Monday, November 4, 2019

Book Review ~ 100 Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces by Merna Forster


Just before the 2019 Federal Election I saw a post on Facebook urging women to vote. To remember that it was women like Susan B. Anthony who had fought for our right as women to vote.

Because Canadian women in history seem to be found only in footnotes of history books, many women don't realize that it was Emily Murphy, Irene Marryat Parlby, Nellie Mooney McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney and Henrietta Muir Edwards who were responsible for women being seen as persons under the law. Yep, before they won their battles in courts and goverment in Canada and in England, women were not considered as persons.

Merna Forster attempts to fix this dearth of women in Canadian history by researching and writing 100 Canadian Heroines. It is a very interesting book.

It was kind of frustrating/annoying that most of the women featured in this book came from privileged backgrounds. But I then realized that they would be the only women who would have the time, finances and support to step above the norm to become pilots, doctors, opera singers, politicians and such.

Not all the women were likable and some were downright annoying but you have to give them credit for accomplishing so much.

I just found out there is a new book by Merna Forster . . . 100 More Canadian Heroines. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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