Out Standing in the Field

Out Standing in the Field

Book - 2017
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"Canada's first woman trained for combat, a decorated officer in the "Van Doos" the legendary Royal 22nd Regiment, comes up against a system of institutional sexism. Throughout her training, Sandra Perron was repeatedly identified as top of her class, but was also subject to "pranks" that included stripping her uniform of insignia (which is a not-so-subtle way of informing her that her platoon did not have her back). The lessons she learned, however, weren't all negative - through several deployments, including Bosnia and Croatia, she forged lasting friendships with men and women. Her memoir shows that while the Canadian military did, eventually let her down, she did not do the same to her fellow soldiers or her country; it also shows that the spirit of a true hero cannot be bent or broken. Beautifully written, Perron's memoir is a testament to her fortitude and patriotism. Canada's first woman trained for combat. First woman in the Van Doos, the Royal 22nd Regiment Sexism and sexual abuse in the Canadian military is an on-going problem and continues to make the news."--
Publisher: Toronto : Cormorant Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781770864948
Characteristics: 318 pages ;,23 cm.

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Mar 14, 2018

I wish that it had made it to the short-list for Canada Reads.

A brilliantly written memoir about her successes but also the abuses she suffered during her time as an unwelcome trailblazer in the Canadian Forces (Army). Ms. Perron had a dream and pursued it with guts, grit, and determination only to be faced with discrimination, misogyny, and hate day in day out, year after year. Despite the odds, she persevered and had many successes and accomplishments but her dreams and careers were crushed by a truly disgraceful system of male privilege and ego. Canada and our military should be ashamed and disgusted at the way they treated this hard-working and supremely-dedicated and talented soldier who just wanted to do her job like everyone else and to be given every opportunity available. Far too many doors (and minds) were closed to her advancement. We are all the poorer for that wilful blindness. We have a long way to go yet before we are truly a "just society" in the country. Thank you, Sandra Perron, for your service, your sacrifices, and your endurance.

I read this as part of the CBC's Canada Reads 2018.
http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/the-canada-reads-2018-longlist-is-here-1.4471348

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