The Globe and Mail (Alberta Edition) - - NEWS - EL­IZ­A­BETH RENZETTI

In the 1960s, most mag­a­zines were ad­vis­ing women to wel­come their hus­bands home with a hot meal and a cold mar­tini. Not Chate­laine, how­ever. Un­der the guid­ance of Doris An­der­son – the mag­a­zine’s first fe­male ed­i­tor, she had threat­ened to quit if an­other man was given the top job – Chate­laine ran ground­break­ing sto­ries on vi­o­lence, racism, abor­tion and women’s po­lit­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion. It was the “most sedi­tious mag­a­zine in the coun­try,” ac­cord­ing to one of its con­trib­u­tors, June Call­wood. The mag­a­zine was hugely pop­u­lar, too, thanks to the sin­gu­lar vi­sion of An­der­son, who was born on Nov. 10, 1921, in Medicine Hat, Alta. Born out of wed­lock and briefly placed in a home for un­wanted chil­dren, she would grow up to be one of Canada’s fiercest ad­vo­cates for women’s rights. Af­ter 20 years, she left Chate­laine in 1977, and was fu­ri­ous to be passed over when she ap­plied to be ed­i­tor of Ma­clean’s. As head of the Cana­dian Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil on the Sta­tus of Women, An­der­son fought to have equal rights for women in­cluded in the Char­ter of Rights and Free­doms. A nov­el­ist, colum­nist and ac­tivist, An­der­son never stopped fight­ing un­til her death at age 85.


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