International Women's Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global day that marks the many achievements of women and calls for action to address gender inequality. To mark this important day, we wanted to point out some titles from our Law Books for Libraries list that discuss various legal issues that can and do impact women in Canada.   

In Your Face: Law, Justice, and Niqab-wearing Women in Canada 

This book discusses niqab bans in Canada, drawing on interviews with niqab-wearing women to show their complex identities and the effects of these bans.  

Hiding in Plain Sight: Immigrant Women and Domestic Violence  

Based on interviews with service providers in four BC communities, this book discusses the barriers immigrant women experiencing domestic violence face when trying to access support services.  

Abortion to Abolition: Reproductive Health and Justice in Canada 

This illustrated book tells the true stories behind the struggles for reproductive justice in Canada and shows how ordinary people pushed for abortion access. The author also outlines the threats to reproductive health, such as sexism, transphobia, racism, and the colonial carceral system.  

Women in Criminal Justice: True Cases By and About Canadian Women and the Law 

This book features stories written by Canadian women judges and lawyers discussing significant legal issues and the affect a profession in the legal sector had on their lives.  

Controversies in the Common Law: Tracing the contributions of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin 

Beverley McLachlin was the first woman to be chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. This book is a retrospective of her career there and shows how her approach successfully managed criticism of controversial decisions at that time. 

2023 Law Books for Libraries list coming this spring – stay tuned for new titles!

We are busily working on updating our Law Books for Libraries list to release with the 2023 grant offers. If you have suggestions for books by or about women, gender, justice and law, please reach out to us at