TORONTO, June 7, 2022 – The Landsberg Award, which celebrates exceptional coverage of women’s equality issues, went to Calgary-based freelancer Christina Frangou for her independent character-driven stories in Chatelaine, Toronto Life and Reader’s Digest revealing discrimination in Canada’s medical and legal systems. The award is presented in association with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, which provides the $5,000 prize.
On Frangou, one juror remarked: “she is smart, thorough and a beautiful writer, which is important in a country with a shrinking magazine industry and few opportunities for good reporters to also become engaging storytellers.”
The award is named after Michele Landsberg, a prize-winning Canadian journalist, author, social activist and feminist, in acknowledgement of the tremendous impact that she has had as an advocate and role model for Canadian women.
The other finalists for this year’s award and the stories or series shortlisted were:
Robyn Doolittle, with additional contributions from Chen Wang and Tavia Grant, for The Power Gap, a Globe and Mail series examining gender discrimination in Canadian workplaces. Doolittle (2018) and Grant (2017) are past Landsberg Award winners.
- Stories submitted:
1) The Power Gap: Women are outnumbered and outranked at Canada’s vital public institutions, Globe analysis finds
2) Corporate Canada is still a boys’ club, data analysis shows – and COVID-19 could make it more so
3) To stop gender discrimination at work, Canada has all the laws it needs – but the system enforcing them is broken
Maggie Rahr, with additional contributions from Nancy Hunter and Janice Evans, for CBC’s Carrie Low VS. podcast on Low’s fight to have her rape properly investigated by police in Nova Scotia.
Freelancer Sarah Ratchford for their independent investigations for Reader’s Digest, Refinery29 and Xtra Magazine into the structural barriers limiting access to abortions in the Maritimes and the battles for more accessible care.
Mercedes Stephenson, Amanda Connolly and Marc-André Cossette for their Global News coverage on sexual misconduct allegations against high-ranking Canadian military officials.
- Stories submitted:
1) Former top soldier Gen. Jonathan Vance facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour with female subordinates: sources
2) IN HER WORDS: One of the women behind Vance allegations tells her story
3) McDonald sexual misconduct allegation was not deemed ‘unfounded,’ military confirms