
January 1977
Second Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law
Held on January 27 to 30, 1977 in Ottawa.
February 1979
Third Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: "Women and Property"
This conference, on "Women and Property", was held in Calgary on February 22 - 25, 1979.
November 1980
Submitted a brief on "Women's Human Right to Equality: A Promise Unfulfilled"
Brief outlined changes that could improve the proposed 1982 Charter legislation.
February 1981
Fourth Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: "The Cost of Being a Woman"
February 1983
Fifth Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: "Women in the Workforce: Affirmative Action and Parental Benefits"
February 1985
Sixth Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: "Who's in Control? Legal Implications of Reproduction and Technology"
July 1985
Brief on "The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: Not Just Words on Paper"
This brief analyzed the Charter and its implications for women. It was written by Dianne Young, Gisela Ruebsaat, Bartha Knoppers, Louise Lamb, Connie Reeve, Gretchen Pohlkamp, Devora Solem and Gwen Brodsky.
February 1987
Seventh Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law on "Section 15 - Equality in the Criminal Justice System and the Workplace: Fact or Fantasy?"
February 1989
Eighth Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: "Women and Law, International Perspectives, Towards Equality"
February 1991
Ninth Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: "The Feminization of Poverty"
February 1993
Tenth Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: "Healing the Past, Forming the Future"
May 1995
Eleventh Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: "Redefining Family Law: The Challenge of Diversity"
November 1997
Twelfth Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: “Access to Justice for Women: The Changing Face of Inequality"
November 1, 1998
Canadian Women and the Social Deficit: A Presentation to the International Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
On the Occasion of the Consideration of Canada's Third Report on the Implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, this presentation to the United Nations sought to bring to the attention the impact on Canadian women of Canada's failure to realize the social and economic rights guaranteed by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
May 2000
Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: "Equality: The Challenge of the New Millennium"
March 2002
Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the National Association of Women and the Law: "Women, Family and the State"