Dancing Backwards Dancing Backwards:

A Social History of Women in Canadian Politics


Authors: Sharon Carstairs and Tim Higgins



Dancing Backwards is a history of the ground-breaking accomplishments of women in political life in Canada, including biographies of more than two dozen women in leadership roles.

Following a thematic and chronological format, it encompasses aspects of political leadership in areas beyond electoral politics, including the judiciary. Dancing Backwards weaves these biographies into an accurate and thoroughly readable history of the sometimes painful progress women have made in all aspects of society during the past 130 years.

Senator Carstairs has an insider's knowledge (and one national bestseller under her belt), while Higgins has a remarkable feel for cultural nuances, thanks to years of writing for theatre and film.



Dancing Backwards is illustrated with dramatic black and white portraits by Joshua Stanton