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We have something for everyone: book launches, presentation, workshops and more.

Join us as we honour significant events and milestones in women’s movements and look to the future. Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to attend. This is an opportunity for learning, growth, healing and connection.

Our events bring in notable experts, academics and community members. When available, information on upcoming events, exhibits, book launches and more will be listed here! Come meet local and visiting authors from various areas of gender, sexuality and women’s studies and learn about the exhibits and past events that Nellie has been proud to support.

Upcoming NLRL Events

Nellie Library Book Club

Monday, February 26: Preface ("From Sydney's Notebook") – Chapter 6

Monday, March 25: Chapter 7 - End

Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm

Location: Nellie Langford Rowell Library (204 Founders College)

We welcome you to a fun opportunity to relax, meet and engage with others within the wider York community. Please come ready to discuss a book titled, Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab by Shani Mootoo. It is okay if you have not completed the reading as you will still have an opportunity to participate and contribute to a meaningful discussion. Everyone is welcome to come and share their insights, experiences, any questions on this topic, and hear others' experiences. Snacks and hot beverages will be provided!

Please registrar using the NLRL Book Club Registration Form.

Fourth Annual Undergraduate Student Conference & Poetry Slam!

Date: March 7, 2024

Location: Nellie Langford Rowell Library (204 Founders College)

If you are an undergraduate student at York University, and you have recently completed a compelling, thought-provoking project, you are invited to apply to participate in our Annual Undergraduate Student Conference. We are seeking interesting and unique projects, which are engaged with feminist, anti-racist, intersectional, interdisciplinary and/or decolonizing approaches. If selected, depending on the number of applicants, you will be asked to present for 10 – 12 minutes, followed by a brief question-and-answer period. We look forward to receiving a variety of creative and stimulating multi-media projects. This includes, but is not limited to written papers, posters, poetic presentations, storytelling, and visual projects.

The Poetry Slam! is open to all undergraduate students at York University. We are seeking works from aspiring and established poets. Successful applicants will present for a maximum of 10 minutes, followed by a brief question-and-answer period.

Anyone interested in presenting may complete an Undergraduate Student Conference & Poetry Slam! Application.

Annual Events

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Persons Day

Through the efforts of women's groups, October 18th, Persons Day, is historically significant. On this day in 1918, women were given the right to vote in Canada under the Women's Franchise Act. Then on this same day in 1929, women were given the right to be appointed to Senate.
Persons of Asian heritage were restricted from voting unil 1984, Inuit until 1950 and other Indigenous people until 1960.

Check Out the Graffiti Exhibit

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International Women's Day

March 8th is international Women's Day is a day, a time for international solidarity among women and for global awareness of women's rights. It is a day to celebrate the gains women have made and to call for the changes that are still needed.

Check Out Our 2020 Exhibit

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Day of Remembrance

December 6th is the national day of remembrance and action on violence against women and women identifying persons. This day is in memory of 14 women - engineering students and staff - who were murdered in an act of explicit violence against by against engineering students at École Polytechnique in 1989.

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Our Annual Conference

The Nellie hosts an annual undergraduate student conference to showcase interesting and unique projects in the form of written papers, poetry presentations, storytelling and visual art, which are engaged with feminist, anti-racist, intersectional, interdisciplinary and/or decolonizing approaches.

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Sisters in Spirit Vigil

In Canada, October 4th is a time to remember the history and continued pattern of violence against Indigenous women and girls. Each year, this vigil brings communities together to remember the missing and murdered sisters, mothers, aunties, and grandmothers who have been taken by in this systemic social justice issue.