Doris Anderson: Journalist & Women’s Rights Advocate

Today, as part of our Toronto the Just exhibit with Heritage Toronto and Myseum Toronto, we’re taking a look at the life of Doris Anderson (1921-2007) an author, journalist, and women’s rights advocate.


From 1957-1977, Anderson was the editor of Chatelaine – a time when the magazine began to tackle issues like divorce, abortion, birth control, and child welfare. After she left Chatelaine, Anderson became the chair Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women (CACSW), but resigned in 1981 when the National Conference on Women and the Constitution due to government interference.
She is also largely remembered for her efforts on lobbying the government to recognize gender equality in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We will be commemorating Doris Anderson’s efforts on International Women’s Day at the launch of the Toronto the Just exhibit with a plaque at St. Lawrence Hall.

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Portrait by Emma Jenkin

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