I met Christine Baldacchino at the 2015 American Library Association Stonewall Award ceremony in San Francisco. Her picture book, Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, was honored the same year This Day in June won the Stonewall award. When she got up to accept her award, the first thing she said was, “I’m so nervous I could pee my pants!” And I thought, This woman is my soul sister. We’ve been friends ever since.
Here’s what Christine had to say in response to the question, “What does feminism mean to me?”
For me, feminism means working towards a place where I don’t have to wonder whether things would be different if I wasn’t the person I am. It’s about honoring those who worked to get us, as a larger group, just a little closer to that place, and educating ourselves so that we have the tools to pick up where our predecessors left off. It’s about celebrating achievements along the way, but never resting on our laurels. It’s about not slowing our forward momentum until all of us arrive at that place – each and every one of us.
Thanks so much, Christine! And I promise, one day I’ll come visit you in Canada.
Christine Baldacchino is a former early childhood educator, and the author of the widely-acclaimed Stonewall Honour book Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress. As a champion of both self-expression and anti-bullying, Christine believes that kids should be given the leeway and encouragement to discover who they are, whether it be in denim overalls or a taffeta dress. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband and three cats, and likes popsicles, Prince, and writing her author bios in the third person.
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