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Events listed relate to Canadian women with a few extra items added to give the timeline perspective.

This timeline is not all inclusive.

The timeline  was fun to prepare and hopefully it will be fun to read.  Perhaps it will even be  useful.

Events listed are drawn from various sources including those listed on other areas of http://famouscanadianwomen.com

If you wish more information on the women listed in this timeline be sure and check out the birthdays listed in
"Do you share a birthday with a famous Canadian woman?"

LAST UPDATED March  2014

DATES

EVENTS

1920
 
January 12, 1920 -  Constance E. Hamilton (1862-1945) in inaugurated as councilor for the City of Toronto. Although she is the first woman in Canada elected to such a position there are no photographers to capture the historical event. Source: City of Toronto online http://www.toronto.ca (Accessed 2010) ; “Toronto Pioneer mostly forgotten” by Mark Mahoney, Toronto Star, March 10, 2007.

1920 - Esther Marjorie Hill (1895-1985) becomes the first woman architect in Canada when she graduates from the University of Toronto.

1920 - Canada joins the League of Nations.

1920 - The Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada holds the first national interdenominational prayer service in Canada ...the offerings are used to support ecumenical projects that meet human need in Canada and in developing countries. This was the roots of the World Day of Prayer. Source: Voices of United Church Women 1962-2002 edited by Elizabeth Gillan Muir (Toronto: United Church of Canada, 2002)

June  1920 - The Catholic Women's League is formed in Montreal. Source Jean Bannerman Leading Ladies Canada. Belleville, ON: Mika Publishing, 1977  pg 39

July 1, 1920 -
The Dominion Elections Act, uniform franchise is established and the right for women to be elected to parliament is made permanent. Source: Dominion Elections Act Statues of Canada C 46 S 38.

1920 - Enid Finley Gordon (leads the way for the University of Toronto to open a two year diploma course in Physiotherapy  Source: “Love amid the ruins” by Suzanne Evans. Canada’s History February/March 2013.

1920 - The Canadian Food and Drug Act protects Canadians against heal hazards and fraud from sale of food, drugs, cosmetics and medical devices.

1920 - Eaton's Department Stores open a regional mail order headquarters in Moncton, New Brunswick. Eaton's mail order business peaks at 60 million dollars! Source: Before e-commerce : a history of mail order catalogues http://www.civilization.ca/cpm/catalog/catooooe.html December 2004.

Births 1920:
1920 -
Born Mary Greyeyes-Reid (1920-2011) the 1st aboriginal woman in the Canadian Army Corps.
1920 -
Born Mabel Margaret Van Camp(1920-2012) first woman appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Ontario.
1920 -
Born Mae Ames (1920-    ) stage actor who has kept active with a seniors traveling troop.
1920 -
Born Mary Lerullo ( 1920-  ) first Italian Canadian woman real estate broker and tireless worker for new immigrants to Canada.
1920 -
Born Mary L. Richmond (1920-2002) teacher of nursing and nursing history advocate.
January 7, 1920 - Born Margaret Anne Wilson Thompson ( 1920-   ) leading researcher in the field of muscular dystrophy.
February 21, 1920 - Born Agnes Holmes (1920-2013) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
March 6, 1920 - Born Olive Patricia Dickason (1920-2011) C.M. PhD. D. Litt. one of Canada' foremost historians of Aboriginal and Métis Peoples.
March 20, 1920 - Born Vickie Panos (1920   _ played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
May 6, 1920 -  Born Ethel Viola Bieber (1920-1988) national and provincial swimming champion of the 1930's.
May 7. 1920 - Born
 Laddie Dennis (1920 - 2009) the first Canadian woman to appear on Canadian television.
May 14, 1920 - Born
Gwendolyn Margaret Grant (1920-2002) author and poet.
May 9, 1920 - Born Helen Nicol Fox (1920-   ) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League

May 23, 1920 - Born Pauline Julien (1920-1998) Singer and actress from Quebec.
July 26, 1920 - Born Dorothy Davies (1920 - 2002) actor, director and writer.
August 19, 1920 - Born Agnes Benidickson 1920- 2007) Social activist and dedicated volunteer, Officer and Champion  in Order of Canada.
August 19, 1920 - Born Agnes McCausland Richardson (1920-2007) served as president of the National Association of Canadian Clubs and president of the Canadian Council on Social Development.

