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Margrit Eichler was born in Berlin, Germany, 28 September 1942. She attended the University of Goettingen (1962-65), and the Free University of Berlin (1965-66). She received her MA from Duke University in 1968, and her Ph.D. in 1972.
She began teaching at the University of Waterloo in 1971 before joining the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 1975. She has worked at OISE and also the Sociology Department at the University of Toronto in a variety of roles throughout her career. As of 2013, she is Professor Emerita with the University. Her research themes and areas of interest include non-sexist research methods, new reproductive technologies, contemporary families, and related issues. She has written and published extensively on these subjects, as well as authored a children’s book, Martin’s Father.
Dr. Eichler’s career has included extensive service on committees, editorial boards, and consultation services. Highlights include, working on the committee to establish five new university research chairs in Women’s Studies; the coalition to call for a Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies; a consultant to the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, various levels of government, as well as an export witness at a number of tribunals. She held the Nancy Rowell Jackman Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (1992-93); and is the recipient of many honours and awards.