For almost 40 years, Herstory, the Canadian Women’s Calendar, has been documenting the lives of women in this country.
Patty Williams of Wolfville got involved in 1980, when she was living in Saskatchewan. Since moving to the Maritimes several years ago, she has widened her research.
This year, Williams wrote about several fascinating Nova Scotian women who will be featured in the 2014 edition. Chiefly, she profiled Wolfville’s Sara Lee Lewis.
Lewis was a co-founder Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia in 1972 and continues to serve as managing director. A member of the Order of Canada, she is a doyenne in the Canadian children’s theatre community.
Also featured is spoken word poet Shauntay Grant. A writer, spoken word performer, broadcast journalist and musician, the Halifax woman conducts arts workshops and performances for youth and adults at festivals, schools and community centres around the country.
The late Patricia Arab of Halifax, who Williams also profiled, was a leading member of the Lebanese community in Nova Scotia. She often acted as interpreter and information gatherer for newcomers to Canada.
Herstory began with the Saskatoon Women’s Calendar Collective in 1972. Five university students produced a popular history focusing solely on the lives and achievements of Canadian women. With assistance from a federal grant in 1974, the first edition of Herstory: The Canadian Women’s Calendar, was published.
Producing the Herstory calendar became an annual event. Over 50 women have been members of the collective.
The calendar sells for $15. For further information, Williams can be reached by phoning 542-7848.