September 16, 1920 - Born Jean Casselman-Wadds (1920-2011)
1961 1st woman appointed by the Canadian Government as  delegate to the United Nations.
October 7, 1920 - Born Daisy Juror (1920-2012) baseball player for the All American Girls Baseball League.


Deaths 1920:
September 5, 1920 - Died Susan Agnes Bernard Macdonald (1836-1920) , Baroness Macdonald of Earnscliffe, second wife of Sir John A. Macdonald and Canada's firs "first lady".

1921 1921 - Mary Ellen Smith (1863-1933) is appointed to the provincial legislative Cabinet in British Columbia. She was the 1st woman Cabinet minister in the British Empire. Source: British Columbia Federation of Labour.  http://bcfed.com/issues/women/history

February 1, 1921 - Jenny Dill
(   - 1941) leaves Halifax to star out on a cross Canada walk with her husband. They finished their walk in Vancouver June 14, 1921. Source: The Great Hike Suite101.com/article.cfm/ultra_distance_running/7936 (accessed May 2005)

December 6, 1921 - Agnes Campbell Macphail.  (1890-1954.) She was the only woman elected to the Canadian parliament in 1921 when women first had the right to vote for parliament. She is the 1st woman to sit in the Canadian Parliament.

1921 - The 1st ladies 5 pin bowling league is stated in Toronto by Marion Dibble Source: 5-pin Bowline History http://www.cvnet.net/burnstd/  located May 2005.

1921 - British Columbia passes the 1st maternity leave legislation  granting women 6 weeks leave.

March 26, 1921 - The bluenose is launched in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

1921 - The Canadian government publishes and distributes the Canadian Mother's Book.
Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : Women of the Great Whit North
by Anne Douglas Toronto, McArthur & co, 2002.


1921 - The Toronto Ladies Athletic Club, the first all-women's multi-sports club in Canada is established by Alexandrine Gibb. Source: Status of Women Canada.  Adult fact Sheet Women and sports in Canada: an historical overview. (Ottawa, 2002)


1921 - Women are 16% of the total number of undergraduate students enrolled in Canadian universities. Women professors are 15% of the total number of professors.  Source:  Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~,agiorec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)

1921 - Quaker Oats Company introduces quick-cooking oatmeal. It is one of the first 'Convenience foods. Source: Culinary Journey.

1921 - A Retired cookware executive from New York invents a tea kettle that whistles when the water comes to a boil. Source: Culinary Journey.

Births 1921:
1921 -
Born Elsie Bear (1921-2002) social activist
1921 -
Born Joyce Margaret McCulloch Booker (1921-1991) played piano in the Brookers Bombshells, a leading dance band in Manitoba.
1921 -
Born: the commercial figure: Betty Crocker.
1921 -
Born Jean Edmonds, first female executive in the Federal government in 1966.
1921 -
Born Mae Harman (1921 ?- 2005) social activist for seniors.
1921 -
Born Rosaleen Diana Leslie Dickson ( 1921-  ) Journalist , publisher, author, web mistress.
1921 -
Born Kay Martin Snelgrove (1921-2005) heroine spy and code runner during World War ll.

1921 -
  Born Jean Spears (1921-   ) war bride and founder of the England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Canada Club for War Brides.

1921 -
Born Marie Daria Haust (1921-  ) the first woman doctor on the Medical Faculty at Queen's University.
 
January 3, 1921 -
Born Lucella Catherine Ross (1921-2012) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
February 17, 1921 - Born Muriel Eleanor Coben (1921-   ) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

April 30, 1921 -
Born Marion Bell Macrae. historical architect and teacher at the Ontario College of Art.
June 2, 1921 -
Born Mary Frances Fraser (1921-2011) award winning local historian from Brampton, Ontario.
June 6, 1921 -
Born
Heather B. S. MacGregor (1921-2013) war bride.
June 14, 1921 -
Born Dorothy Annabelle Straton McPhedran in 1964 the first woman to be Inspector of Schools for the Ontario Ministry of Education.
June 25, 1921 -
Born Celia Franca, Prima ballerina and founding artistic director of the national Ballet of Canada.
July 4, 1921 - Born Cora Alida deJong Greenway (1921-  ) a powerful social force and preservationist of Canadian Maritime history.
July 31, 1921 - Born Gretta Wong Grant (1921-   ) 1st Chinese Canadian woman lawyer in
August 11, 1921 - Born Ellen Burka, sport coach who is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
August 26, 1921 - Born Mary Doris "Dodie" Barr (1921-2009) baseball player in women's league and member of Baseball Hall of Fame.
September 15, 1921 - Born Purvathi "Pari" Basrur (1921-2012) the 1st woman to work at the Ontario Veterinary College on faculty, University of Guelph.

