Dancing Backwards: A Social History of Canadian Women in Politics
Carstairs, Sharon, Higgins, Tom, Mitchell, Penni, Herizons
DANCING BACKWARDS: A SOCIAL HISTORY OF CANADIAN WOMEN IN POLITICS
Sharon Carstairs and Tim Higgins
HEARTLAND BOOKS, 2004
Perhaps there are other books that chart Albert Einstein's theory of relatively on a continuum of human progress that includes the founding of the London Medical School for Women in 1875 and the patenting of the internal combustion engine. If there are, I have not read them.
Dancing Backwards is a unique story about early Canadian feminist politics that is entertaining and engaging. Sharon Carstairs, government leader in the Senate, started out as a history teacher and her vow to public service is at the heart of her co-authorship of Dancing Backwards. Tim Higgins is a natural storyteller whose writing credits include TV documentaries. The pairing of the two works well.
What Carstairs and Higgins deliver is not a typical history lesson where the spotlight is focused on one person and simply lists their accomplishments. Rather, Dancing Backwards, combines elements of history, science, social developments, culture and feminism as well.
The result is, at times, a confounding view of history. This is entirely appropriate, as even feminists often tend to view historic events through a singular lens. …