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Prominent Women in Canada since 1960

  • Marie Daria Haust

    Marie Daria Haust
    Marie Daria Haust becomes the first woman on the Medical Faculty, at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. *Date is not exact*
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    Prominent Women in Canada

  • Pauline Johnson

    Pauline Johnson
    Pauline Johnson becomes the first individual Canadian woman to appear on a Canadian postage stamp.
  • Ellen Fairclough

    Ellen Fairclough
    Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Ellen Fairclough, manages to dismantle the Discriminatory Policy.
  • Jeanne Fisher Manery

    Jeanne Fisher Manery
    Jeanne Fisher Manery becomes the first woman appointed professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. *Date not Exact*
  • Mary "Bonnie" Baker

    Mary "Bonnie" Baker
    Mary "Bonnie" Baker becomes the first female sports caster on CKRM Radio in Regina, Saskatchewan. *Date not Exact*
  • Grace MacInnis

    Grace MacInnis
    Grace MacInnis is the first woman elected to the British Columbia House of Commons. *Date not Exact*
  • Jean Edmonds

    Jean Edmonds
    Jean Edmonds is the first woman executive in the federal government as an executive director with the Department of Manpower and Immigration. *Date not Exact*
  • Rosemary Brown

    Rosemary Brown
    Rosemary Brown is the first black woman elected to a provincial legislature as a member of the New Democratic Party in British Columbia *Date not Exact*
  • Muriel McQueen Furgusson

     Muriel McQueen Furgusson
    Muriel McQueen Furgusson becomes the first woman Speaker of the Senate of Canada and the first woman speaker in the Canadian Parliament. *Date not Exact*
  • Pauline McGibbon

    Pauline McGibbon
    Pauline McGibbon is appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario and became the first Canadian woman to obtain such a position. *Date not Exact*
  • Judith Quinlan, Boo Watson and Ellen Woodsworth

    CORA, The Feminist Bookmobile is launched by Judith Quinlan, Boo Watson and Ellen Woodsworth to take feminist literature to rural areas of Ontario. *Date not Exact*
  • Grace Hartman

    Grace Hartman is elected to the national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and is the first woman to hold the top position in a Canadian Union. *Date not Exact*
  • Sylvia Ostry

    Sylvia Ostry
    Sylvia Ostry becomes the first woman to hold the rank of Deputy Minister in the government of Canada.
  • Norma E. Walmsley and Suzanne Johnson-Harvor

     Norma E. Walmsley and Suzanne Johnson-Harvor
    MATCH International Centre, a Canadian-based non-governmental organization, is established by Dr. Norma E. Walmsley and Ms. Suzanne Johnson-Harvor following their attendance at the 1975 United Nations Conference for Women held in Mexico City. *Date not Exact*
  • Mary Dohey

    Mary Dohey
    Stewardess Mary Dohey becomes the first living person to receive the Cross of valour in recognition for saving the lives and crew of an air Canada flight in 1971
  • Helen Marie Rathwell

    Helen Marie Rathwell
    Helen Marie Rathwell, A Saskatchewan farm wife, wins a landmark decision, from the Supreme Court of Canada which grants half the property acquired in her husband’s name. *Date not Exact*
  • Nellie J. Cournoyea

    Nellie J. Cournoyea
    Nellie J. Cournoyea is elected to the Legislature of the Northwest Territories and becomes the first native woman to lead a provincial territorial government in Canada. *Date not Exact*
  • Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé

    Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé
    Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé is appointed the first woman Speaker of the House of Commons April 14, 1980 to January 15, 1984.
  • SCWIST

    SCWIST
    The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology was founded by Mary Vickers, Hilda Ching, Abby Schwarz, Mary Jo Duncan, Diana Herbst, and Maggie Benston. This is a non profit association that promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science, engineering and technology. *Date not Exact*
  • Karen Mitchell

