In the spring of 1970, seventeen women set out from Vancouver in a big yellow convertible, a Volkswagen bus, and a pickup truck. They called it the Abortion Caravan. Three thousand miles later, they “occupied” the prime minister’s front lawn in Ottawa, led a rally of 500 women on Parliament Hill, chained themselves to their chairs in the visitors’ galleries, and shut down the House of Commons, the first and only time this had ever happened. The seventeen were a motley crew. They argued, they were loud, and they wouldn't take no for an answer. They pulled off a national campaign in an era when there was no social media, and with a budget that didn't stretch to long-distance phone calls. It changed their lives. And at a time when thousands of women in Canada were dying from back street abortions, it pulled women together across the country.
May 2020 is the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Caravan.
The abortion debate is still active. Events in US politics have brought it to the fore-front again.
CBC will be re-airing author Karin Wells' radio documentary, The Abortion Caravan, which preceded this book.
Events in the main Canadian cities involved: Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa.
Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians.
Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.
Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.
Link to radio documentary about The Abortion Caravan: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/the-sunday-edition-june-3-2018-1.4685998/50-years-ago-the-women-of-canada-s-abortion-caravan-stormed-parliament-for-reproductive-rights-1.4687293
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"One irresistible story from the journey towards women owning their own bodies."
- Gloria Steinem
"This lively, engaging tale of the women's uprising—chaotic, spontaneous, ingenious, heartfelt, funny, dramatic, and world-changing—will remind you of all that is possible."
- Michele Landsberg