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Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting In Conversation with Susan A. Thompson

This Sunday, November 27th, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting In Conversation with Susan A. Thompson from 2pm to 4pm. Shannon Sampert, Perspective and Policy Editor at the Winnipeg Free Press, will join Susan on stage in what is sure to be a lively discussion.

Both women are trailblazers with many firsts to their name. Shannon is the fist women op-ed editor in the 144 year history of the Winnipeg Free Press and Susan’s firsts can be found on her bio page.

We hope to see you on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. See the e-invite for more details on this event.

See you there!

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To Boldly Go – Susan Thompson featured in Winnipeg Free Press

October was Women’s History Month in Canada, a time to celebrate the achievements of women and trailblazers throughout our history. On Saturday October 8th, 2016, the Winnipeg Free Press celebrated the remarkable life and achievements of our very own Susan A. Thompson. The newspaper featured two full pages, which detailed her early days as the first woman mayor of Winnipeg and the launch of her new autobiography Her Worship: Moments in History, Moments in Time.

Winnipeg Free Press politics and perspectives editor Shannon Sampert wrote a wonderful article sharing some insights from the book and the launch event. She talked about some of the difficulties that Susan overcame when she ran for mayor.

In another twist of fate, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the right of women to vote, spearheaded in Manitoba by Nellie McClung. Surely, Nellie faced similar issues all those years ago.

While Susan faced many obstacles during her time as mayor, she successfully led the city through many trying times, particularly the 1997 Flood of the Century, and accomplished many of the goals she laid out at the beginning of the campaign, most notably changing the administrative model from a Board of Commissioners to a CAO model.

It is important that Susan`s story is told. Unfortunately, today`s women face many of the same stereotypes Susan did twenty-four years ago. Take the opportunity to read Susan’s stories in her own words. Listen to her words and learn from her. It is so important that women write their own history.
As Shannon Sampert says in her article, “Finally, her story has been documented and it can’t be ignored.”

Thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for this great two-page feature about this important biography.

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Twenty-Four Years Ago, October 28, 1992

History was made twenty-four years ago. Susan A. Thompson was elected the first, and so far only, woman Mayor of the City of Winnipeg. While Susan broke the glass ceiling, there is still work to do. Women throughout the country still face an uphill battle when it comes to opportunities in politics, business and executive leadership. This needs to change.

Women make a difference. They offer new perspectives, as Susan showed twenty-four years ago. Her book is a call to action for all of us to make more opportunities available to all the exceptional women around us. It is 2016! Now is the time.

October 28, 1992 will go down as one of the most spectacular days of my life. After 118 years, the citizens of the city of Winnipeg elected their first female mayor. I don’t know that I realized the challenges I was about to face at that point, but I certainly understood the magnitude of this accomplishment and its responsibilities. History had been made.

Susan A. Thompson

I believe most women do not go into politics for power, but to make things better and to make a difference.

Susan A. Thompson

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On McNally Robinson Bestsellers List for Fourth Straight Week

Her Worship: Moments in History, Moments in Time is on the McNally Robinson paperback non-fiction Bestsellers List for the fourth straight week! This list was compiled for the week from October 16th, 2016 to October 26th, 2016. The support has been remarkable and we truly appreciate everyone who’s bought the book. You can still get your copy at McNally Robinson and at many other locations throughout Winnipeg.

Onward and Upward!

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Number 1 for 2 straight weeks on McNally Robinson Bestsellers List

Her Worship: Moments in History, Moments in Time is number one on the McNally Robinson paperback non-fiction Bestsellers List for second straight week! This list was compiled for the week from October 2nd, 2016 to October 12th, 2016. The support has been remarkable and we truly appreciate everyone who’s bought the book. You can still get your copy at McNally Robinson and at many other locations throughout Winnipeg.

Onward and Upward!

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Number One on McNally Robinson non-fiction Bestsellers List

Her Worship: Moments in History, Moments in Time is number one on the McNally Robinson paperback non-fiction Bestsellers List for the week from September 25th, 2016 to October 5th, 2016. The support has been remarkable and we truly appreciate everyone who’s bought the book. You can still get your copy at McNally Robinson and at many other locations throughout Winnipeg.

Onward and Upward!

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Susan Thompson Launches Autobiography at McNally Robinson

img_7189Susan Thompson, Mayor of the City of Winnipeg,1992-1995;1995- 1998, launched her autobiography in front of a standing room only crowd on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg. Over 200 people attended the event, which featured Susan Thompson sharing several stories from her time as Mayor. She recounted the beginnings of her campaign for Mayor, that she was an outsider to the political process and had no ties to any political party. She also related the story of how Winnipeg won the Canadian bid to host the 1999 Pan American games. Her engaging storytelling manner and the nail biting closeness of this vote had attendees gasping at the surprisingly close result.

After the reading and a short question and answer period, Susan Thompson began signing books. The lineup stretched out through McNally Robinson and into the Grant Park Mall. Susan stayed at the signing table for almost two hours, writing personalized messages to each and every person who bought her book.

The event inspired many in the crowd to continue fighting for gender equality. Susan Thompson’s story is one of triumph for women in politics but she is still the only woman mayor of the City of Winnipeg in its 142 year history. While celebrating her accomplishments during her remarkable life, Susan also took time to celebrate other women’s accomplishments. Devi Sharma, who was in attendance at the event, is the first women speaker of City Council. Susan also recognized the efforts of the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to have his cabinet be equally represented by women.

img_7234The title of her autobiography is His Her Worship. Not long after Susan Thompson became Mayor of Winnipeg in 1992, she was given official documents to sign. She immediately noticed “His Worship” printed on all the documents, to the left of where she was to sign her name… not “Her/His” Worship, just “His” Worship. Susan was taken aback that in this day and age, the document was printed in this manner. It was clear that absolutely no thought or consideration had been given to the fact that, at some point, the City of Winnipeg might have a woman as Mayor. She realized that if she requested a reprint of the documents, it would be perceived as an unnecessary expense… plus it would create “chatter.” So Mayor Thompson settled the matter by simply crossing out HIS with a red marker and adding HER instead… hence the title of the book!

Media enquiries can be made at Susan’s website susanannthompson.ca or by email to support@susanannthompson.ca.

Photos provided by Nadine Kampen