DORIS ANDERSON IS BORN
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.