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Feminist Journeys

Editor of Feminist Journeys

Photo by Claudette Gravel

The first volume is a rich and varied collection of feminist “click” stories.  It is edited by Marguerite Andersen.

In response to an open call, women from all parts of Canada tell how they made the connection between their girlhood or womanhood, and what was happening in their lives.

The contributors are diverse, illustrating the interplay of gender, race, class, geography, culture, dis/ability, language, sexual identity, and age in women’s experiences.

The collection speaks to what is at the heart of feminism – a deep desire for the full development of every girl and woman, a dedication to an affirming society, a capacity for openess and learning,  a committment to community, and, a willingness to make change personally and systemically.

The personalities and experiences, turning points and transformations, jump from the page, embracing the reader in a journey to both familar and new places.

Marguerite Andersen, born in Germany, is a teacher, a writer, a mother and grandmother, who has lived in Canada since 1958.  She has taught at all levels, including  the University of Guelph (where  she was Chair of Languages and Literature and a founder of the first women’s studies program in Canada), Concordia University and Mount Saint Vincent University (where she held the Nancy Ruth Chair in Women’s Studies).  In 1971, she published Mother was Not a Person, a collection of feminist essays that sold a remarkablee 6,000 copies.   Marguerite has published more than ten works of fiction, short stories and poems.

2011 Up-coming Annual Book

Author of up-coming 2011 bookook

At Le Train Bleu, Paris, 2010

Michele Landsberg is one of Canada’s most respected and recognized journalists.

With a voice all her own, coming from a deep feminist inside, Michele has engaged with the second wave of the women’s movement in Canada more than any other writer in Canada.  Her perspective and experience spans the full 50 years from 1960 to 2010.  Her opinions, always careful and sometimes controversial inside and outside the movement, have mattered to women’s lives.

After graduating from the University of  Toronto in 1962 (it awarded her an honorary degree n 2008), Michele joined The Globe and Mail.  From 1971 to 1978, she was part of the halcyon days of Chatelaine, then under the editorship of Doris Anderson.

Apart from a return stint with The Globe and Mail, Michele wrote a daily column in the Toronto Star from 1978 to 2005.  Ostensibly retired then, Michele continued her activist work and chaired the board of Women’s College Hospital until 2009 during a critical phase in its on-going fight to stay women-centred and run.

Revisiting what her columns chronicled about the second wave of the women’s movement in Canada, Michele will reflect on the characteristics, successes and failures of this movement over its 50 years.  With her trademark blend of kindness, toughness, bluntness and humour, we will hear her distinctive voice on where we have been and where we should go.

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