History is a living document we are writing every day, and it is the role of the Canadian Museum of Women's History to add accuracy to our national story.
CMWH will fulfill its role by amplifying the little-known and untold stories of the contributions all women - including pre-colonial women and those who self-identify as women - have made to the lands now known as Canada.
Its mission is to weave strands of women’s history into Canada’s rich and tumultuous narrative, further acknowledging and advancing the role of women in society.
With the wealth of pertinent information and artifacts available, a museum to preserve and display these will serve this purpose.
The work of CMWH is grounded in a feminist, gender diverse, anti-racist, and anti-oppression framework, including learning from struggles and movements against racism and other forms of oppression.
We particularly recognize the impact of colonization and racism on Indigenous girls and women.
The Canadian Museum of Women’s History (CMWH) will fill a void in our country’s current institutional structure by providing a permanent home to accurately recognize the contributions of pre and post-colonial women to our nation.
A dedicated space to strengthen Canada’s identity and recognize the achievements of trailblazing women, CMWH will be a place to:
Present an annual program of activities and events celebrating milestones in gender equality and the activists and advocates who led national and international causes in their communities, provinces, and territories.
Establish a central archive and catalogue of artifacts
Partner with similar institutions in the development of programs and solutions to address societal challenges specific to women.
Showcase the historical struggles, challenges, achievements, and successes of women.
Raise awareness and engage audiences through live events such as exhibit openings, symposiums, and festivals
Recount achievements and stories to inspire and encourage visitors to share their stories.
Act as a vehicle to enhance Canada’s aspiration as a world leader of human rights.
We aim to see the CMWH operational by 2025.
CMWH’s business development plan will review a range of revenue-generating initiatives and campaigns around:
● private sector donations
● philanthropic contributions
● larger sponsorships and naming rights
● support from all levels of government
● individual donations
● in-kind opportunities
● volunteer time and support
● on-site visitor donations and ticket sales
● activities and event registrations
● rental income (administrative spaces rented to women’s organizations)
The Canadian Museum of Women's History is an Affiliated Member of the International Association of Women's Museums.
On August 16th 2022, CMWH became an institutional member Kingston Association of Museums Art Galleries and Historic Sites.
On July 1, 2021 The Canadian Museum of Women's History was incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.
(Corporation Number 1311603-4).