2017 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

for Out Standing in the Field: A Memoir by Canada’s First Female Infantry Officer

Jury Citation

“Sandra Perron was the first female infantry officer in the Canadian Forces. In 1992, photos surfaced from a training exercise showing her tied to a tree, beaten, barefoot in the snow. That didn't bother her. What upset her was that, if she left her jacket somewhere out of sight, men in her unit would secretly rip the Van Doo patches off. Out Standing in the Field is a memoir about the challenges women face in hostile work environments and the toughness required to succeed. Compelling, readable, and brutally frank, Perron’s book helps us to see familiar issues in a new way.” – 2017 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Jury (Taiaiake Alfred, Joseph Heath, and Kady O’Malley)