Presented by The Vancouver Writers Fest
Sandra Perron in conversation with Kathryn Gretsinger
It took 20 years for Sandra Perron, Canada’s first female infantry officer, to digest and gain perspective on her time fighting in the Canadian army—and fighting the Canadian army itself. The second battle, it’s clear, was the harder of the two. Repeatedly top of her class during training, she was harassed by her male colleagues, raped and beaten. Yet she served two tours in the former Yugoslavia before she finally left the military. Writing her memoir, Out Standing in The Field, was an act of fidelity to the military and fierce determination to pave the way for women’s inclusion in the Armed Forces. Hear first-hand from a soldier who refused to let her country down and is still fighting to make it better.
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