Sally Armstrong (journalist)

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Sally Wishart Armstrong
Born 1943 (age 73–74)
Montreal, Quebec
Occupation journalist, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist
Awards Order of Canada

Sally Wishart Armstrong, CM (born 1943) is a Canadian journalist, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist.

Born in Montreal, Quebec. Armstrong received a Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University in 1966 and a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto in 2001. From 1975 to 1988, she worked for Canadian Living magazine. From 1988 to 1999 she was editor-in-chief of Homemakers magazine. She was a contributing editor of Maclean's from 2001 to 2010. In 2002, she was UNICEF's Special Representative to Afghanistan. She is the author of Mila (1992), Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan (2002), The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor (2007), Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan's Women (2008), and Ascent of Women: A New Age Is Dawning for Ever Mother's Daughter (2013). In 2001, she was the scriptwriter for the documentary Falling from the Sky[1] and Daughters of Afghanistan in 2003.[2]

She is the mother of CBC News journalist Peter Armstrong.[3]


In 1998, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.[4] In 2002, she was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from McGill University.[5] In 2000, she won the Amnesty International Media Award for her article “Honour’s Victims” in Chatelaine magazine. She won again in 2002, for her article “Speaking their peace” in Chatelaine magazine and again in 2011 for her article “These Little Girls are Setting out to Change the World” in Chatelaine.[6] She provided critical support to Richard Gordon with the founding of the charity Books With Wings.


  1. ^ "Falling from the Sky". 
  2. ^ Canadian Who's Who Search. Grey House Publishing Canada. 
  3. ^ "When author talks, people listen". Calgary Herald, October 15, 2014.
  4. ^ "Order of Canada citation". 
  5. ^ "Fall 2002 Honorary Doctorates". 
  6. ^ "Amnesty Media Award - Past Winners". 

External links[edit]

Works by or about Sally Armstrong in libraries (WorldCat catalog)