Timeline of Provincial Events: 70s


1970 Dec. 7th The report from the Royal Commission on the Status of Women is presented to the House of Commons. The report contains 167 recommendations dealing with a range of issues including housing, daycare, sexual stereotyping, and labour standards.
1972 Apr. The Strategy for Change Conference is held in Toronto to speed up implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Five women attend from Newfoundland.
  May Judge Doris Ogilvie, one of the Commissioners on the Status of Women, is a guest speaker at a seminar sponsored by the St. John's Business and Professional Women's Club. Over 200 women attend. This prompts a second meeting that results in the establishment of the Newfoundland Status of Women Council.
  May 16 A public meeting is held at St. John's City Hall to establish a Newfoundland Status of Women Council. An Interim Committee of fifteen women is chosen to start work on the organization.
  Summer The Social Action Committee of the St. John's YWCA brings Bonnie Kreps to St. John's to speak about the women's movement. She promotes consciousness-raising groups and contributes to discussions on the creation of a St. John's Women's Centre.
  Jul. The Interim Committee of the Newfoundland Status of Women Council publishes its first newsletter.
  Sep. 18 The Newfoundland Status of Women Council holds its first general meeting and selects its first Executive. It has 52 Charter Members.
1973 Feb. The Newfoundland Status of Women Council receives a grant for $3000 to open up a Women Centre. It opens up the "Women's Place" as part of a collective.
  Jun. The "Women for Political Action" meeting is held in Toronto. Eighteen women attend from Newfoundland and Labrador. Once home, Marie Newhook who attended from Corner Brook, begins work on establishing the Corner Brook Status of Women Council.
1974 Nov. The Newfoundland Status of Women Council holds the "Women in Public Life -- Strategy for Change Conference"
  Dec. The first official meeting of the Corner Brook Status of Women Council is held. Marie Newhook is elected as Interim President.
1975   This is Our Work is published by the Education Group of the Newfoundland Status of Women Council. This book, aimed at elementary students, highlights women in "non-traditional" jobs.
  Mar. The Corner Brook Status of Women Council opens a Women's Centre.
1977   Labrador West Status of Women Council has its first official meeting.
  Mar. Labrador West Status of Women Council has its first official meeting.
1978 May/Jun. The Newfoundland Status of Women Council and the Corner Brook Status of Women Council do a study on "The Abuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs by Women in Newfoundland."
  Jun. The official opening of the Newfoundland Status of Women Council's permanent Women's Centre on Military Road. The NSWC was able to purchase the building thanks to loans from several of its members.
  Oct. The first Provincial Conference of Status of Women Councils is held in Corner Brook.
1979   Mokami Status of Women Council starts in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
  Mar. Mary Burt (representing Notre Dame Bay Squid Women) and reps from four Status of Women Councils go to Ottawa to air grievances that women squid fishers are denied IUC benefits, although they are given to men fishers. They win eligibility for the benefits.
  Nov. Rape Crisis Centre in St. John's is declared autonomous to, but still affiliated with, the Newfoundland Status of Women Council.
  Nov. Newfoundland Status of Women Council presents a brief to Lynn Verge entitled "Learning Opportunities for Girls and Women".