Pownal Street Press Publishing Announcement - Pownal Street Press

Pownal Street Press Publishing Announcement


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Pownal Street Press to publish the book Unhistoric Acts by Dianne Porter 

In this first hand account, long time advocate for the women’s movement Dianne Porter takes the reader on a journey of progression in politics. As a political advisor in the 1980s, Porter brings us behind-the-scenes to the conversations that finally put women’s equality on Prince Edward Island on the table — women in the workforce, child care, and setting up basic minimum standards. 

“Dianne Porter inspires all women not only to join the struggle, but to organize, innovate and revitalize it. Her work is a call to action for women everywhere. Her history reminds us that we can do anything with a purse full of Cheerios, a toddler in a stroller and a baby on our hip.”

Mo Duffy Cobb, Editorial Director, Pownal Street Press

Working together as a force for change, Porter honours the ‘unsung heroes’ of the movement with profiles of front-liners in the fields of early childhood education, politics and social services, which collectively were able to transform the landscape. This book will serve as an important historical document and primary source in the field of women’s studies. 

Unhistoric Acts fills the publishing mandate of Pownal Street Press in its telling of women’s stories and the rise of a political movement. We are especially thrilled to be adding this historical record to inspire women in our current times of challenges to women’s rights.”

— Genevieve Loughlin, Publishing Director, Pownal Street Press 

Dianne Porter’s work in equality issues in Prince Edward Island is monumental. Spanning decades, Dianne has advocated for early childcare reform, politics and the prevention of violence against women. A tireless advocate and a passionate leader, Dianne has made it her life’s work to improve the lives of women, both on the front lines and behind the scenes. Dianne lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. 

“…For the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts;
and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been,
is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

— George Eliot, “Middlemarch”