March 8 was International Women’s Day. Here’s a list of 8 famous Canadian women pioneers.
1957 – Ellen Fairclough, First Canadian Woman Federal Cabinet Minister
Ellen Fairclough was Canada’s first minister for citizenship and immigration. She introduced immigration policies that laid down the foundation for eliminating of racial discrimination.
1982 – Bertha Wilson, First Canadian Woman on the Supreme Court
Bertha Wilson was the first woman to serve as a justice for the Supreme Court of Canada. She was a strong advocate for the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and voted to overturn restrictions on abortion in 1988.
1984 – Jeanne Sauvé, First Canadian Woman Governor General
Jeanne Sauvé was the first female Governor General of Canada. She also holds the distinction of being the first female federal cabinet minister from Quebec, as well as being the first female Speaker of the House of Commons.
1989 – Audrey McLaughlin, First Canadian Woman Federal Party Leader
Audrey McLaughlin was the first Member of Parliament for the National Democratic Party, representing Yukon. She went on to become the first female leader of a Canadian political party on the federal level.
1991 – Rita Johnston, First Canadian Woman Premier
Rita Johnston became the first female premier in Canada, serving in the province of British Columbia.
1992 – Roberta Bondar, First Canadian Woman in Space
Roberta Bondar was the first female astronaut from Canada. Dr. Bondar was a distinguished neurologist before she went up in space, being the second Canadian to do so.
1993 – Kim Campbell, First Canadian Woman Prime Minister
Conservative Prime Minister Kim Campbell might not have served very long, but it doesn’t change the fact that she was the first Canadian woman to hold the highest political office in the country.
2000 – Beverley McLachlin, First Canadian Woman Chief Justice
The first female to become Chief Justice for the Supreme Court of Canada was Beverley McLachlin, who worked towards promoting a better understanding of the judicial system in Canada.
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