"I Discovered More than Book Knowledge": York University's Bridging Program for Women

  • Andrea O'Reilly York University, is the founder and director of The Association for Research on Mothering, Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering and Demeter Press. She is author and editor of 14 books on motherhood, and has taught in York's bridging program since 1998 and served as its co-ordinator from 2002-05.

Abstract

This article examines York University's Bridging Program for Women from the perspectives of 37 of the program's graduates, showing how this program made possible the empowerment of women over the last quarter century. It focuses on three reoccurring themes found in the students' narratives: security, community, and validation. Résumé Cet article étudie le programme de préparation à l’emploi pour les femmes de l’université York à partir des perspectives de 37 des finissantes programme, démontrant comment ce programme a rendu possible la prise en main personnelle des femmes au cours des dernières vingt-cinq années. Il se concentre sur trois thèmes recurrents trouvés dans les narrations d’étudiantes : la sécurité, la collectivité, et la validation.
Published
2009-01-01