In the Wings – Stories of Forgotten Women

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Stories of Forgotten Women

Edited by Bernadette Rule

ISBN-13: 978-1-927079-10-2
ISBN-10: 1-927079-10-1
$19.95 Cdn/trade paperback
$19.95 US/trade paperback
162 pages
6″ x 9″

It takes dedication and cooperation to omit women from the story of the human race. Not only do women outnumber men, we are by definition central to the future of the human species. So how is it that we were so rarely present at any point in history? In the Wings is an attempt to stop cooperating with this massive omission.

Women profiled include – Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare; Hélène Boullé de Champlain, wife of Samuel de Champlain; Molly Brant, sister of Joseph Brant; Laura Secord, Secord’s famous journey through enemy lines; Georgina Hogarth, sister-in-law of Charles Dickens; Marguerite Monet Riel, wife of Louis Riel; Bridget Boland, an Irish 19th-century murder victim; Alice Seeley Harris, a missionary to Africa whose photographs sparked an outcry against Belgian atrocities in the Congo; Constance Lloyd, wife of Oscar Wilde; Edith Bolling Wilson, wife of Woodrow Wilson; Annie Taylor, the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel; Syrie Wellcome Maugham, wife of Somerset Maugham; Pilar Casals, mother of Pablo Casals; Lillian Bounds Disney, wife of Walt Disney; Joan Douglas, daughter of Tommy Douglas; The Rani of Jhansi, the Indian Queen who led the Rebellion of 1857; and Bertha Fried Hirning, a pioneer in the Spirit River area of northern Alberta.


Jean Rae Baxter started writing fulltime a dozen years ago, following a career in education. She writes for both adults and young adults. Short story collections A Twist of Malice and Scattered Light, as well as her literary murder mystery Looking For Cardenio, comprise the former category. Increasingly she is turning to young adult historical fiction to tell the story of Canada’s past. Freedom Bound, released in February 2012, follows The Way Lies North and Broken Trail, completing her trilogy set during the American Revolution.

Although William Chan spent his academic career at McMaster University as a scientist, he kept a long-standing interest in literature and music. After retirement, he took a course in creative writing. The guidance and encouragement he received in that course have induced in him a love of fiction writing.

Jane Devries is a mom, a software tester, and a perpetual student. She writes for relaxation, but some of her work has been published by Naked Ambition Press. She has written a pre-teen mystery and is currently editing the work to fine-tune the technical references.

Ethel Edey is a novice writer and this is her first published work. She recently retired from a rewarding career in healthcare administration and hopes retirement will offer more time for writing. She began writing through the Writing Certificate program at McMaster. Her goal is to write the untold stories of remarkable Canadian women who, unnoticed and unrecognized, provided the foundation upon which our country was built.

Joe Girard is an award-winning actor and filmmaker living in Ottawa. His writing has been published in three countries, and a number of poems have received commendation from He writes music for the bands Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers, and Hobo Sapiens of which he is a part. His zen gardens were featured in the Hamilton, Ontario art exhibit, Absorb. Follow his growing collection of art at .

Rachel Harvey is a mother of one and loves being a student. After working in Administration for several years, she returned to school and recently completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English from McMaster University. She has published articles and poetry in HMagazine, The Silhouette, Greater Hamilton Musician, and is a regular editorial contributor for TV On the sly, she writes country songs and enjoys jamming with her band Rachel Strong and the
Sentimental Hearts.

Linda Helson is a prize-winning poet and short story writer living in Dundas, Ontario. Her writing has been published in Main Street,The Hamilton Spectator, Street Names of Hamilton, Ten Stories High,Hard-boiled Love, Nine Modern Muses and Country Connection Magazine.
As well, she edited Beyond Paradise: An Architectural History of Dundas, and contributed to William Lyon Mackenzie Slept Here: A Walking Tour of Dundas. For the past two years she has administered the short story contest, Creative Keyboards for the Hamilton Arts Council.

