Electronic Communications and Feminist Activism: The Experience of PAR-L

  • Michele Ollivier Harvard University
  • Wendy Robbins University of New Brunswick
Keywords: Communication technologies, Electronic communications, E-mail


Do the new communications technologies, on balance, promote key feminist principles - such as democratic self-governance, equal access to resources, and women's equality - or do they have the opposite effect - creating new barriers and reinforcing inequalities? This study investigates the potential and limitations of electronic communications for social change by analyzing the experience of PAR-L, the first e-mail discussion list set up to encourage the development and dissemination of policy-oriented research and action on feminist issues in Canada.
Original Research