Marion Dewar : A Life of Action

By Deborah Gorham

A Feminist History Society Book Series

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A beloved mayor, her activism on behalf of refugees gives her accomplishments special resonance today

Marion Dewar could never ignore a person who was begging in the street. Along with money, she would offer words of encouragement and friendship. Perhaps it was her training as a nurse, her devout Catholic upbringing, or maybe it was simply because she was a genuinely compassionate woman. As mayor of Ottawa from 1978-1985, Marion Dewar worked tirelessly to bring about non-profit housing, better public transportation, support and encouragement for the arts, for peace, and for women’s rights. She advocated for visible minorities, gays and lesbians, and was the driving force behind the initiative to bring 4,000 boat people to Ottawa from Vietnam and Southeast Asia. She was a prominent member of the New Democratic Party and sat as a Member of Parliament in 1987-1988 - all while raising four children. Accompanied by archival and personal photos, an intriguing look at a woman who took action when it counted most.

Praise & Recognition intriguing and informative biography of a singular woman's personal life and public political career... unreservedly recommended, especially for community and academic library Women's History and Canadian Biography collections. The Midwest Book Review
Deborah Gorham’s biography of the remarkable Marion Dewar (1928–2008) provides an inspirational example of the making of a major Canadian feminist. Herizons

Alison Prentice Award for Best Book on Women's History in Ontario 2017 - Winner

Ottawa Book Award - English Non-Fiction 2017 - Short-listed


Publication Date: September 13, 2016

Genre: Adult Nonfiction

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 176

ISBN: 978-1-77260-009-4

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