Fonds 1238 - Margrit Eichler fonds

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UTA 1238


Margrit Eichler fonds


  • 1965-2010 (Creation)

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6.63 m of textual and graphic records, sound recordings and moving images (51 boxes)

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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.

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The records cover Dr. Eichler’s professional work: speeches, publications, and correspondence; legal work; important documentation regarding the Coalition for the Establishment of a Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies, as well as follow up material related to the Commission. Eichler served as part of the committee that established five new Women’s Studies chairs at Canadian institutions and that work and process is documented here. Finally, there is a limited amount of research and papers not already documented in the other series, including Eichler’s days as a student. There is a small collection of media, primarily audio recordings, as well as some photographs, and the DVD Eichler produced Household Work: More than it Seems.

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Restricted. Series 1 is subject to review under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. All other records are open.

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