" . . . as lovable as Dylan Thomas"
Canadian women diarists, journalists, fiction writers, publishers and
poets have been writing about our lives since before Confederation, in both official languages and in many of the other
languages Canadians speak. Some have been, or are, famous; others have been all but forgotten. They articulate for us
what it is like to be here, show us the meanings that emerge in the lives of Canadian women.
Herstory has been able to include only a relative handful in its
pages; even 20 years of calendars has not given us time or space to do more than attempt the merest sample of the
historical and contemporary riches available to us in the writing of Canadian women.
The liberation of women will not be complete until a female
writer can get up on stage and read poetry, dead drunk...and
stagger...and still be considered as loveable as Dylan
(Margaret Atwood, 1979)