Learn More: Feminist Reading List

Please note that this is not an exhaustive reading list on feminism in the Ukrainian or Canadian contexts, but rather further reading and texts referenced or authored by the interviewees who participated in this research project. 

General Sources on Feminism in the Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian Community (19-20c)

Bohachevsky-Chomiak, Marta. Feminists Despite Themselves: Women in Ukrainian Community Life, 1884-1939. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1988.

Kichorowska Kebalo, Martha. Personal Narratives of Women's Leadership and Community Activism in Cherkasy Oblast. New York City: City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Centre CUNY Academic Works Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects, 2011.

See Chapter Five: Ukrainian Women’s Activism in the Diaspora, p. 141-187. View this text here.  

Pavlychko, Solomea. Trans. Myrna Kostash. Letters from Kiev. New York: St. Martin’s Press in assoc. with the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, 1992.

SUSK (Ukrainian Canadian Students’ Union) Student/Студент Archives. See various issues from the late 1970s-mid 1980s that include articles on feminist themes by the women interviewed for this project here.  

Sources on the Second Wreath Conference

Bociurkiw, Mykhailo. “Feminism and Ethnicity are Topics at Edmonton Women’s Conference”. The Ukrainian Weekly 53, no. 42 (Sunday October 20, 1985): 1, 8-9. Read here

Bohachewsky-Chomiak, Martha. “Edmonton’s women’s conference address: feminism and ethnicity”. The Ukrainian Weekly 53, no. 42 (Sunday October 20, 1985): 5. Read here

Freeland, Halyna. “Другий Вінок” (The Second Wreath). Interview by Chrystyna Chudczak. Student/Студент vol. 16, no. 83 (July/August 1984): 4-5. Read here

Kostash, Myrna. "Second Wreath". NeWest Review. March 1986: page 2-3.

Raycheba, Helen. “The Second Wreath Conference 1985”. Промінь/Promin’, (January 1986): 17-18. 

Texts and Archives on Halyna Freeland and Common Woman Books

Provincial Archives of Alberta:

PR2092 Common Woman Books Fonds

PR2400 Halyna Freeland Fonds

Freeland, Halyna. “Custody rights for the nonconventional mother”. Law column of Branching Out (Vol 5, no. 1 1978). View here.  

Texts by Myrna Kostash

Myrna Kostash's Website

Kostash, Myrna. “Baba Was a Bohunk and So Am I—a Stranger, Despite Three Generations in Canada”. Journal of Ukrainian Graduate Studies, vol 2, issue 1 (1977): 69-78. Read here

Kostash, Myrna. All of Baba‘s Children. Edmonton: NeWest Press, 1986.

Kostash, Myrna. “Leonid Plyushch—His Prairie Odyssey”. In Yarmarok: Ukrainian Writing in Canada Since the Second World War. Jars Balan and Yuri Klynovy, eds, 83- 90. Edmonton: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta, 1987.

Kostash, Myrna. “Will the Real Natasha Please Stand Up?: Women in the Soviet Union”. In Twist and Shout. Susan Crean, ed., p. 143-155. Toronto: Second Story Feminist Publishers, 1992.

Kostash, Myrna. “Power and Control: A Feminist View of Pornography”. THIS Magazine July/August 1978. Read here.  

Fee, Margery, Sneja Gunew and Lisa Grekul. “Myrna Kostash: Ukrainian Canadian Non-Fiction Prairie New Leftist Feminist Canadian Nationalist”. Canadian Literature 172 (Spring 2002): 114-143. Read here

Smyth. Donna E. “Interview with Myrna Kostash: “A Western, Ukrainian, Regionalist, Feminist, Socialist Writer”. Atlantis vol 6., no. 2 (1981): 178-185. Read here

Texts Written and Referenced by Olenka Melnyk 

Melnyk, Olenka. No Bankers in Heaven: Remembering the CCF. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1989.

Melnyk, Olenka. What’s Cooking in Women’s History: An Introductory Guide to Preserving Archival Records About Women. Edmonton: Northern Alberta Women’s Archives Association, 1993.

Branching Out Archive 

Jordan, Tessa. Feminist Acts: Branching Out and the Making of Canadian Feminism. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2019.

Texts and Presentations by Marusia Petryshyn

Petryshyn, Marusia K. “The Changing Status of Ukrainian Women in Canada: 1921-1971”. In Changing Realities: Social Trends Among Ukrainian Canadians, Roman Petryshyn, eds., p. 198-212. Edmonton: The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 1980.

Round table with Dr. Roman Petryshyn, Marusia Kucharyshyn, Dr. Bohdan Krawchenko, and Andriy Semotiuk. “Multiculturalism Then & Now: Thoughts from the Perspective of Fifty Years.” Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2021. The Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta. May 28, 2021.

Texts by Sonia Maryn

Maryn, Sonia. “Ukrainian Canadian Women in Transition: From Church Basement to Board Room”. Journal of Ukrainian Studies 10, no. 1 (Summer 1985): 89-96. Read here.  

Maryn, Sonia, The Chernochan Machine Shed: Ukrainian Farm Practises in East Central Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta : Alberta Culture, Historical Resources Division, 1985. Read here

View Euromaidan Press articles edited by Sonia Maryn here


Below are two documentaries produced by founding member of the Hromada Housing Co-op Lida Somchynsky. Eclectic and Fine Tuning explores how two young Ukrainian Canadian women navigate this ethnocultural community in late 1980s Edmonton, Alberta. A New Way of Living, co-produced by Lida Somchynsky and Duane Burton, profiles three housing cooperatives in Western Canada: the Hromada Housing Cooperative in Edmonton, Alberta, the St. Isidore Housing Cooperative in St. Isidore, Alberta, and the Maudan Gardens Housing Cooperative in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Eclectic and Fine Tuning, produced by Lida Somchynsky, 1988. 

A New Way of Living, produced by Duane Burton and Lida Somchynsky, 1992. 

Note that the copyright for Eclectic and Fine Tuning and A New Way of Living reside with the producers. These films cannot be reproduced, altered, or modified without their permission.