Herizons

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Canada’s longest surviving feminist magazine, Herizons, grew out of The Manitoba Women’s Newspaper. The first issue of Herizons magazine was published in February 1983, after funds from the federal department of Employment and Immigration were secured to operate Herizons as a community economic development enterprise. Six staff managed the monthly non-profit newsmagazine along the lines of a staff-run cooperative. A small board oversaw finances.

Herizons quickly grew into Canada’s largest national feminist magazine with Debbie Holmberg-Schwartz as its managing editor. Other volunteers from The Manitoba Women’s Newspaper were hired: Patricia Rawson, Brigitte Sutherland, Marnie Pastuck, Gerri Thorsteinson and later, Penni Mitchell.

Herizons published monthly for two years, then bi-monthly for two more. By 1986, Herizons had a paid readership of 7,000. Topics covered included sexual harassment, smoking cessation, body image, women’s history, parenting, abortion, child support, divorce, aging, feminist artists, women with disabilities, mental health and women, lesbian feminists, the feminist anti-nuclear movement, pornography, law reform, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, race discrimination, and immigrant women. Cover interviews included author Margaret Atwood, anti-nuclear scientist Rosalie Bertell, and birthing expert Sheila Kitzinger. Noted Canadian author Carol Shields was fiction editor at Herizons from 1984 to 1985, a position later occupied by poet Di Brant. Regular contributors and regional editors included Betsy Warland, Mary Louise Adams, and satirist Lyn Cockburn. In March 1987, Herizons closed after its federal grant was not renewed.

Herizons carried advertisements for women’s studies programs, Heather Bishop’s children’s albums, women’s carpentry services, women’s law offices, Manitoba tourism, children’s toys, and locally made cloth baby carriers.

In 1992, Herizons was re-started by two of its former staff members, finance manager Patricia Rawson and managing editor Penni Mitchell, who worked closely with a handful of Winnipeg volunteers. Herizons has published quarterly since 1992 and remains Canada’s largest feminist magazine. www.herizons.ca

Penni Mitchell, volunteer, The Manitoba Women’s Newspaper, 1981-82
Managing Editor, Herizons magazine, 1992 to the present

Title Date
HERizons – Vol. 1, No. 1 – February 1983 February 1983
HERizons – Vol. 1, No. 3 – May 1983 May 1983
HERizons – Vol. 1, No. 4 – June 1983 Summer 1983
HERizons – Vol. 1, No. 5 – June 1983 June 1983
HERizons – Vol. 1, No. 6 – August 1983 August 1983
HERizons – Vol. 1, No. 7 – September 1983 September 1983
HERizons – Vol. 1, No. 8 – November 1983 November 1983
HERizons – Vol. 1, No. 9 – December 1983 December 1983
HERizons – Vol. 2, No. 1 – April 1984 April 1984
HERizons – Vol. 2, No. 2 – May 1984 May 1984
HERizons – Vol. 2, No. 3 – June/July 1984 June, July 1984
HERizons – Vol. 2, No. 4 – August 1984 August 1984
HERizons – Vol. 2, No. 5 – September 1984 September 1984
HERizons – Vol. 2, No. 6 – October 1984 October 1984
HERizons – Vol. 2, No. 7 – November 1984 November 1984
HERizons – Vol. 2, No. 8 – December 1984 December 1984
HERizons – Vol. 3, No. 1 – January/February 1985 January, February 1985
HERizons – Vol. 3, No. 2 – March 1985 March 1985
HERizons – Vol. 3, No. 3 – April 1985 April 1985
HERizons – Vol. 3, No. 4 – May 1985 May 1985
HERizons – Vol. 3, No. 8 – December 1985 December 1985
Herizons – Vol. 4, No. 2 – March 1986 March 1986
HERizons – Vol. 4, No. 3 – April/May 1986 April, May 1986
HERizons – Vol. 4, No. 4 – June 1986 June 1986
HERizons – Vol. 4, No. 5 – July/August 1986 July, August 1986
HERizons – Vol. 4, No. 6 – September 1986 September 1986
HERizons – Vol. 4, No. 7 – October/November 1986 October, November 1986
HERizons – Vol. 1, No. 2 – April 1983 April 1983
HERizons – Vol. 3, No. 6 – September 1985 September 1985
HERizons – Vol. 5, No. 2 – March 1987 March 1987

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