Bernard’s lecture builds on her work with Judith Fingard on Black Nova Scotian domestic workers in the mid-twentieth century. In this lecture Bernard discusses the hardships these women faced and the complex worlds in which they lived. Interested readers should see their joint essay “Black Women at Work: Race, Family and Community in Greater Halifax” in Judith Fingard and Janet Vey Guildford’s Mothers of the Municipality: Women, Work and Social Policy in post-1945 Halifax.
Wanda Thomas Bernard is a professor in the school of social work at Dalhousie University. She is an expert in anti-racist social work practice and issues arising from violence. She is a charter member of the Order of Canada, as well as being considered a woman of distinction by the Canadian Progress club and named a rebel with a cause by the Elizabeth Fry Society.