Out Standing in the Field

Out Standing in the Field

Book - 2017
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Sandra Perron, Canada's first female infantry officer, describes her experiences serving in the Canadian Forces, including the harassment she suffered during training and her deployments to Bosnia and Croatia.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Cormorant Books, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781770864948
Branch Call Number: 355.0092 PERRO
Characteristics: 318 pages


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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.

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