Dr. Linda Kealey (North American/Canadian Women’s History, Canadian Social and Health History) holds her doctorate from the University of Toronto. She is the author of Enlisting Women for the Cause: Women, Labour and the Left in Canada, 1890-1920 (1998); and editor or co-editor of Pursuing Equality: Historical Perspectives on Women in Newfoundland and Labrador (1993, 1999), Beyond the Vote: Canadian Women and Politics (1989), and A Not Unreasonable Claim: Women and Reform in Canada, 1880s-1920s (1979). She has published articles in several journals and books, and has recently co-edited with Margaret Conrad the 25th Anniversary special issue of Atlantis on “Feminism and History” (Fall 2000). She serves on the Board of Atlantis and will become its co-editor in 2003.
She is currently engaged in a major collaborative research initiative funded by SSHRCC/NSERC on “Health Care in Resource Dependent Economies: Historical Contexts of Restructuring in Newfoundland and Labrador,” which focuses on 20th century Newfoundland and coastal Labrador, particularly since the 1930s, when government efforts to establish health care services in isolated rural areas took the form of travelling clinics along the coast and the building of cottage hospitals. Such initiatives complemented and sometimes conflicted with the long-established voluntary work of the Grenfell Mission, founded to assist impoverished fishing families in the late 19th century. This research brings together a number of themes: the role of voluntary agencies as well as government in providing health care; the colonial assumptions and framework of the health "experts"; and the gender, race and class factors within the health care system.
Dr. Kealey receives the President's Medal, March 13, 2012. President Eddy Campbell (right) and Gary Waite (left).