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Biography & Autobiography Women

It Should Be Easy to Fix

by (author) Bonnie Robichaud

Between the Lines
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
Women, Feminism & Feminist Theory, Sexual Abuse & Harassment
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    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
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  • Downloadable audio file

    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
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In 1977, Bonnie Robichaud accepted a job at the Department of Defence military base in North Bay, Ontario. After a string of dead-end jobs, with five young children at home, Robichaud was ecstatic to have found a unionized job with steady pay, benefits, and vacation time.

After her supervisor began to sexually harass and intimidate her, her story could have followed the same course as countless women before her: endure, stay silent, and eventually quit. Instead, Robichaud filed a complaint after her probation period was up. When a high-ranking officer said she was the only one who had ever complained, Robichaud said, “Good. Then it should be easy to fix.”

This timely and revelatory memoir follows her gruelling eleven-year fight for justice, which was won in the Supreme Court of Canada. The unanimous decision set a historic legal precedent that employers are responsible for maintaining a respectful and harassment-free workplace. Robichaud’s story is a landmark piece of Canadian labour history—one that is more relevant today than ever.

About the author

Bonnie Robichaud is a union activist, public speaker, mentor, and a recognized pioneer and leader in the fight for human rights. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

Bonnie Robichaud's profile page


  • Short-listed, Ottawa Book Awards, English Non-fiction
  • Winner, Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Medalist, Women's Issues

Editorial Reviews

"I had tears of joy in my eyes when I finished the book. Why? Because Robichaud had the courage to revisit the humiliation and is proud she secured rights for all women. Because union sisters who supported her activism changed labour movement culture and now our brothers stand with us. And because, with women like her as inspiration, we still fight."

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