Women Talk About Changing Canada

Book - 1999
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Trailblazerscomprises the stories of thirty-six women who broke the mould; all are inspiring individualists who demanded the right to be equal participants in society. Often they succeeded by determination alone, smashing the stereotypes that defined what women could-or should-do. From Monique Bégin, the first woman to be elected a Quebec Member of Parliament, to Justine Blainey who won the right to play hockey with her male peers, to Helen Lucas, a painter who overcame the restrictions of an immigrant background to create her inspirational and joyous art, each tells--in her own voice--the unique story of how she blazed a trail, knowingly or not, and became part of the force that created Canadian society as we know it.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c1999
ISBN: 9780385256582
Branch Call Number: 305.420922/FIN 4565nf 1
Additional Contributors: Darkes, Maureen Kempston
Alternative Title: Monique Bégin : first woman to be elected as a member of parliament from Quebec and Minister of Health and Welfare in the Trudeau government
Freda Paltiel : social worker and first coordinator, Status of Women
Iona Campagnolo : member of parliament, cabinet minister, and first female president of the Liberal Party of Canada
Sylvia Ostry : economist and first woman to be appointed a deputy minister in the federal civil service
Jean Sutherland Boggs : art historian, museum curator, and first woman in the world to head a national gallery
Barbara Rae : President, Office Assistance Canada Ltd., first woman to graduate from the Executive MBA program at Simon Fraser University, and first woman to sit on the Vancouver Board of Trade
Bruna Giacomazzi, pioneer in the banking industry and Chief Credit Officer, Hongkong Bank of Canada
Maureen Kempston Darkes : lawyer and first woman president of General Motors Canada
Corinne Sparks : first Black woman to graduate from Dalhousie Law School and to be appointed a judge in Canada
Lynn Smith : lawyer and first female dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia
Justine Blainey : student who successfully fought for the legal right to play hockey on boys' teams
Geramy Field : police officer with many "firsts," such as being the first woman on the dog squad
Mobina Jaffer : first South Asian woman to become a lawyer in British Columbia
Lois Wilson : Minister and first woman moderator of the United Church of Canada
Nancy Ruth : United Church minister who broke new ground as a philanthropist by funding national women's organizations
Carol Lees : homemaker who worked to have the census changed to include questions on upaid work
Megan Ellis : lawyer and pioneer rape crisis worker
Anne Ironside : first woman president of the Canadian Association for Adult Education
Janine O'Leary Cobb : pioneer in raising awareness of menopause
Dr. Marion Powell : physician and birth control educator, who set up Canada's first publicly funded family planning clinic
Sharon Batt : journalist and breast cancer activist
Rita Stern : bureaucrat who worked to identify the social determinants of health
Dr. Anne Underhill : early female astrophysicist
Sonja Heikkila : first woman president of the ONnario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
Rosella Bjornson : first woman captain for a major airline
Marcia Braundy : first woman to work in the construction sector of the B.C. Carpenter's Union
Joy Thomson : first woman on the west coast to qualify as a ship's engineer
Debbie Field : one of the first group of women to work in a blue collar job at the Steel Company of Canada
Alice Payne : geologist and first woman president of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists
Shirley Sharzer : first woman to reach the position of associate managing editor of the Globe and Mail
Jane O'Hara : first woman sports editor in Canada
Kathleen Shannon : first head of the National Film Board's Studio D
Marian Fowler : writer who published her first book when she was fifty-two, smashing stereotypes about the lives of women in nineteenth-century Canada
Antonine Maillet : internationally recognized writer who through her work was a pioneer in promoting Acadian culture and became the first non-European to win France's most distinguished literary prize, the Prix Goncourt
Doreen Jensen : traditional Gitksan and contemporary artist, and pioneer in promoting aboriginal art and culture
Helen Lucas : painter who battled the restrictions of a Greek immigrant background to create her art


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