- Bread and Roses
Dorothy Inglis, a native of British Columbia, grew up in a CCF family which put social activism in her veins. Her parents believed that politics was meant to be the social gospel put in practice, where people shared the world’s resources.
Dorothy has carried this belief through each phase of her life. Working in a store, she helped organize a union. She then began her training in social work and held several positions in that field. She found time to fall in love, marry, become pregnant, and be active in the women’s movement. With her husband, Gordon, and three children, she moved from her hometown of Vancouver to St. John’s in 1972.
In Newfoundland, Dorothy pursued a rich variety of work. She was a founding member of the St. John’s Status of Women, the St. John’s Women’s Centre and helped organize benefits for striking miners and trawlermen. For eight years she was the “Bread and Roses” columnist for The Evening Telegram.She served on the Avalon Consolidated School Board, was Vice.President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and ran as a candidate for the NDP twice. Dorothy Inglis has served on government boards, including the Premier’s Round Table on the Economy and Environment, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Electoral Boundaries Commission. She is also a Voice of Women delegate to the United Nations peace conference in Geneva. She currently is a member of the board of directors of the Council of Canadians and a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
Dorothy Inglis has been honored for her work on several occasions. She was a recipient of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women’s Robertine Barry Award for her writing on feminist issues and in 1989, she received the Governor.General’s Persons Medal for improving the status of women in Canada.