Michele Landsberg is an award-winning Canadian writer, social activist and feminist who wrote a major column for the Toronto Star newspaper for 25 years.
As a trailblazing feminist columnist, Ms. Landsberg drew the public’s attention to wrongs, injustices, and anomalies that had been virtually invisible before she brought them vividly to life in print. Her column quickly became one of the best-read and influential features in The Star and remained so until her retirement in 2003.
In 2005, Michele Landsberg became chair of the Board of Directors of Women’s College Hospital, which she helped to guide to a new and pioneering role in women’s health care.
Ms. Landsberg is an activist in progressive causes as well as a journalist and has written four best-selling books: Women and Children First, a collection of her columns; Michele Landsberg’s Guide to Children’s Books, and “This is New York, Honey!” A Homage to Manhattan, with Love and Rage, a memoir of her time living in New York as the spouse of Stephen Lewis, Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations. In 2011, she published Writing the Revolution a retrospective of the Canadian feminist movement.
Other distinctions include two National Newspaper Awards, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the Dodi Robb award from MediaWatch, the Florence Bird Award from the International Centre for Human Rights, and Canadian Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the 1929 Persons Case.
Michele Landsberg has received six honorary degrees and in 2006 was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.