Events listed relate to Canadian women with a few extra items added to give the timeline perspective.
This timeline is not all inclusive.
 


 
LAST UPDATED January 2019

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DATE

EVENTS

2016 2016 - Women in the Canadian Armed Forces account for only 15% of the Canadian Military

2016 -
The Manitoba legislature passes law to give victims of domestic violence paid and unpaid leave

February 2, 2016 - Melanie Mark
(1976-   ) is the 1st Aboriginal woman elected to the Legislature of British Colombia

February 15, 2016 -
The formation of the Preston Rivulettes Women's Hockey Club is named a National Historic Event. A federal historical marker reflecting this status is unveiled in Cambridge, Ontario December 22, 2017

April 2016 - Ratma Omidvar
(1949-   ) is appointed to the Canadian Senate

August 19, 2016 - Bardish Chagger
(1980-   ) is sworn in as Leader of the Government, the 1st woman to hold this position

November 2016 - Ontario is the 1st province to pass the Al Families are Equal Act, which allows up to four people to be legal parents of a child they plan, conceive & raise together. The legislation protects the relationship between the children and all their parents, including non-biological parents

December 8, 2016 - Viola Desmond
is chosen as the 1st Canadian woman to appear on the face of a circulating Bank of Canada note. The ban note will be issued in 2018

2016 - Wanda Thomas Elaine Bernard
(1953-   )  is the 1st Black Nova Scotia woman to serve in the Senate of Canada

2016 - Penny Oleksiak (2000-   )
wins four Olympic Medals in swimming is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year & winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the year

Deaths 2016:
2016 -
Died Nancy Mackay (1922-2016) medal winning sprinter in 1948 Olympic Games
January 16, 2016 - Died Constance Elizabeth Beresford-Howe (1922-2016) author of short stories & novels
January 19, 2016 -
Died
Felicitas Svejda (1920-2016) geneticist
February 9, 2016 – Died Elizabeth Joan Smith (1928-2016) Ontario politician & cabinet minister
February 15, 2016 -
Died Constance Glube (1931-2016) 1st woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
March 12, 2016 - -
Died Hilda Patricia Barry (1921-2016) World War ll decoder
March 24, 2016 -
Died
Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain (1924-2016) 1st woman appointed to the Quebec provincial cabine
April 23, 2016 - Died Madeleine Louise Helene Sherwood (1922-2016) 1st woman to direct a short film for the American Film Institute
April 24, 2016 -
Died Christine Lorna Beckett (1926-2016) played with the All American Girls Baseball League
May 8, 2016 -
Died
Geneviève Salbaing (1922-2016) co-founder of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
May 13, 2016 -
Died Jackie Shymanski (1965-2016) journalist with CTV & CNN
July 2, 2016 -
Died Simone Eileen Roach (1922-2016) nun & nursing educator
July 9, 2016 - Died Geneviève Castrée-Elverum (1981-2016) cartoonist, illustrator, and musician
July 13, 2016 -
Died Elsie Doreen Wingrove Earle (1923-2016) played with the All American Girls Baseball League
July 18, 2016 -
Died
Margaret Elizabeth Cooper (1919-2016) decoder during World War ll
August 1, 2016
- Died Elaine Ling (1946-2016) photographer, musician, & medical doctor
August 30, 2016 -
Died Elsie Eleanor Wayne (1932-2016) 1st woman Mayor of Saint John, New Brunswick & Member of Parliament
September 2, 2016 - Died Margaret 'Marmie' Perkins Hess (1916-2016) specialist in Inuit art and aboriginal crafts
September 12, 2016 -
Died Ellen Burka (1921-2016)  sport coach who is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
September 15, 2016 -
Died
Thelma Finlayson (1914-2016) professor emeritus in biology at Simon Fraser University
September 19, 2016 -
Died
Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016) award winning Inuit artist
September 22, 2016 -
Died Ursula Martius Franklin (1921-2016) scientist, researcher, & professor
September 23, 2016 -
Died Frances Helen Dafoe-Mellik (1929-2016) champion pairs figure skater.
September 24, 2016 -
Died Raymonde 'Ray' Bowen (1919-2016) social activist for peace and women's rights
October 1, 2016 -
Died Daphne Odjig, (1919-2016) prolific Aboriginal artist
October 30, 2016 -
Died
Tammy Grimes (1934-2016) actor on stage & in movies
November 26, 2016 -
Died Jean Elinor Stenton Portugal (1921-2016) journalist & author who chronicled stories of  war veterans
November 30, 2016 - Died Kay Sigurjonsson
(1933-2016) feminist & activist for women's rights
December 9, 2018 -
Died
Elisapee Ishulutag (1925-2018) Inuit artist
December 14, 2016 -
Died Shirley Theresa Dysart (1928-2014) 1st woman to serve as leader of the opposition in New Brunswick legislature
2017 January 2017 - Friends Natasha Bakht & Lynda Collins make legal history in Canada as the 1st platonic co-parents named on a birth certificate. They call each other 'co-mommas' of their child

