“Les Midinettes” were young French-Canadian women [refer to our about page to learn more] who worked 80 hours a week to earn barely five to ten dollars. These women used their voices to fight against injustice, labour inequality, and identity politics. Their voices were met with others who stood by their side: men, Anglophones, Jews, Ukrainians. If it weren’t for these women, the unionization of garment workers in Quebec wouldn’t have been successful.
After being silenced for so long, their voices were heard, and change ensued.
Our inaugural issue here at Midinette is titled after these women who had the courage to go against the Church and all the union skeptics of the 1930s-40s. Our selection of poetry and prose from writers across North America focuses on the body: as factory, as mobile, as privileged, as disadvantaged, as caged. We excerpt writing from writers that inspire us, just as the Midinettes inspire us. We review work that speaks to us and engage in conversation with the writers about their work.
Work that inspires, questions, and electrifies.
Two Poems by Bára Hladíková
a readymade dictionary. by Derek Beaulieu
On reviewing with Eileen Myles from Lemon Hound Selections
Barbara Rubin & The Exploding NY Underground—Isobel McHattie
We Happy Few by Compulsion Games—Iliana Coleman
Difficult People by Catriona Wright—Martha Stawska
The Antifa Comic Book by Gord Hill—James Brown
Normal People by Sally Rooney—Smriti Bansal
The Tiger Flu by Larissa Lai—Smriti Bansal
17776 by Jon Bois—James Somerville