Since 1979, the year Chatelaine introduced its very first Woman of the Year (Diane Jones-Konihowski, a champion pentathlete), we’ve awarded the title to superstars spanning the arts, politics, business and beyond. Cultural heavyweight Margaret Atwood (1981), Kim Campbell, Canada’s first female prime minister (1994) and emerging country star k.d. lang (1988) have all held the honour. Here, a few of our most memorable covers.
The woman: Margaret Atwood
The year: 1981
Then 41, Canada’s prolific “Superwriter,” as we dubbed her on our cover, was already the author of four novels and nine books of poetry. Later that year, she’d add the Companion of the Order of Canada to her pile of accolades. But for all her published works, as Chatelaine writer Judith Timson wrote in Atwood’s Woman of the Year profile, “that brilliant, beautiful, man-hating, but well-adjusted, somehow plain (though slightly exotic), happy and successful (albeit weird and pessimistic), but really perfectly normal cultural icon is her own best character.”
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