Based in Canada with global reach, Women’s Studies Online (WMSTonline) is a platform for decolonizing feminist research, education, action, and community-building. Through short courses, lectures, and workshops delivered in a learning community, we provide women with theoretical tools, practical skills, and a feminist social and political network where we can further our thinking, organizing, and action.
Inspired by previous feminist theorizing and action, we build confidence in ourselves, each other, and in the women’s liberation movement today as we work toward a better future for all women and girls through:
WMSTonline builds on feminist theory to help women make sense of their individual lives and to better understand the impact of patriarchy on women and girls as an oppressed class.
We do feminist research and we educate ourselves, each other, academic institutions, governments, non-profit organizations, and the general public about feminism and feminist issues.
We need to turn theory into action so we can begin to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of all women and girls. WMSTonline offers practical and organizing skills that women can use to improve relationships in their personal and professional lives and in their advocacy and activism.
We need a supportive environment to learn and make mistakes in and to practice feminist theory, action, and organizing. WMSTonline provides a social and political network for women to encourage, support, and challenge each other and organize together for greater impact. __________
We believe that Women’s Studies is for all women and girls, not just for students in universities. We work to make sure that Indigenous and women of colour, poor women, disabled women, lesbian women, and other women facing intersectional oppression can learn, teach, research, and take action in a feminist environment.
WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO?
We offer free online lectures with radical feminist writers and activists. Julie Bindel, Renate Klein, and Tamarack Verrall have all given incredible lectures so far! We’ve also produced podcasts and hosted workshops, including a recent 4-week series on second wave feminist presses, networks, and women's archives with Bec Wonders, founder of the Vancouver Women's Library.
There’s much more that we’d like to do to make radical feminist education, skill-building, and the women’s liberation movement accessible and available to more women and girls but we need your financial help to do it!
We’re asking for your help to change the course of women’s lives and strengthen a global movement that has achieved so much and still has so much work left to do. Having a space to learn and build feminist theory and take action with other women is more important now than ever.
We’re raising $5,000 to finance our legal start-up costs; to maintain and expand our website and technology; to launch online Women’s Liberation Studies courses, including the course platform and software, learning community network, mobile applications, facilitator and education costs; and provide an honorarium for the women who are working behind the scenes, at their own cost, to build and establish Women’s Studies Online as a legitimate educational institution. We’ve done a lot with very little so far, but with your financial support we’ll be able to establish the strong foundation we need to make meaningful change in the lives of women and girls and contribute to the global women’s liberation movement.
We are an Indigenous and woman of colour-led organization and this is a chance to demonstrate concrete solidarity in our shared struggles. You can learn more about us at https://wmstonline.com.
We want to express our deep and heartfelt GRATITUDE and APPRECIATION to all who contribute to this fundraising campaign for WMSTonline!
Thank you for supporting our efforts to prioritize and energize grassroots feminist knowledge, consciousness-raising, and critical thinking skills.
Thank you for helping to provide a place for women to share their voices, stories, and analysis without fear.
And thank you for supporting WMSTonline as we build on theory from women’s different and shared experiences as the basis for our collective radical feminist action and organizing.
- Leighann Burns
- Carollynn Downer
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