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Living the Edges: A Disabled Women's Reader

Category: Book
Edited By: Dreidger, Diane
Series: Inanna Reader
Subject:  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Inanna Publications
Published: October 2010
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00in x 9.00in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*This collection brings together the diverse voices of women with various disabilities, both physical and mental. The women speak frankly about the societal barriers they encounter in their everyday lives due to social attitudes and physical and systemic inaccessibility. They bring to light the discrimination they experience through sexism, because they are women, and through ableism, because they have disabilities. For them, the personal is definitely political. Here, Canadian women discuss their lives in the areas of employment, body image, sexuality and family life, society's attitudes, and physical, sexual and emotional abuse. While society traditionally views having a disability as "weakness" and that women are the "weaker" sex, this collection points to the strength, persistence and resilience of disabled women living the edges.
Biographical NoteDiane Driedger has written extensively about the issues of women and people with disabilities over the past 30 years. Her book The Last Civil Rights Movement: Disabled Peoplesâ International was published in 1989. She has co-edited two international anthologies by disabled women, and, most recently, co-edited with Michelle Owen, Dissonant Disabilities: Women with Chronic Illnesses Explore Their Lives (2008). Diane is an educator, administrator, activist, and researcher in the area of disabled womenâs issues in Canada and internationally. She is also a visual artist and poet, and holds a Ph.D. in Education.