Week after week I pillage Google for inspiring women to write about. And, I always wonder, where are all the Canadians?
Despite the stereotype that Canadians are ‘nice’ and ‘polite,’ Canadian women are more fire and ice than most. Back a few months, when our hockey team was playing San Jose, a number of San Jose fans trolled Canucks forums, saying things like, ‘our chicks are hotter than yours.’
Typical smack talk, and all part of the fun of sports fandom, I know. But, I was pretty impressed that MORE than a few male Canuck fans jumped on that comment. ‘We grow ’em pretty, gritty, and smart up here.’
So, where are all the Canadian heroines?
I don’t mean famous people. I don’t mean rock stars or actresses. I don’t mean songwriters or athletes.
Though, we do have a few of those that make my Canadian heart swell with pride.
I mean women who otherwise would not be known except that they dared to do what others said was impossible.
And then, this week, I found these two great books by Merna Forster: 100 Canadian Heroines, and 100 More Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces.
The first is promoted by our only female Prime Minister, Kim Campbell: “The term ‘weaker sex’ should make one’s blood boil after reading this book,” she says.
The second, released just this month, writes about a woman whose name is so boring, but life so interesting, I had to direct attention her way.
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