Esther Shannon grew up as a tomboy and then became a feminist, a mother and a lesbian somewhere between Cape Breton and British Columbia circa 1951 – 1977. In 1975, she founded the Powell River Women's Centre, one of the first rural women's centres established in British Columbia. Since then, she has worked on a wide range of feminist issues in government and the community in Ottawa and, for the last 30 years, in Vancouver. She is a former editor of Kinesis, a Vancouver-based feminist newspaper that played a central role in the B.C. women's movement for over 25 years. In 2007, she founded FIRST, a national coalition of feminists advocating for sex worker labour and human rights and for the decriminalization of sex work in Canada. Today, she works as a partner with Frontline Consulting, a consulting group with specific expertise around sex industry related issues, organizational and policy development and research, communications and public education. She passionately believes that neutrality is not a virtue, as Camus once argued, and celebrates all those who work for progressive change.