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Women in charge

Two new books shine a spotlight on women who blazed trails in Canadian politics and the judiciary

Ladies, Upstairs!: My Life in Politics and After

Monique Bégin

McGill-Queen’s University Press

★ Two Firsts: Bertha Wilson and Claire L’Heureux-Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada

Constance Backhouse

Second Story Press

AS WE NAVIGATE feminism’s fourth wave, it can be easy to forget how we got here. The struggles of feminisms past have a lot to teach us about the tactics women marshalled to face down challenges that seemed insurmountable at the time; their stories not only give us hope but provide insight into the obstacles we face today. Two new books – a memoir and a double biography – contribute to this history by examining three women’s experiences during second-wave feminism’s focus on civil rights.

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