Distinguished Professor Emerita
Past-President of the Canadian Historical Association (1991-1992)

Campus: Waterloo
Email: gcbrandt@renison.uwaterloo.ca

Research Topics:

Women and work in Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries; working women in Quebec; Canadian women’s organizations in the 19th and 20th centuries

Present Research Interests:

Completing a monograph which outlines the involvement of women workers in the Quebec textile industry from 1890 to 1950. This research relies heavily on oral history and follows the working lives of four cohorts of female textile workers employed in Valleyfield and Magog. Principal areas of investigation include the transformation of women’s work in the industry, the importance of women’s labour to the development of the industry, the relationship of female workers to organized labour, and the effect that women’s paid labour had on their domestic lives.

Representative Publications:

  • Naomi Black and Gail Cuthbert Brandt, Feminist Politics on the Farm: Rural Catholic Women in Southern Quebec and Southwestern France ( Montreal & Kingston : McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1999).
  • and Wendy Mitchinson, Paula Bourne, Alison Prentice, Beth Light and Naomi Black, eds. Canadian Women: A Reader (Toronto: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1996).
  • and Alison Prentice, Paula Bourne, Beth Light, and Naomi Black, Canadian Women: A History, 2nd edition (Toronto: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1996).