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Second City, Second Metro: University Women’s Club of Ottawa Advocates for a Big Regional Council

The University Women’s Club of Ottawa was active in all subjects and its members were frequent commentators on local matters. Source: Ottawa Journal, September 8, 1966, 22.

The University Women’s Club of Ottawa (UWCO) was founded in 1910 by a group of fifty-four women with degrees who came together with the intention of forming a similar club for university-educated women to those in Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver. As was the case with many of these voluntary societies, UWCO mission was a blend of social, educational, and charitable ends. In addition to public lectures, to achieve their educational purpose, the UWCO also regularly held study groups on a wide variety of topics. Although they were hardly limited to it, some of the groups represented an opportunity for the members to use their skills and weigh in on the issues of the day.1This is a fairly simplistic boiling down of the UWCO. For an extended look at the history of the first 50 years of the UWCO, see Laurie J. Smith. A Feeling of the Responsibility of Women for Women’: The University Women’s Club of Ottawa, 1910-60Thesis. Ottawa: University of Ottawa, 2002.

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1. This is a fairly simplistic boiling down of the UWCO. For an extended look at the history of the first 50 years of the UWCO, see Laurie J. Smith. A Feeling of the Responsibility of Women for Women’: The University Women’s Club of Ottawa, 1910-60Thesis. Ottawa: University of Ottawa, 2002.