Out Standing in the Field: A Memoir by Canada's First Female Infantry Officer by Sandra PerronOut Standing in the Field: A Memoir by Canada's First Female Infantry Officer by Sandra Perron

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

bySandra Perron

Paperback | April 6, 2017

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Some books are catalysts. Shake Hands with the Devil was one. For 2017, that book is Out Standing in the Field. In her memoir, Sandra Perron describes her experience of the Canadian Military - one of the most important institutions of our nation. What she has to say is exactly what the top brass has been paying lip-service to for years, and doing nothing to improve.

In 2016, the Auditor General's Report noted that the military had no strategy to recruit women, even though they are required to meet a target that 25% of the uniformed personnel be women. According to Statistics Canada, 1,000 members of our military say they have been sexually assaulted in the past year.

In her revealing and moving memoir, Sandra Perron, Canada's first female infantry officer and a member of the Royal 22e Régiment - the legendary "Van Doos" - describes her fight against a system of institutional sexism. Though repeatedly identified as top of her class throughout her training, she was subject to harassment by her male colleagues.

Her military experience, however, wasn't all negative. Through two deployments to Bosnia and Croatia, Perron forged lasting friendships with men and women, serving her country with courage and compassion, and her determination helped pave the way for women's inclusion in the Armed Forces.

Out Standing in the Field is the story of a soldier who refused to let her comrades or her country down, even while serving a military institution that failed her repeatedly. Beautifully written, Perron's memoir is a testament to her fortitude and patriotism, and serves as proof that the spirit of a true hero cannot be bent or broken.

Sandra Perron is a senior partner with A New Dynamic Enterprise Inc, specializing in Organizational Behaviour, Quality Engineering and Lean Manufacturing. She has chaired the Minister's Advisory Board on Employment Equity and is currently a member of the Board of Governors for the Corps of Commissionnaires in Québec. She is the founder...
Title:Out Standing in the Field: A Memoir by Canada's First Female Infantry OfficerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:April 6, 2017Publisher:Cormorant BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770864946

ISBN - 13:9781770864948

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT!!! Loved this...and feel all women should read......wonderful story!
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great insight! This book was so eye-opening! I am so inspired by Ms. Perron, but I also wanted to give her a shake and ask her why her job was so important. Great read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Read! This book is an exceptional read. it tells about the trials and tribulations of a young woman trying to enter the male dominated Canadian warrior society of the Van Doos in the mid-'80s. An eye opening account of the way things were back then for women breaking into the non-traditional role of a combat infantry officer. As she tells her complete story for the first time it will make you laugh, cry and be angry at the situations she faced. It is an extremely well-written book that is hard to put down once you start it.
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary! Out Standing in the Field is captivating from start to finish! The courage and determination Sandra Perron shows in the face of such adversity, gender discrimination and sexual harassment is truly humbling. Much, much respect for this woman!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye opener! Amazing story of courage and resilience while facing misogyny and abuse in the Canadian Forces. Her story made me cry, made me laugh and made me angry at the weak men who felt threatened by the first woman infantry officer.
Date published: 2017-04-26