Pauline Hewak is a high school English teacher in Hamilton, Ontario. As a child she had some poems published in the Spectator’s Junior Press Club, and another published in the McMaster student newspaper. For years her writing took the form of letters of complaint and the occasional journal entry. McMaster’s Creative Writing Program has brought her back to poetry and fiction writing.

Lise Lévesque is a Montreal-born writer whose career meandered through the fields of travel, communication, education and mental health. Her present-day challenge, as a director of The Assembly of Francophones of Ontario, is to foment a spirit of democracy within a multi-cultural environment. A graduate of the McMaster University’s Writing Program, she plans to write more fiction than speeches throughout her golden years.

Mary-Eileen McClear is an award-winning storyteller and founder of The Story Barn, a centre which promotes the art of storytelling. She has performed on stages across Canada and in the U.S. since 1983. Winner of a 2002 Writer’s Union of Canada competition for her story Cows and Robbers, Mary-Eileen can be heard on her recording, “Oh Canada: Strange But True Stories of Early Canada,” and on the forthcoming “Voices in the Trees.”

Todd McKinstry lives, works and writes in Hamilton, Ontario. Having reached a point in life where he needed to start planning for his retirement before he’d ever really decided what he wanted to do for a living, he took up writing. He is actively at work on his first novel and
a book of short stories.

Waheed Rabbani is a historical fiction author living in Grimsby. He was born in India and completed his University education in the UK and Canada. An engineer by profession, Waheed’s other love is English literature. He obtained a Certificate in Creative Writing from McMaster University. Waheed’s historical novel, Doctor Margaret’s Sea Chest, published by Youwriteon-Legend Press UK, is available on line, in bookstores or through, Apple iBooks. It’s the first book in his Azadi Trilogy. (

Bernadette Rule is the author of seven collections of poetry, most recently a book of selected poems entitled The Literate Thief (Larkspur Press, 2006). Larkspur will release another volume of her poetry in 2013. Rule edited Frederick Gower Turnbull’s Remember Me to Everybody: Letters from India, 1945 to 1949 (West Meadow Press, 1996), and hosts Art Waves, an arts-interview radio program, every Sunday at 7 pm on indi101.

Jean Ryan was born in Brooklyn, back when NYC had 3 major league baseball teams. She moved to Canada in 1971. A professional storyteller ,she studied under Helen Porter as well as at the Storytellers School of Toronto. In 2003, she had a piece included in Volume 2 of Expert Women Who Speak… Speak Out. While taking the Creative Writing Program at MacMaster, she received the Award of Academic Excellence.

Judy Pollard Smith’s articles, travel pieces, book reviews, short stories have appeared in The Globe And Mail, The National Post, The Hamilton Spectator, in British magazines and in the literary magazine Room. Other publications include several articles and workbooks for ESL teachers. Her essays have been read on CBC Radio One. She was awarded Britain’s 2012 Lady Violet Astor Rosebowl Award for her article, “Downsizing is a Huge Step” (Globe & Mail, Aug. 25, 2011). The honour was bestowed by The Society Of Women Writers and Journalists, a group to which she has belonged for twenty years.

Richard Van Holst is a research assistant at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. His duties allow him to dabble in many of his favourite disciplines, such as literature, history and theology. When he is not working he enjoys reading, listening to classical music, watching a wide variety of films, and of course, writing.

Michelle Ward-Kantor is a mother and part-time elementary teacher who has also worked as a technical writer/editor and secretary. She has won an award for song lyrics and a merit award for technical communication, and has had work published in Main Street, an anthology published by the Creative Writing Program of McMaster University.

Carol Leigh Wehking has been writing since her childhood: fiction, poetry, essays, and articles. She has for the last couple of decades been a professional storyteller, and though some of her work has been published in newspapers and periodicals, most of her recent writing has reached the public through her performances. She is deeply interested in exploring the stories of real women who chose lives out of the ordinary, and Annie Edson Taylor is one of these. Carol Leigh is a Quaker, has two grown children, and lives in Cambridge, Ontario, with her partner.