Doris Anderson (1921 – 2007)

Doris Anderson
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Journalist, editor and author Doris Anderson lent her powerful voice to the concerns and aspirations of women as part of her longstanding efforts to promote women's interests and rights in Canada. Anderson was born in Medicine Hat but spent most of her working life in Toronto. As editor of Chatelaine, she distinguished herself by tackling contemporary issues such as abortion, divorce, sexuality and women's work life. Her eloquence and unapologetically feminist approach led to a significant increase in the magazine's circulation. Anderson went on to publish several highly successful books, including Rebel Daughter in 1996, and played a number of key roles, including serving as President of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women and of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She has received the Order of Canada and a Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case.

“What I wanted more than anything was to be able to look after myself and make sure that every other woman in the world could do the same.”
- Rebel Daughter

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