Note to all women - we would not be where we are without the late great Doris Anderson. I could go on for days about what kind of indefatiguable fighter for women's rights she was but for now just remember two things.
First. she changed the face of women's magazines in Canada. While American counterparts such as Glamour and Good Housekeeping kept pounding away at their editorial mandate - recipes, make-up tips, how to please your man - Anderson transformed Chatelaine into a new voice for Canadian women.
Can you imagine Good Housekeeping taking up a pro-choice stance or employment equity in the early 70s? I don't think so.Anderson took the only Canadian women's magazine that mattered and made it into something that really mattered. In doing so she changed the collective consciousness of millions of Canadian women.
Oh, and we wouldn't have a clause in the Canadian Charter of Rights in support of women's equality if, outraged at the originally proposed Charter, she hadn't resigned from the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women and faced the relevant minister Lloyd Axworthy head on.
I will miss that gravelly voice and the spirit of a woman who would not back down. She was one Canada's most committed and gifted women and editors.