Women's-Only Gym Time 

Hours & Services

All women’s-only gym times sessions are held in the Ryerson Athletics Centre (RAC) at 40/50 Gould Street. The space that is sectioned off is the strength and conditioning equipment. Curtains are in place to ensure the space is private.

  • Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays: 9:30am to 11:00am
  • Tuesday and Thursdays: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Why Women’s-Only Hours

Ryerson Athletics has a mandate to promote healthy living on campus which includes creating equal access to its facilities. Women’s-only hours is a targeted program that strives to promote equitable participation and access to physical activity for self-identified women.

Each member of the Ryerson student community contributes financially to the athletics facilities on campus. While every member has equal access to equipment, a large number of students have indicated a culture that makes access to healthy living on campus difficult. By implementing women’s-only gym hours we are creating spaces to counter cultures that marginalise women-identified students from accessing university resources.

Trans Inclusion

Women’s-only Gym Time is trans inclusive. We are still working on determining trans inclusion policies, procedures and language.

There are also all-gender change rooms located in KHW 270 and requires a password to access. Please visit http://rutranscollective.tumblr.com/allgenderchangeroom for more details.

The Campaign

The Ryerson Students’ Union, Centre for Women & Trans People, Racialised Students’ Collective and Ryerson Muslim Students’ Association collected over 2000 petitions and over 1300 surveys in 2013/14 as part of the campaign for Women’s-only Gym Time. While the hours were implemented the following year, work is still being done to implement all the recommendations.

Summary Of Recommendations

  1. Develop a women’s-only gym time program that is consistent, year-round, and takes place during diverse times throughout the week.
  2. Ensure that a women’s-only gym time program is substantial, diverse, and meets the needs of women-identified students, staff, or faculty on campus.
  3. Ensure that a women’s-only gym time program is well communicated to students, staff, and faculty.
  4. Develop a policy which illustrates the necessity of offering a women-only gym time program on campus, and outlines Ryerson Athletics commitment to providing women’s-only gym time programming.
  5. Hire women-identified people to operate, and supervise athletics facilities during women’s only gym hours.
  6. Ensure that the facilities where the program takes place are private, and not visible to the public.

Download the full Report on Women’s-Only Gym Time.

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