Joan M. Roberts wins 2016 Alison Prentice Award

Joan M. Roberts wins 2016 Alison Prentice Award

Posted on June 14 by Joan Roberts in Awards
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Dundurn Press is pleased to announce that Joan M. Roberts has won the 2016 Alison Prentice Award presented by the Ontario Historical Society for Cracked: How Telephone Operators Took on Canada’s Largest Corporation ... And Won. The award honours the best book on women’s history in Ontario, published in the past three years.

Caroline Di Cocco delivered this introduction at the June 11, 2016 OHS Award Ceremony.

The Ontario Historical Society’s Honors and Awards Committee is pleased to present the 2015 Alison Prentice Award, given for the best book on women’s history in Ontario published during the last three years, to Joan M Roberts for Cracked: How Telephone Operators took on Canada’s Largest Corporation and Won! It was published by Dundurn Press.

Cracked tells the fascinating story of the union drive of the 1970s by women telephone operators of Bell Canada who fought against many obstacles to achieve an independent voice in collective bargaining. Roberts was herself a telephone operator at Bell and an activist in both the struggle for union and the strike that gave women workers significant improvements in their pay and working conditions. Making excellent use of oral history, Roberts enables readers to hear the voices of the women who were there at the time and appreciate the range of challenges they faced. The book is a significant contribution to Ontario labor studies and to the history of women in Ontario.

The Honors and Awards Committee honors Joan M Roberts with the 2015 Alison Prentice Award.

Cracked tells the story of the Bell Canada union drive and the phone operator strike that brought sweeping reform to women’s workplace rights. Chronicling a central event in Canada’s labour history, Cracked is told from the point of view of the workers and organizers.

Joan M. Roberts served as a union organizer for the phone operators at Bell Canada. She later worked as a development consultant for the Labour Council Development Foundation. Currently, she runs a training and consulting practice. She lives in Toronto.

The Ontario Historical Society award ceremony was held the afternoon of Saturday, June 11 at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. For more information about the Ontario Historical Society, visit: www.ontariohistoricalsociety.ca.

 

Pictures are posted on a public facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Joanrobertsauthor/.

To book an interview with Joan M. Roberts, please contact:

Kendra Martin, Publicist

416-214-5544 x227; kmartin [at] dundurn [nospam] com

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Joan Roberts served as a union organizer for the phone operators at Bell Canada. She later worked as a development consultant for the Labour Council Development Foundation. She has also served as a city councillor. Currently, she runs a training and consulting practice. She lives in Toronto.