Mainstays: Women Who Shaped BC


212 pages
Contains Photos, Bibliography
ISBN 0-920663-62-1
DDC 971.1009'9




Reviewed by Lori A. Dunn

Lori A. Dunn is a ESL teacher, instructional designer, and freelance
writer in New Westminster, B.C.


Mainstays is a tribute to some of the amazing women who shaped British
Columbia’s social and political climate. The book consists of brief
but informative biographies of women who contributed to various fields
of endeavor—community building, education, art and literature, public
health, politics and law, and science. For each biography, Converse
provides a brief summary of the issues surrounding the time and the
field. They, she shows the connections between the women in each field
and between them and the larger world of women working toward similar

This lively and highly readable book offers inspiring portraits of
women who succeeded in a world that was not quite ready for them.


Converse, Cathy., “Mainstays: Women Who Shaped BC,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 20, 2024,