    Karen Mitchell
    Karen Mitchell establishes MADD - Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving. to commemorate the death of her daughter who was killed by a drunk driver.
  • Ursula Martius Franklin

    Ursula Martius Franklin
    Ursula Martius Franklin became the first woman to be named a university professor at the University of Toronto.
  • Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé

    Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé
    Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé becomes the first woman Governor General of Canada.
  • Sharon Adele Wood

    Sharon Adele Wood
    Sharon Adele Wood is the first woman from the Western hemisphere to stand on top of the world on Mt. Everest. *Date not Exact*
  • Ethel Blondin

    Ethel Blondin
    Ethel Blondin is the first Native woman to sit in the Canadian House of Commons.
  • Audrey McLaughlin

    Audrey McLaughlin
    Audrey McLaughlin of the New Democratic Party, is the first woman federal leader of a Canadian political party. *Date not Exact*
  • Kim Campbell

    Kim Campbell
    Kim Campbell is appointed Minister of State for Indian and Northern Development
  • Kim Campbell

    Kim Campbell
    February 1990- Kim Campbell is the first woman federal Minister of Justice. She is also Attorney-General.
  • Angelique Lyn Lavalee

    The Supreme Court of Canada decided that Angelique Lyn Lavalee was acting in self defense when she shot her husband to death. She created a new defense law due to this case.
  • Marion Loretta Reid

    Marion Loretta Reid is appointed the 37th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, the first woman to hold this position.
  • Louise Frechette

    Louise Frechette is the first Canadian woman ambassador to the United Nations. *Date not Exact*
  • Roberta Lynn Bondar

    Roberta Lynn Bondar
    Dr. Roberta Lynn Bondar becomes the first Canadian woman in space when she is a payload specialist onboard the space shuttle Discovery January 22 - 30, 1992.
  • Manon Rhéaume

    Manon Rhéaume is the first woman to play hockey professionally. She is a goalie with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.
  • Kim Campbell

    Kim Campbell
    Kim Campbell is appointed Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veteran affairs. She is the first woman to be Minister of Defence of a NATO country *Date not Exact*
  • Lenna Bradbum,

    Lenna Bradbum,
    Lenna Bradbum, a graduate of the University of Toronto with a degree in criminology and a masters in public administration, is appointed Canada's first woman police chief, in Guelph, Ontario. *Date not Exact*
  • Sarah McLachlan

    Sarah McLachlan
    Sarah McLachlan founds an all-female music festival called Lilith Fair, which toured widely for three years.
  • Carol Lees

    Carol Lees convinces Statistics Canada to start collecting data about hours Canadians spend on such unpaid tasks as housework, yard work, childcare and eldercare. *Date not Exact*
  • Catherine Side

    Catherine Side is the first woman in Canada to graduate with a doctorate in Women's Studies *Date not Exact*
  • Maryse Carmichael,

    Maryse Carmichael,
    Maryse Carmichael, a captain with the Canadian Air Force, is the first female pilot to fly with the Canadian Forces' national aerobatic team, the Snowbirds. *Date not Exact*
  • Nycole Turmel

    Nycole Turmel
    Nycole Turmel becomes the first woman (and first Francophone) president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. *Date not Exact*
  • Catriona Le May Doan

    Catriona Le May Doan becomes the first Canadian individual to successfully defend a gold medal at any Olympic Games. *Date not Exact*
  • Mary Ann Burdette

    Mary Ann Burdette is elected as first woman Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion. *Date not Exact*
  • Urszula Torarska

    Urszula Torarska is the first Canadian woman to successfully scale the seven tallest mountain peaks in the world. *Date not Exact*
  • Michaelle Jean

    Michaelle Jean
    Michaelle Jean an award winning journalist and broadcaster is invested as Canada's 27th and first Afro-Caribbean Governor General.
  • Cindy Klassen

    Cindy Klassen
    Cindy Klassen became the first Canadian to win five medals at a single Olympic Winter Games.
  • Bev Busson

    Bev Busson is appointed as the first woman Commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.