Literary Nonfiction. Women's Studies. Disability Studies. STILL LIVING THE EDGES: A DISABLED WOMEN'S READER is a follow up to Diane Driedger's 2010 anthology, LIVING THE EDGES: A DISABLED WOMEN'S READER. Ten years after the publication of the first book, the lives of women with disabilities have not changed much, as disabled women still face discrimination because they are women and because they are disabled. STILL LIVING THE EDGES is an international reader that features articles, poetry, essays and visual art from women with various disabilities, from nations such as Canada, United States, Australia, Russia, United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. Disabled women are still on the edges, whether that be on the cutting edge, being pushed to the edges of society or challenging the edges, the barriers in their way. This collection brings together the diverse voices of women with various disabilities, both physical and mental. Disabled women write about their experiences with violence, employment, relationships, body image, sexuality and family life, society's attitudes, and physical, sexual and emotional abuse. They also talk about the challenges of navigating inaccessible environments, both physical and attitudinal. They explore their identity as women with various disabilities—mental and physical. In the last section of STILL LIVING THE EDGES, disabled women write about how they are challenging the physical and attitudinal barriers that exclude them from society.
Diane Driedger has been involved in the disability rights movement at the local, national and international levels for 40 years, with organizations such as Disabled Peoples' International (DPI), the DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN) Canada, and Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD). She has published ten books, including four anthologies by women with disabilities, and The Last Civil Rights Movement: Disabled Peoples' International (1989). She is also a poet and visual artist. Her most recent books are STILL LIVING THE EDGES: A DISABLED WOMEN'S READER (Inanna Publications, 2020), LIVING THE EDGES: A DISABLED WOMEN'S READER (Inanna Publications, 2010), and RED WITH LIVING: POEMS AND ART (Inanna Publications, 2016). She is Assistant Professor in the Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Disability Studies at the University of Manitoba.Author City: Winnipeg, MB CAN