Robyn Schwarz

Thesis Title

  • To Be On Your Own: Single Mothers in Ontario, 1957 - 1985


  • Prof. Robert Wardhaugh

Second Reader

  • Prof. Monda Halpern

Main Research Interests

  • Robyn is a feminist educator, writer, researcher, and activist. Her research interests include women’s history, Ontario and Canadian politics, post-1945 Canadian history, welfare and the state, legal history, Canadian-American relations, and abortion/reproductive rights. As an activist-historian, she engages with these issues as a way of trying to understand and affect our current political system. She regularly writes about the anti-abortion movement in North America, and is one of the leading experts on anti-choice activism in Canada today.


  • Articles 

    “A Continental Centennial: Situating Expo 67 within the Canadian-American Relationship” in Celebrating Canada: Commemorations, Anniversaries, and National Symbols, Matthew Hayday and Raymond Blake eds, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018), 313-338.

    “When Protecting Free Speech Means Taking Away a Woman’s Right to Choose: Andrew Scheer and the Anti-Abortion Movement in Canada,” Ricochet Media, January 2018,

    Book Reviews

    Review of Without Apology: Writings on Abortion in Canada, edited by Shannon Stettner, Canadian Historical Review 99, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 126-128.

    Review of The Iconic North: Cultural Constructions of Aboriginal Life in Postwar Canada, by Joan Sangster, British Journal of Canadian Studies 30, no. 2 (Fall 2017): 255 

Conference Papers

  • September 2018 - Community Presentation

    "Standing 4 Choice in Southwestern Ontario” - Pechakucha London, Ontario -

    November 2017 – Seminar Paper
    “Protecting the Nuclear Family: A Gendered Analysis of the 1968 Divorce Act” Western University – Bruce McCaffrey Memorial Graduate Seminar Series

    September 2017 – Conference Paper
    “Encouraging Respect for the Institution of Marriage: A Gendered Analysis of the 1968 Divorce Act” UBC Vancouver - Canadian Political History Group - Power, Politics, and the State in Canadian History 

Archival Travel

  • Archives of Ontario, Toronto, ON
    Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, ON
    Western Archives, London, ON


  • Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada
    Canadian Committee On Women’s History
    Ontario New Democratic Party
    The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
    Reproductive Activism and Abortion Research Network

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