Peta Tancred was born in London, England, and was raised in India until she reached nine years of age, at which point she lived in England until the age of thirteen. Her family then moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she lived until the age of fifteen, whereupon they moved to Ottawa, Canada. At the age of five, Peta, accompanied by her eight-year-old sister, was sent to boarding school in Simla, India – a four-day’s train journey away from her parents. From then on, the two sisters would visit their parents only on an annual basis. rnPeta was a strong, independent and capable woman of great intellect and a desire for learning. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and English from McGill University, her Master of Arts (with distinction) in Sociology at the University of Montréal, and her PhD in Sociology from the London School of Economics. She was a professor of Sociology at McMaster University and at McGill where she directed the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women. rnSince the l980s, Peta was involved in feminist work of all kinds, focusing particularly on women’s work in organizational settings, where she was considered a leader in the field of “Gendering Organizational Analysis”. Through the course of her professional career, Peta published ten books and more than fifty other publications in both French and English, pertaining to the role of women in society.