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Doris Anderson, editor-in-chief and mom

The Story

After sending her three sons off to school, Doris Anderson's day starts in earnest. Briefcase in tow, she gets a lift downtown with her husband and is at her desk by 8:30, ready to tackle her job as editor of one of Canada's best-known magazines. With its fashion and recipes, Chatelaine is in some ways a typical women's magazine. But under Anderson's watch it has also published important and often controversial articles. In this 1969 clip, Take 30 sits down with Anderson to find out how she does it all.  

Medium: Television
Program: Take 30
Broadcast Date: July 7, 1969
Guest: Doris Anderson
Host: Adrienne Clarkson, Paul Soles
Duration: 25:56

Did You know?

• In her 1996 autobiography Rebel Daughter, Doris Anderson describes some of the social issues that Chatelaine brought highlighted in its pages. They include:

- a 1959 plea for legal abortion in specific circumstances;

- a 1960 exposé on the problem of "battered babies";

- a 1961 critique of Canadian divorce laws;

- and a call for equal pay for women in 1962.
• Anderson became editor of Chatelaine in 1957 and left in 1977, unhappy with the direction the publisher wanted to take with the magazine. After her departure she published three novels and a book about the status of women around the world. Anderson died in March 2007 at age 85.


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