Posted on Aug 28, 2017
Another Story Bookshop and Fernwood Books present the Toronto launch for:
Runaway Wives & Rogue Feminists:
The Origins of the Women’s Shelter Movement in Canada
By Margo Goodhand
Tuesday, September 12th @ 7pm
Another Story Bookshop
315 Roncesvalles Avenue
The venue is wheelchair accessible, the washrooms are unfortunately not accessible.
In the supposedly enlightened ’60s and ’70s, violence against women didn’t make the news. It didn’t exist. Yet in 1973 — with no statistics, no money and little public support — five disparate groups of Canadian women quietly opened the country’s first battered women’s shelters. Today, there are well over 600.
In Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists, journalist Margo Goodhand tracks down the “rogue feminists” whose work forged an underground railway for women and children, weaving their stories into an unforgettable — and until now untold — history.
As they lobbied for funding, scrounged for furniture and fended off outraged husbands, these women marked a defining moment in Canadian history. Their advocacy pushed Canada to take a global lead on the issue of violence against women, triggering monumental changes in government, schools, courts and law enforcement. But was it enough to stop the cycle of violence? Forty years later, these pioneers describe how and why the country lost its ground in the war on women.