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Doris H. Anderson Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship
Maximum Amount: $2000.00
Status:
Entering 1st Year
Application Form: Application Form
Deadline: Mar
Occasion: High School Graduation (June)
Scholarship Type: Scholarship
Description: Awarded to an incoming Morell High School student who is a proven leader within their school and community.
Background: Doris Anderson was born on November 10, 1921, in Calgary. In 1951 she took a position at Chatelaine magazine as an editorial assistant in the advertising promotion department and six years later she had risen through the ranks to become editor. She went on to make Chatelaine the best-read magazine in the country. She wanted to give readers "something serious to think about" and to "shake them up a bit" with well-written, hard-hitting investigative pieces on reproductive choice, discr iminatory divorce laws, and the wage gap. And she hired excellent (and now famous) journalists to write them, including June Callwood, Christina McCall (later Newman) Michele Landsberg, Barbara Frum and Sylvia Fraser. In 1979, she accepted a federal appointment as chair of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, a position she later resigned from as she led the fight to reword the government's Charter of Rights legislation to state that women and men are equal under the law. She went on to head the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She was active in Equal Voice, a multi-partisan group dedicated to increasing women's participation in political life. In recent years, she expressed her commitme nt to equality and inclusion by championing the movement for electoral reform and proportional representation. Doris Anderson was also a widely-respected writer of four books including, The Unfinished Revolution: Status of Women in 12 Countries, published in 1991. Anderson House, PEI's shelter for women and children who are fleeing abusive relationships, opened in 1981 and is named for Doris Anderson. She served as the Chancellor of the University of Prince Edward Island from 1992 to 1996. Although Doris Anderson's term as Chancellor ended in 1996, she remained closely connected to the Island and the University over the subsequent decade and she relished her summers in St. Peters Bay, PE. In memory of Doris H. Anderson, UPEI has created a scholarship for student leaders entering the University of Prince Edward Island.
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