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DORIS ANDERSON LEGACY LIVES ON AT EQUAL VOICE WITH ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW FUND AIMED TO BOLSTER ELECTION OF MORE WOMEN IN CANADA

Mar 15, 2010

 

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

OTTAWA – Following International Women’s Week, Equal Voice is pleased to announce the establishment of the Doris Anderson Fund at Equal Voice.

 

The Doris Anderson Fund at Equal Voice will be used to bolster Equal Voice’s core mission of campaigning for the election of more women across the country.  Doris Anderson, legendary Chatelaine editor, author, and women's rights activist, was a leading voice for the election of more women in Canada. 

 

Doris firmly believed that getting more women elected was a foremost issue for the 21st Century, and would make a measurable improvement to the way the world is currently run,” recalls Rosemary Speirs, the Founding Chair of Equal Voice.

 

Anderson played a pivotal role in ensuring the establishment of women’s equality rights in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, something for which she is fondly remembered. Previously, as editor of Chatelaine magazine, she provided a crucial forum in which female readers could reflect on issues pertaining to equality that were seldom discussed in the public sphere.

 

Author and activist Michele Landsberg called Doris Anderson “the best friend women could ever have.”

 

Anderson brought the same enthusiasm to her belief that Canada would benefit from more women in politics.  She demonstrated strong support for Equal Voice’s multi-partisan approach and believed in crossing party lines to support a good woman standing for a party that she might not otherwise support.  

 

She often spoke on behalf of Equal Voice in appearances and presented a written brief to the Ontario Commission on Electoral Reform pleading for a proportional representation system because Anderson believed that it would increase the percentage of elected women in Canada.  A woman of action, Anderson ran for elected office herself as the federal Liberal candidate in Toronto’s Eglinton riding during the 1978 by-election, but lost. 

 

In March, 2007 at age 85, Doris Anderson died from pulmonary fibrosis.  

 

“We are honored that Doris had confidence in Equal Voice and we are privileged in our capacity to contribute to her lasting legacy in the history of this country,” said Donna Dasko, National Chair for Equal Voice.

 

Established in 2001, Equal Voice is an organization dedicated to promoting the election of more women to political office in Canada.  Canada has fallen to 50th place internationally with respect to the number of women in national legislature, where there are only 68 female MPs in the House of Commons, or 22 per cent.  Equal Voice strives to attain a critical mass, or at least one third of elected representation for women.  To donate to the Doris Anderson Fund, please visit: http://www.equalvoice.ca/donate.cfm

 

Click HERE to access Michele Landsberg’s “Doris Anderson, 85: Changed face of feminism.”

 

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For more information, please contact:

 

Giovanna Mingarelli

Communications and Membership Liaison

gmingarelli@equalvoice.ca

Work: 613-523-5315 ext. 306

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Thanks also to the Government of Canada (Status of Women & Canadian Heritage) for their financial support.