Margaret Atwood Speaking with Strong Statements Alongside Yung Wu, CEO of MaRS Discovery District at Collision Conference

Margaret Atwood on Roe v Wade: ‘If you’re a female Republican voter, I’d think twice’

On Monday, June 20, Margaret Atwood – one of the world’s most renowned writers, and a strong supporter of women’s rights and social and environmental justice – spoke on Centre Stage at Opening Night of the more than 35,000-person Collision conference.

Margaret is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry, critical essays and graphic novels, and has been published in more than 45 countries. Her latest novel, The Testaments, is a co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize, and the long-awaited sequel to her award-winning novel and TV series The Handmaid’s Tale.

Speaking on the controversial leaked memo from the US Supreme Court, Margaret issued a warning as to where society could be headed if Roe v Wade is overturned. “This leaked opinion on Roe v Wade was based on originalism – that is, it should be the original US constitution. The original US constitution did not include votes for women. So if you’re an originalist, and you’re a female Republican voter, I’d think twice about that,” said Margaret.

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Margaret Atwood – one of the world’s most renowned writers

Speaking alongside Margaret, Yung Wu, CEO of MaRS Discovery District, echoed Margaret’s optimism on the ability of tech to make a positive environmental impact

Yung Wu CEO of MaRS Discovery District
Yung Wu, CEO of MaRS Discovery District

He said that “this is a time for small groups of committed people to do special things”.

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Hosted by Gideon Lichfield – Global Editor-in-chief of Wired.

Video and Speaker Coverage Courtesy of Collision Conference.

Margaret Atwood on Roe v Wade: ‘If you’re a female Republican voter, I’d think twice’

Margaret said that young people are aware of these challenges, but that leaders have yet to rise to the occasion. “The kids are scared already. We have to go from scaring the kids to scaring the politicians, she said.

On the subject of climate change, Margaret said that she is optimistic about humanity’s ability to overcome it, but that there is a lack of political will. “Right now we’ve got the knowledge, we’ve got the equipment; it’s the will power we’re missing at the political level.”

“It is not the worst of times yet, but we could turn it around pretty soon.”




About MaRS
MaRS is a launchpad for startups, a platform for researchers and a home to innovators.

We support over 1,400 Canadian science and tech companies that are tackling some of society’s greatest challenges, providing them with tailored resources at every stage of their growth, from startup to scale-up. We focus on the four sectors — cleantech, health, fintech and enterprise software — where the potential is greatest to build high-impact companies that strengthen the economy.

About Collision
For two years in a row, Collision – North America’s fastest growing technology event – moved online. Making the pivot to host thousands of attendees online was referred to by the Sunday Times as a “pretty big experiment”. Now, Collision is returning in person to host the largest international event in Toronto in more than two years, with 35,000-plus attendees anticipated at Collision in the Enercare Centre from June 20-23, 2022.

About Web Summit
Forbes says Web Summit is “the best tech conference on the planet”. Bloomberg calls it “Davos for geeks”; Politico “the Olympics of tech”; the Guardian “Glastonbury for geeks”. In the words of Sky News, Web Summit is “the world’s most influential tech event”, and the Telegraph calls it the “planet's best tech conference”.




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