Woman Alive notice in Kinesis.

Woman Alive Series: Vancouver Status of Women

Related fonds

Women In Focus

About Vancouver Status of Women

“VSW was founded in 1971 to ensure that the recommendations of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women were implemented. With funding from the federal government and later the provincial government of B.C. and the City of Vancouver, VSW maintained a staff of as many as 13 women in its initial years. These women conducted research and prepared education.” – Excerpted from Vancouver Status of Women – Our Herstory [2015]  VSW published Kinesis magazine 1974-2001 and was Canada’s longest running feminist publication. When provincial funding was drastically reduced in March 1978 by the Socred government, VSW committed to publishing Kinesis, and deprioritized Woman Alive.


About Woman Alive

Woman Alive was a volunteer-run weekly educational video series sponsored by VSW. The first series ran September – December 1973. It was produced by Ann Petrie, who was also credited with arranging the program with Channel 10 community cable channel. Episodes were aired weekly and ran 30 minutes. VSW Council Ombudswoman, Glinda Sutherland, hosted. For a time, Woman Alive was broadcast on Channel 10 (Vancouver), Community 10 (North Shore), and Western 10 (Surrey)


Custodial History

Deposited at the Video Inn Library by Vancouver Status of Women, c.1970s.



The CDMLA stewards sixty 1/2″ Open Reel videotapes in the series [produced between 1975-1979 only].


Finding Aid

The Woman Alive series has not been digitized and case information is minimal. The series is scheduled to be digitized by 2022. It will be catalogued as it is digitized.

PDF _SW Woman Alive Episodes

Note for researchers: Marion Barling, founder of Women In Focus (WIF) volunteered with Woman Alive in its first year. WIF’s cable series was similar in style and had an overlap in subject and guests. See Related Fonds.



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