Fonds F-82 - Ellen Frank fonds

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Ellen Frank fonds

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    • 1974 - 1984 (Creation)
      Frank, Ellen

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    25 cm of textual records

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    Ellen Frank's interest in the women's movement began in 1972, while on a Kibbutz in Israel. At the time she was married, expecting her second child, and reading Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. In April, upon return to Vancouver, Ellen Frank contacted the 'Woman's Centre' and became involved in a consciousness-raising group. Ms. Frank's involvement with the women's movement expanded from these beginnings. She became, in her words, "unmarried," and went to work at the Woman's Place. In addition, Ms. Frank also became involved in organizing around day care issues, came out as a lesbian, and worked around issues of violence against women. She also spent time organizing demonstrations, being active in occupations, and involved in the fight for women's rights in general. Ms. Frank passed away on January 30, 2017.

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    Fonds consists of records created, received and collected by Ellen Frank in her involvement in the women's movement in Vancouver. Activities documented include participation in the Association of University and College Employees (AUCE), the British Columbia Federation of Women (BCFW), the Solidarity Coalition, and activities relating to a number of other feminist organizations, issues, and actions. Includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes, agenda, reports, briefs, newsletters, press releases, notebooks, press clippings, project proposals, posters, and pamphlets.

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    The fonds was donated by Ellen Frank.


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        All accessions have been processed as of September 2002. No further accruals are expected.

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        Finding aid prepared by Krisztina Laszlo, Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (August 1999).

        Updated by Enid Britt (April 2006).

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