Heroes in My Head
One of Canada’s best-known feminists lays bare the public and private battles that have shaped her life. She documents two major decades in her life: when she became a high-profile spokesperson for the pro-choice movement during the fight to legalize abortion; and when she took on her biggest challenge as a public figure by becoming president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She also reveals the very private battles she waged during these important decades to heal from childhood sexual abuse. Heroes in My Head is a personal and social history as Rebick’s story shows the connection between political and personal change. The result is a fascinating, heartbreaking, but ultimately empowering story.
On Mental Health
In her new memoir Heroes in My Head, Judy Rebick not only reveals for the first time that she suffered from both depression and Multiple Personality Syndrome, now called Dissociative Identity Disorder, while working in the public eye as a leader of the women’s movement. Rebick’s story shows us that mental health issues can motivate us to work for change and even to great creativity and courage. Work for social change can also contribute to healing past trauma. Rebick helps to open up a new framework for healing from what she calls mental injury.
On Feminism and MeToo
MeToo is a powerful new movement built on decades of women’s struggle against gendered violence. For the first time, the “benefit of the doubt” is being shifted and woman are being believed. Rebick shows how secrets and lies about male violence have propped up patriarchy generations and how MeToo is a huge stop towards gender equality.