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Feminist Acts

Branching Out Magazine and the Making of Canadian Feminism

Tessa Jordan

Canadian Studies, Gender, Women's Studies, Biography

Published: October 2019
ISBN: 9781772124842
Pages: 288 Size: 6x9
Illustrations: 22 B&W photographs

The history of Branching Out, Canada’s first national magazine of second-wave feminism, is the surprising story of an upstart magazine published on the prairies that was read from coast to coast. It is an Edmonton-based story of political activism, feminist community-building, and survival in the cultural industries. When it ceased publication in 1980, Branching Out had reached more readers than any other Canadian second-wave feminist periodical. Feminist Acts is an eye-opening examination of feminist publishing, written to bring more Canadian voices into conversations about women’s cultural production. A vital text of feminist recuperation, the book draws on firsthand accounts from women who were there. It is a must-read for anyone interested in feminist activism, gender studies, Canadian cultural history, or publishing history.

Tessa Jordan is a Vancouver-based researcher and educator whose work focuses on histories of Canadian feminism and the private sector’s role in the fight for social justice and ecological sustainability.