“This is terrific fly-on-the-wall history: personal, immediate, juicy with anecdotes and real voices, telling the lively story of how young feminists defiantly invented women’s shelters in Canada back when violence was totally ignored or denied. And Goodhand brings us right up to date with feminism’s evolution in the confusing time of Trudeau and Trump.”
— Michele Landsberg, author and columnist
“Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists gives voice to the tenacious and until now, unrecognized women who saved thousands of lives. Goodhand also gives insight and context to Canada’s often uncomfortable relationship with feminism and our attitudes toward violence against women. Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists is a must-read for feminists, academics and anyone interested in women’s contributions to Canadian history.”
— Jackie Foord, CEO, YWCA Edmonton
“Runaway Wives not only vividly documents an important chapter in Canadian social history, it’s also a treasure trove of inspirational quotes from women you’ve never heard of, despite the pivotal role they played in putting domestic violence on the public agenda in this country. I started weeping on p 85, not over the descriptions of abuse (though those were deeply affecting), but over the heart and generosity of the activists, the community-mindedness of responsive politicians, and the isolation and resilience of the women they served. Bravo to Margo Goodhand for capturing all this in her lively and compelling book.”
— Shari Graydon, founder and catalyst
“Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists should be required reading for those who think feminists are limited to the obsolete “man-hating bra-burners” stereotype. Goodhand’s work clearly articulates that feminism at its core is a profound search for equality.”
— Book review by Deborah Bowers Sept. 16 in the Winnipeg Free Press.