Michele Landsberg

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Michele Landsberg
Born (1939-07-12) 12 July 1939 (age 75)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Journalist, author
Nationality Canadian
Education Bachelors degree in English
Alma mater University of Toronto
Genre Academic
Notable awards Order of Canada[1]
Spouse Stephen Lewis
Children 3

Michele Landsberg OC, (born 12 July 1939) is a Canadian journalist, author, public speaker, feminist and social activist. She is known for writing three bestselling books, including Women and Children First, This is New York, Honey!, and Michele Landsberg's Guide to Children's Books. She has written columns for the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, and Chatelaine magazine,[2] and is one of the first journalists in Canada to address sexual harassment in the workplace, racial discrimination in education and employment opportunities, and lack of gender equality in divorce and custodial legal proceedings.[3]

In 2005, the Canadian Women's Foundation established the Michele Landsberg Award in her honour, to recognize outstanding young women (ages 18–30) and their accomplishments in media and activism.[4] In 2006, Landsberg was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[1][5] As of 2012, she is a member of the Women's College Hospital Board of Directors.[6]

Personal background[edit]

Michele Landsberg was born on 12 July 1939, in Toronto, Ontario. She attended high school in North York. In 1957, following her high school graduation, she traveled to Israel, where she spent a year of study and work on a kibbutz. After returning to Ontario, she attended the University of Toronto, graduating in 1962 with a Bachelors degree in English and literature. She has also received an honorary degree from McMaster University,[1] and in 2008, the University of Toronto presented her with an honorary doctor of laws degree.[3]

In 1963, Landsberg married Stephen Lewis, the former UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa. They have three children, including Ilana Naomi Landsberg-Lewis, who is married to musician and activist Lorraine Segato; Jenny Leah Lewis; and journalist Avi David Lewis, who is married to writer Naomi Klein.[7]

Professional background[edit]

Journalist[edit]

In 1962, Landsberg joined the staff of The Globe and Mail. She married Lewis soon after signing on with the Globe, but maintained a byline under her birth name, since her editors preferred that it not be known that she was married to a socialist politician. When her children were born, she resigned her column with the Globe, opting to work on a freelance basis.[3]

In 1971, Landsberg returned to full-time work, serving as a staff writer and editor for Chatelaine magazine. She additionally wrote a regular column for Chatelaine, working with editor and women's rights activist, Doris Anderson. In 1978, Landsberg joined the staff of the Toronto Star, where she served as a regular columnist on feminist issues for over 25 years. During the 1980s, she was living in New York, where she wrote a weekly column on New York life for The Globe and Mail. She eventually retired her column with the Toronto Star in 2005.[3]

Author[edit]

Landsberg has written three bestselling books, including Women and Children First, a collection of her campaigning columns; Michele Landsberg's Guide to Children's Books; and This is New York, Honey!, which is a memoir of her time living as the spouse of Canada's ambassador to the United Nations.

Activist[edit]

Landsberg is an outspoken critic of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation and is known for challenging the credentials of foundation advisors, saying that they "are people who really do have powerful motivation to deny the truth".[8]

Honors and awards[edit]

Landsberg is the recipient of two National Newspaper Awards, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the Dodi Robb Award from MediaWatch, the Robertine Barry Prize for journalism from the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, the Florence Bird Award from the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, several honorary degrees, and the Canadian Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the 1929 Persons Case and Democratic Development, an award acknowledging contributions to equality for women which have resulted in positive change.[3][9]

Published works[edit]

  • Landsberg, Michele (1982). Women and Children First, Macmillan of Canada, 239 pages. ISBN 978-0771597268
  • Landsberg, Michele (1986). Michele Landsberg's Guide to Children's Books, Penguin Books Australia, 274 pages. ISBN 978-0140071368
  • Landsberg, Michele (1987). Reading for the Love of It, Simon & Schuster, 327 pages. ISBN 978-0135798225
  • Landsberg, Michele (1989). This is New York, Honey!, McClelland & Stewart, 304 pages. ISBN 978-0771046544
  • Landsberg, Michele; and Fran Newman (1993). Children in Crisis, Scholastic Canada, 207 pages. ISBN 978-0590730884
  • Landsberg, Michele (2004). The Grubby Pleasures of Gardening, McClelland & Stewart, 240 pages. ISBN 978-0771046575
  • Landsberg, Michele (2011). Writing the Revolution, University of Toronto Press, 304 pages. ISBN 978-1897187999

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "McMaster 4 called to Order | McMaster Daily News". Dailynews.mcmaster.ca. 2006-07-27. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Michele Landsberg » Speaker Profile » National Speakers Bureau". Nsb.com. 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Michele Landsberg receives U of T honorary degree | U of T News". News.utoronto.ca. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Canadian Women's Foundation". Dev.cdnwomen.org. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  5. ^ Governor General announces new appointments to the Order of Canada at the Wayback Machine (archived January 7, 2005)
  6. ^ "Women's College Hospital - Board of Directors". Womenscollegehospital.ca. 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  7. ^ Cole, Susan G. "Michele Landsberg celebrates 70 years | NOW Magazine". Nowtoronto.com. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  8. ^ Stanton, Mike (Jul–Aug 1997). "U-turn on memory lane". Columbia Journalism Review (36, number 2). pp. 44–49. 
  9. ^ Schnoor, Randal F. "Michele Landsberg". Encyclopaedia Judaica. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 

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