STILL RUNNING: PERSONAL STORIES BY QUEEN'S WOMEN CELEBRATING THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARTY SCHOLARSHIP.
Edited by Joy Parr. Foreword by Pauline Jewett, MP. Kingston, Queen's University Alumnae Association, 1987. 169pp, paper, $12.95, ISBN 0-88911-507-9. Distributed by Campus Bookstore, Queen's University, Kingston. Ont K7L 3N6. CIP
Volume 16 Number 4
Joy Parr, historian and chief editor of Still Running, has put together a collection of personal stories by women who have won the Marty Scholarship from Queen's University. In fact, publication of this book marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Marty Memorial.
Still Running follows the path of several women scholars who were awarded the Marty since it was first awarded in 1937. Their autobiographical reflections are short and, for the most part, interesting enough. Readers learn of women who, for example, worked in the field of Canadian atomic research during World War II, and others who travelled throughout Europe searching for literary materials. Some more recent Marty winners used this assistance to return to university after having raised a family, or to explore careers in the field of medicine, art, and drama.
Although parts of this book are slow moving, the total picture created is one of progression. What stands out most clearly is how women and their career choices have changed. The early memoirs reflect the more limited educational endeavours and job opportunities for women. The more recent excerpts reveal an advancement on the part of women that testifies to society's view of women's work.
Still Running is an appropriate title. These changes do not occur overnight or without effort or assistance. As Eleanor Clarke Hay, one of the early recipients, writes, "Without them (the Marty Scholarship and others), opportunities for challenging and satisfying work would have been very limited. I enjoy the course that I am running, and I am still running."
I suppose women in general would relate to this. I'm not sure, however, that this book serves any greater purpose than satisfying an audience limited to the Marty recipients themselves, or their friends and relatives.
B. Henley-Hodgson, Brantford Collegiate Institute and V.S., Brantford, Ont.
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