Merna Forster is a historian who has also been an archivist and park naturalist. A recipient of the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal, she has been discovering historical heroines from coast to coast during her travels. She was awarded the 2016 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media (Pierre Berton Award) for her work promoting women in history. She lives in Victoria.
100 More Canadian Heroines
Following the bestselling 100 Canadian Heroines, Merna Forster presents 100 more stories of amazing women who changed our country.
In this second installment of the bestselling Canadian Heroines series, author Merna Forster brings together 100 more incredible stories of great characters and wonderful images. Meet famous and forgotten women in fields such as science, sport, politics, war and peace, and arts and entertainment, including the original Degrassi kids, Captain Kool, hockey star Hilda Ranscombe, and the woman dubbed "the atomic mosquito." This book is full of amazing facts and trivia about extraordinary women. You’ll learn about Second World War heroine Joan Fletcher Bamford, who rescued 2,000 Dutch captives from a prison camp in a Sumatran jungle while commanding 70 Japanese soldiers. Hilwie Hamdon was the woman behind the building of Canada’s first mosque, and Frances Gertrude McGill was the crime fighter named the "Sherlock Holmes of Saskatchewan." Read on and discover 100 more Canadian heroines and how they’ve changed our country.
These are powerful stories of strong women who have helped to build our country, many who are truly unsung heroines. An inspirational read.
This is an important book that helps to, finally, give credit where it is due. And yes, we expect to see volume three in the Heroines series.
Merna Forster knows the intimate details of more than 200 famous and not-so-famous Canadian women.
Looks to become a bestseller.
Forster's book blows the dust off conventional accounts of Canadian history, rendering our heritage suddenly colourful and utterly human.
If youre looking for inspiration this book is full of it.
The meticulously researched short biographies are quick and easy to read, fresh and informative. What a shame we have never heard of most of these women: their lives and achievements, usually overcoming tremendous barriers, are so inspiring!
About 90 of the women were new to me, and I am glad to have met them...a lot of fascinating material here.
...full of feisty women overcoming poverty and racial and gender-based prejudice to accomplish something in life.
From the Cariboo Gold rush to the country's oldest Chinatown, Canadian history is full of amazing women. Just ask Merna Forster."
This companion to Forster's 2004 volume (One Hundred Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces) continues the important task of documenting the lives and contributions of noteworthy and often undercelebrated Canadian women ... This collection provides a look into the lives of Canadian wayfarers who helped break down sexist barriers in every calling. Perhaps more importantly, the collection guards against the historical forfeiture of these rare lives and records the highly circumscribed times in which they lived.
Historian Forster's 100 More Canadian Heroines is a welcome follow up to her acclaimed 100 Canadian Heroines ... attractively designed, inspirational and sadly, there is still a need to highlight the achievements of Canadian women... Highly recommended.
So, where are all the Canadian heroines? ...I mean women who otherwise would not be known except that they dared to do what others said was impossible. And then, this week, I found these two great books by Merna Forster: 100 Canadian Heroines, and 100 More Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces.
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