January 11, 2017 -
New Brunswick leaders for Women for 50% to ensure 50% of candidates from all parties in New Brunswick 2018 election are women

2017 - Gabrielle Bouchard
is elected President of the Federation des femmes du Queebec, the first trans woman to lead the feminist organization

October 17, 2017 -
Stratford Shakespearian Festival, Stratford, Ontario announces it will put female actors in traditional male roles for 2018 season

October 23, 2017 -
The founding of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada in 1897) is recognized an Event of National Historic Significance

October 25, 2017 -
Ontario's safe access to abortion services act allows for safe access zones to be established around facilities that offer abortion services as well as the homes and offices of regulated abortion providers

November 5, 2017 - Valerie Plant
(1974-   ) is elected as the 1st woman mayor of the city of Montreal.

November 15, 2017 - Valerie Plant (1974-   ) is sworn in as 1st woman mayor of the City of Montreal

November 15, 2017 -
The 1st G7 Ministerial meeting on Gender Equality is held

November 16, 2017 - Halifax Women's History Society unveiled a bronze monument, a tribute to the women volunteers during World War ll. It is the 1st monument dedicated to women in the City of Halifax


2017 - Brooke Henderson (1997-    ) winner of two Ladies Professional Gold Association (LPGA) events  is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year

December 22, 2017 - A federal historical marker reflecting the Formation of the Preston Rivulettes Women's Hockey Club as a National Historic Event is unveiled in Cambridge, Ontario

Deaths 2017:

January 8, 2017 - Died Dorothy Charlotte Johnson (1925-2017)  president of the Women's Institutes & community volunteer
January 20, 2017 - Died
Joy Dorothy Coghill-Thorne (1926-2017) actor & promoter of theatre arts
January 26, 2017 -
Died
Barbara Howard (1920-2017) track runner, 1st Black Canadian to compete internationally
January 27, 2017 -
Died Betty Stanhope-Cole (1937-2017) champion amateur golfer
February 17, 2017 -
Died Dorothy Elizabeth 'Dodi' Robb (1921?-2012) queen of Canadian children's television
March 4, 2017 -
Died Bonita 'Bonnie' Amelia Burnard (1945-2017) award winning author
March 14, 2017 -
Died Arleene 'Johnnie' Johnson (1924-2017 played with the All American Girls Baseball League
March 20, 2017 -
Died
Betty Kennedy (1926-2017) well known radio & television personality, appointed to the senate in 2000
April 24, 2017
- Died
Anne Marguerite Squire (1920-2017) Moderator of the United Church of Can
April 30, 2017 - Died
Flora Minnie Leone Bagnall (1923-2017) award winning teacher & provincial politician
June 12, 2017 -
Died
Mary Dohey (1933-2017) stewardess & heroine saving lives of passenger & crew from a hijacker in 1971
June 21, 2017 -
Died
Born Patricia Gwen Barlee (1963-2017) British Columbia environmentalist
August 8, 2017 - Died Cathleen Synge Morawetz (1923-2017) award winning mathematician
September 4, 2017 -
Died
Beatrice 'Bea' Caroline Rowly (1917-2017) poet
September 7, 2017 -
Died Adele Wilson (   -2017) local singer and TV personality in Kirkland Lake, Ontario.
September 9, 2017
- Died
Gretta Chambers (1927-2017) university leader, columnist, broadcaster, & 1st woman chancellor of McGill University
October 2, 1918 - Died Vicki Bisaro (1917-2017) community volunteer
October 15, 2017 - Died Cathy Elliott (1957-2017) Mi'kmaq activist, artist, playwright, & actor
October 17, 2018 - Died Margaret Becklake (1922-2018) academic & epidemiologist
October 26, 2017 - Died Juliette Augustina Sysak Cavazzi (1926 -2107) singer & CBC TV personality
November 26, 2017 - Died Francess Marie Gage (1924-2017) acclaimed sculptor
December 21, 2017 -
Died June Rowlands (1925-2017) 1st woman to be mayor of Toronto
December 25, 2017 -
Died
Francess Georgina Halpenny,(1919-2017)  editor & educator

2018 January 31, 2018 - The Canadian Senate passed a bill to make the national anthem 'O Canada' gender neutral. The words ' In all our sons command' became ' In all of us command'

August 24, 2018 - Hailey Wickenheiser (1978-   )
  is hired as a coach by the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey team

Deaths 2018:

