Book launch of Ladies, Upstairs! by Monique Bégin

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Book launch
in English only
Thursday, February 21, 2019
7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Library and Archives Canada, the Ottawa Public Library, the Ottawa International Writers Festival and McGill-Queen’s University Press invite you to the launch, hosted by Charlotte Gray, of Ladies, Upstairs! My Life in Politics and After by Monique Bégin.

Ladies, Upstairs! details the experiences of a feisty, candid outsider who, through sheer fortitude, intelligence and hard work, became minister of health and welfare, a university dean, a sought-after member for commissions of inquiry, and an international expert on public health.

The voice of a woman in a male world, a francophone among anglophones, and a skeptical politician, Monique Bégin’s Ladies, Upstairs! provides a fascinating account of one of Canada's most impressive federal ministers and her discoveries through the decades.

Bégin was a major player in a period that marked the beginning of a long journey to make Canadian politics, public life, universities, and commissions deal with the two major revolutions of the twentieth century – feminism and decolonization. Her ability to choose allies, make friends, and help establish women's health as an important area of research and teaching is not a small accomplishment. Her story will be read by many people.

Caroline Andrew, Centre on Governance, University of Ottawa

The admission is free.

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Seating is limited, so please register.
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