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Biography & Autobiography Social Activists

The Unconventional Nancy Ruth

by (author) Ramona Lumpkin

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
May 2021
Social Activists, Political, Women, Women in Politics
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Born into privilege but expected to use her advantages for the good of others, Senator Nancy Ruth has led an uncommon, unconventional life. From her religious ministry to rewriting Canada's national anthem to make it gender-neutral, this outspoken, complicated woman has put her stamp on Canada's public life. Her generous feminist philanthropy allowed numerous women's organizations to flourish, and her talents for friendship and for controversy meant the work was serious but never dull. Like Nancy herself, this book is rich in surprises and contradictions about a remarkable woman who used her privilege to support social change and the battle to better women’s lives.

About the author

Dr. Ramona Lumpkin is the President Emerita of Mount Saint Vincent University. Her previous roles include Principal of Huron University College and V.P. Academic and Provost of Royal Roads University. In 2014, Dr. Lumpkin was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. In October of 2017 she received the Governor General’s Persons Case Award for her advocacy on behalf of women’s rights. She lives in Halifax Nova Scotia.


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Editorial Reviews

"Ramona Lumpkin ... has meticulously recorded Ruth's life, including her dedication to numerous feminist causes. Thanks to this impressive volume, Nancy Ruth's unconventional life, and her many accomplishments, can take their rightful place in our history."

Herizons Magazine

"Immensely readable ... a moving account of a daughter setting out to make her mom proud."

Literary Review of Canada

"Retired Canadian Senator Nancy Ruth is a compelling subject for this meticulously researched, very well-written and extremely honest biography by Dr. Ramona Lumpkin."

Winnipeg Free Press