January 23, 2018  - Died Rosaleen Diana Dickson (1921-2018) journalist & playwright
January 27, 2018 -
Died
Mary Patricia Weaver (1927-2018) 1st woman lawyer to be a partner in a law firm in Northern Ontario
February 2018 -
Died
Jacqueline Park (1925-2018) author
February 17, 2018 -
Died Lauren Donna 'Becca' Schofield (1909-2018) social activist on social media
February 17, 2018 - Died Dorothy Wetherald Rungeling (1911-2018) pilot & author
February 24, 2018 -
Died
Betty Peterson (1917-2018) pacifist & social activist
February 27, 2018 -
Died
Violet Alice Lovelace (1936-2018) archer & archery businesswoman
March 7, 2018 - Died
Marjorie Jane Hodgson (1932-2018) artist
March 20, 2018 -
Died  Ina Ethel Cummings (1939-2018) pioneer doctor in palliative care
March 20, 2018 -
Died
Vera M. Good (1915-2018) executive producer of TVOntario, Polka Dot Door.
April 5, 2018 - Died Cynthia Chalk (1913-2018) nature photographer
April 24, 2018 -
Died
Christine Lorna Beckett (1926 -2018) member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
May 13, 2018 -
Died
Margaret 'Margot' Ruth Kidder (1948-2018) actor in film and on TV
June 23, 2018 - Died Gisele Lamoureux (1942-2018) photographer, botanist & ecologist
July 4, 2018 -
Died Carmen Champagne (1959-2018) singer of songs for children
July 22, 2018 - Died
Kathleen 'Kay' Jean MacRitchie-MacBeth (1922-2018) played basketball with the Edmonton Grads
July 24, 2018 -
Died
Corinne Gallant (1922-2018) university professor & devout feminist
August 14, 2018
- Died
Mary Frances Pratt (1935-2018) her paintings look so real you think they are photographs!
October 12, 2018 - Died
Linda  Kay (1951-2018) Pulitzer Prize winning journalist & author
2019 May 30, 2019 - The Canadian Coast Guard introduces its new vessel, icebreaker Captain Molly Kool. In 1939 Molly became the first woman in North America registered as a sea captain

September 7, 2019 -
19 year old Bianca Andreescu becomes Canada's first ever tennis Grand Slam Champion in the singles event

Deaths 2019:
January 25, 2019 - Died Elizabeth Selena James (1922-2019) opera singer, teacher, & coach
January 26, 2019 - Died Jane Millgate (1937-2019) author & academic
February 2019 - Died Jackie Shane (1940-2019) soul singer who filled nightclubs in Toronto in 1960's.
February 13, 2019 - Died Edith Iglauer Hamburger Daly (1917-2019) author
February 15, 2019 -
Died
Erminie Cohen (1926-2019) social activist & Senator from New Brunswick
February 22, 2019 - Died Chantal duPont (1942-2019) photographer, Painter, sculptor & graphic artist
May 13, 2019 -
Died Velma Demerson (1920-2019) activist for minority rights
May 22, 2019 -
Died
 Jessie Annie Middleton (1912-2019) nurse serving in World War ll
May 25, 2019 -
Died Margaret-Ann Armour (1930-2019) science educator
July 15, 2019 - Died Margaret Agnes Todd (1918-2019) champion golfer
August 19, 2019 - Died Bette Stephenson (1924-2019) 1st woman president Canadian Medical Association
September 13, 2019
- Died Constance A. Timberlake (1930-2019) American Civil Rights leader
December 15,2019 - Died Monique Leyrac (1928-2019)1st great international star from French Canada
2020 Winter 2020 - Corona virus / Covid 19 pandemic rears its ugly head with millions of deaths. While the virus does not differentiate race nor age deaths seem highest among seniors

July 2020 - The Generation Equality Form is established to mark Beiging +25, and Canada, along with The Netherlands, are named co-leads on the Feminist Movement and Leadership Coalition. The goal is to press for action on issues where progress still needs to be made, to honour those who have paved the way, and celebrate those who are working to advance gender equity in their communities.

Deaths 2020:
January 11, 2019 -
Died Margaret ‘Marge’ Callaghan-Maxwell (1921-2019) All American Girls Baseball League & member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
January 29, 2020 -
Died
Pearl Keenan (1920-2020) preserved and taught of Tlingit language
February 21, 2020 -
Died Lois Etherington Betteridge (1928-2020) acclaimed sculptor
March 5, 2020 -
Died
Edith Hayman (1932-2020) acclaimed badminton coach
March 13, 2020
- Died Dorothy Maclean (1920-2020) author of spiritual works
April 6, 2020 -
Died
Patricia 'Pat' Capponi (1949-2020) activist on behalf of mental illness and author
April 6, 2020 - Died Jean Little (1932-2020) blind award winning children's author
May 24, 2020 -
Died
Megan Witfield (1968-2020) Black unionist
May 30, 2020
- Died Dolores Wawia (Muk Ke Queh) (1944-2020) Indigenous educator & Social activist
June 1, 1920 - Died Jessie McEwen (1845-1920) social activist
July 30, 2020 -
Died
Irma Ellen Wansbrough-Kalela (1930-2020)
September 4, 2020 - Died Lucille Marie Raymonde Savoie Starr (1938-2020) 1st Canadian women to sell 0ne million copies of a country hit song
November 7, 2020 - Died
Mariette Orlov (1932-2020) acclaimed pianist & master class teacher & mentor
November 18, 2020
- Died Patsy Rodgers-Henderson (1925-2020) first Queen of the Calgary Stampede

 

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