Dunn, Margo

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Dunn, Margo

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17 March 1944 -


Margo Dunn, actor, writer, feminist and owner of Ariel Books, has been an active force in the Vancouver women's movement since 1966. She participated in the Abortion Caravan to Ottawa in 1970, acted in guerrilla theatre, and taught Women's Studies at Vancouver City College Langara.

Born in Montreal, on March 17, 1944, Ms. Dunn completed a BA in English from Marianopolis College (de l'Universite de Montreal) in 1964. In 1966, she moved to Vancouver and attended Simon Fraser University from 1968 to 1970 working towards an MA in English. Ms. Dunn returned to SFU in 1974 and 1975 to finish work on her MA thesis, "The Development of Narrative in the Writing of Isabella Valency Crawford." From 1977 to 1979 she worked as an editor and taught drama at the University of New Brunswick. She also ran in the 1978 New Brunswick provincial election as a candidate for the NDP. Ms. Dunn has also taught women's studies at VCC-Langara in Vancouver from 1980 to 1990. Ms. Dunn is also a writer and editor; she edited the publication Makara in the 1970s and Room of Ones Own, in the early 1980s. In addition to her professional activities, Margo Dunn is an unofficial record-keeper of the Vancouver women's movement. She collected and stored material that she felt was important to record women's activities in the struggle for freedom and equality. In this role, she was sought out by representatives of various women's organizations and individuals to store and preserve their records.

More recently, Ms. Dunn has been a columnist for X'tra West and Angles. She also contributes opinion and editorial pieces for the gay and lesbian television programs, Prism and, later, Outlook. She also writes and performs her own work and has resumed her early profession as an actor.


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