Fairly Equal : Lawyering the Feminist Revolution

By Linda Silver Dranoff

A Feminist History Society Book Series

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An eyewitness account of the revolution in Canadian women’s rights under the law

Lawyer, activist, and former Chatelaine legal columnist Linda Silver Dranoff details her trailblazing journey from a traditional 1950s childhood to the battlegrounds of the courts of law and the halls of power where she and a generation of women lawyers, supporting a larger feminist movement, championed the rights of Canadian women and families. Through a combination of memoir and social history, Dranoff brings to life the struggles around family law, pay and employment equity, violence against women, abortion rights, childcare, pension rights, political engagement, public policy, and access to legal justice. From backroom battles to public and private protest, the stories are inspiring. We are encouraged in sisterhood and solidarity to ensure that the many hard-won gains of the feminist movement are maintained and expanded for the women who follow.

Praise & Recognition

... a critical reminder of how far Canadian women have come, as well as a warning to remain vigilant and safeguard hard-earned victories. Publishers Weekly
Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Fairly Equal" is very highly recommended, especially for community and academic library Women's Studies and Contemporary American Biography collections. Midwest Book Review
Silver Dranoff's book resonates with the reader on two levels: as a personal memoir of a woman lawyer in a male dominated world, and as a historic account of the era of second wave feminism in Canada, marked by the revolution of women’s rights under the law. Peel Briefs
Dranoff’s life provides a model for feminist lawyering that is not confined to the law office, fully engaged as she has been with trying to change so many conditions of inequality that have characterized the past few decades and still do. Canadian Journal of Women and the Law
"Fairly Equal is enjoyable to read: polished, concise and written in a conversational style with meticulous attention to detail." Herizons
Every father, mother and grandparent thinking about the perfect commencement gift to launch a young women upon her brilliant career, or at any stage of her journey, should gift this book. Supreme Advocacy

The Hill Times' List of 100 Best Books of 2017 2017 - Commended

TVO-The Agenda’s Year in Books as one of “2017’s most insightful conversations.” 2017 - Commended

Details

Publication Date: April 13, 2017

Genre: Adult Nonfiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 376

ISBN: 978-1-77260-022-3

Linda Silver Dranoff

About the Author

Linda Silver Dranoff

Linda Silver Dranoff, C.M., LSM is a lawyer, writer and activist. As a lawyer she appeared at every level of court in a precedent-setting 38-year career, helping countless individuals to navigate the legal system. She had a 25-year stint as a columnist at Chatelaine and is the author of the books Women in Canadian Law, Every Woman’s Guide to the Law and Every Canadian’s Guide to the Law. She successfully pressed for family law and other reforms, and was the founding chair of the Feminist Legal Analysis Section of the Ontario Bar Association (now the Women Lawyers Forum). Linda has been recognized many times for her legal work and activism by the women’s community, the legal community, and beyond. In 2001 she received a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, in 2012 she was appointed to the Order of Canada, and in 2021 she was honoured with the Order of Ontario. She lives in Toronto.

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