Studies about the Ban Righ Centre

Studies about the Ban Righ Centre

From time-to-time, the Ban Righ Centre has been the subject of studies. We list some here.

Massey, Jennifer, Brooks, Meghan, and Sutherland, Cheryl (2010) Mature Women Students and the Pursuit of Higher Education: An Examination of the Role of the Ban Righ Centre at Queen’s University – copies available at the Ban Righ Centre.

Read a case study of BRC

Campbell, Marion Ellen (1995).  Separation or integration: A case study. The Ban Righ Board of Queen’s University. M.A. dissertation, Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada), Canada. Retrieved July 8, 2010, from Dissertations & Theses @ Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario.  (Publication No. AAT MM00697).


The position and relationships of an organization between and among other social formations is a prime consideration in this study. Some feminists have thought that in order for a women’s organization to successfully negotiate a share in social resources, it must make a “practice” of both separation from–and integration with–other existing social formations. The approach is explored through a case study of the Ban Righ Board at Queen’s University, Kingston. The study draws on historical records as well as interviews with informants. Three primary protagonists are seen to interrelate and determine one another: the women members of the Ban Righ Board; Queen’s University, of which the Ban Righ Board was a constituent member, and the government. The study focuses on the years 1963 to 1974, a period during which these three became sharply delineated and specified. The thesis demonstrates that women and their activities, while not commonly highlighted in general historical accounts, had and still have a determining effect on social development.