Look in the newspaper or a
Sometimes there is nothing at first glance, but look closely...
don't forget to check the sports section!
Bring to your session a week's worth of newspapers or some
Canadian magazines. Even some teen movie star magazines are good.
Have the girls search, either individually or in a team, for
something representing famous Canadian women. Do you think that
anyone will think about clipping the cartoon "FOR BETTER OR
FOR WORSE" by Lynn Johnston?
Watch your mail...any stamps on your letters? Canadian women
are often featured on Canadian stamps. Check it out at a Postal
Station next time you visit. Ask the postmaster if there are any
new stamps with women on them.
Watch your own mail for stamps on Canadian Women. For the last
few years women have been regulars on Canadian stamps. No luck
finding your own stamps? Contact the philatelic section of Canada
Post. Ask them to send out some information brochures on Canadian
stamps featuring women. If you are connected search Canadian
Philatelic sites on the internet.
Do you watch television? Do you go to the movies? Do you know
any Canadian television personalities who are women? What about
any Canadian women who are movie stars?
You should be able to fly solo with this one. Who does your
evening news? Ever watch the Dini Petty show? Watch children's
programs? Check Canadian content on CBC, CTV, or Global. Marie
Soleil lives here in the Ottawa Carleton area.
Do you play CD's? Rock music...Country music...Pop music? Look
at the information on the CD package. These package covers often
have information about the performers.
Search your own CD collection... the covers are great. Even
Anne Murray's "Hippo in a bathtub" is on CD now!
Do you read books? Book jackets have photographs and stories
about the authors. Next time you are at the library check out the
information about the author on the book jackets. Go ahead... ask
the librarian. Librarians will be happy to help you find a
Canadian woman author. You may even be surprised!
Time to visit the library yourself. Ask a librarian for help if
you are in a hurry.
The INTERNET can be a fun place to look. Be careful of the
information. Make sure it is a site done by a professional and
that the information is correct.
Search by name (Roberta Bondar). Search by profession
(astronaut). Search by interesting institutions (National Museum
of Science & Technology.) Search government sites (Status of
Women, National Library of Canada, National Archives of Canada) Be
prepared. I found it was a lot of work. Do your homework first and
take the girls directly to the best sites. Remember to check the
dates the sites were updated, and consider the source site to make
sure it is reliable.
Can you think of other places to look for information on Famous
Let your imagination run wild... think of the names of schools
in your area or province... think of the names of big buildings in
your area or province...what is the name of your skating arena?
Does your city/town/area have a wall/hall of fame? Been to an art
gallery lately? Canadian History is part of grade 8. Will you
local schoolteacher help?