What a great book.
Canadian Women Now+Then by Elizabeth MacLeod and Maia Faddoul features more than 100 stories of Canadian women past and present who broke, or continue to break, new ground while following their dreams.
The Kids Can Press book ($19.99) features women in various fields from activists (Anjali Katta – now – who hosts conferences to encourage young people to be activists and Viola Desmond – then – a black woman who was discriminated against in Nova Scotia in 1946 and is the first black woman featured on a Canadian banknote) to scientists (Nivatha Balendra – now – who discovered a bacteria that breaks down oil to Harriet Brooks Pitcher – then – Canada’s first female nuclear physicist).
Some topics, such as Olympians, introduces the reader to a woman who crosses is both then+Now, in this case presenting Clara Hughes who not only competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, but is also known as the spokesperson for Bell Canada’s Let’s Talk program, among other things.
Some pages also offer a tip or list about the other famous Canadian women in, for example, politics.
Each women has a page dedicated to who they are and what they did to be featured in the book.
The variety of Canadian trailblazers were great from journalists and poets to lawyers and explorers.
The end of the book offers a quick few paragraphs of some of Canada’s other trailblazing women from Pitseolak Ashoona, one of Canada’s best known Inuit artists, to Kay Livingston who fought for the rights of black women.
In the introduction, the authors suggest these women helped shaped the country, making up the story of Canada.
“It’s impossible to fit every amazing Canadian woman into one book. But on these pages, you’ll discover stories about well-known individuals and even a few you may not have heard about yet. Get ready to meet these remarkable people.”
By the end of the book, which I read cover to cover, I did learn more about these amazing women who didn’t take no for an answer, who did whatever they could to reach their dreams, regardless of the road blocks thrown in their path.
A great read for anyone who wants to be inspired be people then and now who made the world a better place.
A copy of this book was provided by Kids Can Press for an honest review.
The opinions are my own.