Simonne Monet-Chartrand, militant, social activist, and speaker (b at Montréal 4 Nov 1919; d at Richelieu, Qc 18 Jan 1993). Simonne Monet-Chatrand was born into a comfortable middle class Montreal family, and from the time of her secondary studies was involved in la Jeunesse étudiante catholique (J.
Simonne Monet-Chartrand, militant, social activist, and speaker (b at Montréal 4 Nov 1919; d at Richelieu, Qc 18 Jan 1993). Simonne Monet-Chatrand was born into a comfortable middle class Montreal family, and from the time of her secondary studies was involved in la Jeunesse étudiante catholique (J.E.C.) where she met union leader Michel CHARTRAND. She married him in 1942, and the couple would have six children.
This woman of action would lend her support to innumerable causes: feminist activities, religious, educational, social and national movements. In the fifties, she collaborated in the setting up of marriage preparation services, parent's schools, parent-teacher associations, family unions and cooperatives. In 1949, she could be found at her husband's side on committees supporting the asbestos strikers, and later, as a member of the socio-political committee for the CENTRALE DES ENSEIGNANTS DU QUÉBEC (Quebec teacher's Union) (1972-1975).
Through the following decade, she would co-found the Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ), the pacifist movement Voix des femmes, and the Movement for Nuclear Disarmament. Then, in 1978, she was co-founder of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute dedicated to feminist studies.
Professionally, she was in turn a radio and television writer and researcher for women's broadcasts and public affairs for RADIO-CANADA (Femina, Femmes d'aujourd'hui, 5D); in charge of public relations for the Syndicat des enseignants de Champlain; and assistant director of the League of Human Rights.
As an author, in addition to countless writings for conferences and columns, she published four volumes of her autobiography Ma vie comme rivière (1981 -1992), and L'espoir et le défi de la paix (1988).
Simonne Monet-Chartrand died at her home in Richelieu, which faces the river that would serve as the title to her memoirs.