Network of Women in History

What is the Network of Women in History?

Western’s history department works actively to foster the success of its female graduate students. This group started a few years ago as a space for female faculty and graduate students to interact with each other in a casual context. It is meant to provide a space for conversations and thoughtful, low pressure mentoring. We meet about once a month in the department and it is not limited to those who study women or gender. In the past, we have discussed topics such as confidence, gender and teaching, the American presidential election, feminist texts like Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist, and being women in the historical profession.

Please note that the Network of Women in History aspires to create a space inclusive of all self-identifying women across the sexual orientation spectrum. We welcome anyone from across campus to come and join us. While these are primarily attended by members of the history department, we value diverse viewpoints and often have women attend who are not directly in History.

The dates/times for these sessions are determined a few weeks before hand based on the schedules of faculty and graduate students within the department. They will be posted here a week before the session takes place. If you would like to be added to the list serve for information or if you have any questions, please reach out to the current Network of Women in History coordinator, Carla Joubert, at

2018-2019 Sessions

Planning is currently underway for the 2018-19 academic year.  Please return again for updates.


2017-2018 Sessions

 September – "Confidence and Imposter Syndrome" with Professor Katherine McKenna and Robyn Schwarz – Thursday September 21 at 11:30 in Lawson 1227

October – Professor Cristine de Clercy (Political Science), President of Western’s Caucus on Women’s Issues and an expert on Canadian Political Leadership – Tuesday October 17 at 12:30 in Lawson 1227

November – "Intersectional Feminism" with Carla Joubert

December – "Gender and the Archives" with Professor Laurel Shire

January – "Writing Feminist History" with Professor Joan Sangster (Trent)

February – "The Body and Teaching" with Frances Henry

March – "Academic Productivity" with Professor Nancy Rhoden

April – "Managing Healthy Close Relationships While in Grad School" with Luana Buckle