Author: Michele Landsberg
Michele Landsberg is a Canadian journalist, social activist, and feminist. For twenty-five years, she wrote a column in the Toronto Star, pushing for progressive change on issues such as equal pay, abortion, sexual harassment in the workplace, and racial discrimination. She has won numerous honours, including the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and two National Newspaper Awards, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her latest book is Writing the Revolution, a history of the Canadian women’s movement. In 2006, the Canadian Women’s Foundation created the Michele Landsberg Award to celebrate young women speaking out about gender equality in the media. In 2013 and 2014, the Canadian Women’s Foundation will launch two new awards in Michele’s name to honour her incredible contribution to women’s equality.
This is a letter written by Michele Landsberg to the Village Bloggurls, the recipients of the 2014 Michele Landsberg Community Award Village.
It was wonderful fun for me to get to know all of you through your blog, your postings and videos. I know from your posts that you and your mentors are full of life and adventure….and sushi. Getting to know one another and writing reports about each other, you express your friendship, your open-ness, your generous acceptance of each other and your delight in being in a girls only group, where you could feel the freedom of not being constantly judged on your appearance.
It’s a shock – of surprise, embarrassment and pride – to learn that there’s going to be an award given in your name. Eight years ago, when Bev Wybrow phoned to tell me, in her characteristically fond but wryly understated way, that Foundation supporter Liz Rykert had led an initiative to create a “Michele Landsberg Award” for feminist journalism, I was blushingly delighted. It’s been my long-cherished goal to encourage young writers to interpret the world through a feminist lens. I want to do everything I can to counteract the prevailing blinkered masculinism of so much reporting.