September 16, 1921 - Born Ursula Martius Franklin, (1921-   ) specialist and pioneer in the structure of metals and alloys.
November 9, 1921 - Born Pierrette Alaire (1921-2011) opera singer
November 21, 1921 - Born Doris Anderson (1921-2007) feminist, social activist and well known journalist, winner of the 1991 Persons Case Award.
November 21, 1921 -
Born Janet Margaret Anderson Perkin (1921-2012) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
November 30, 1921 - Died
Charlotte Sarah Canham (1846-1921) Anglican Church missionary to the Yukon.
December 8, 1921 -
Born Edith Josie (1921-2010) journalist from northern Canada who was known world wide.
December 23, 1921 - Born Margaret Callaghan (1921-   ) Member of Women's Baseball League, playing ball while men fought in WW ll and member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
Sources: Famous, should be famous, and Infamous Canadians http://wwwfamouscanadian.net/name/c/callgh... (accessed May 2011.) : W..C.. Madden ; The women of the All American League: a Biographical Dictionary. (Mcfarland & Co., 2005. : British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame website (Accessed may 2009)


Deaths 1921:
January 1921 -
Died Beatrice LaPalme (1881-1921)  Opera singer.
May 23, 1921 -
Died Flora Macdonald Denison (1867-1921) Journalist and suffragist and successful Toronto businesswoman.
June 29, 1921 -
Died Annie Gardner Brown (1864-1921) social activist and volunteer.
October 4, 1921 -
Died Mary Augusta Reid (1854-1921) landscape painter, interiors and murals.
November 10, 1921 -
Died Jenny (Jennie) Trout,(1841-1921)  pioneer medical doctor, the first Canadian woman licensed to practice medicine in Canada.

1922 January 16, 1922 - Violet Guymer (1885-1955) becomes the 1st woman to be a licensed Funeral Director in Canada when she is granted her embalmers license in Manitoba. Source: Quite and undertaking: the story of Violet Guymer, Canada's firs female licensed funeral director by Elizabeth Lycar and Lorrie Guymer Hutton, (Kelowna, B.C. : Nip and Tuck Publishing, 1966)

May 3, 1922 -
Prince Edward Island women win the rights to vote and to hold provincial office.


1922 -
Miriam Green Ellis (1879-1964) while in Edmonton in 1922 she had financed her own journey to Aklavik, North West Territories on the edge of the Arctic Ocean and travelled with her typewriter and camera writing some 40 stories about her travels.  Her photos showed the life of peoples of northern Alberta. Sources to read: Miriam Green Ellis: Champion of the West. Edmonton; University of Alberta Press, 2013.

1922 - Alex Gibb (1891-1958) founds the Canadian Ladies Athletic Club and serves as the 1st President. Sources: “Queen of the Ice Lanes: the Preston Rivulettes and Women’s Hockey in Canada 1931-1940” by Carly Adams in Sport History Review no. 39 pages 1-29 2008; 100 more Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster Dundurn Press, 2011.

1922 - The Ladies Ontario Hockey Association is formed to oversee the development of women's hockey. Source "Queens of the Ice Lanes: the Preston Rivulettes and women's hockey in Canada 1931-1940 " by Carly Adams in Sport History Review 2008 Vol. 39 pages 1-29.

1922 - The Blender is invented but used only for bartending or for blending malts. It would have to wait until 1936 before it made it appearance as a domestic appliance. Source: Culinary Journey.

1922 - Dr. Frederick Banding and Dr. Charles Best along with researcher John. MacLeod and chemist James Collip discover insulin as a medical application for Diabetes.

Births 1922:
1922 -
Born Madeleine Hinchey (1922-2005) former secretary general to the National Research Council
January 3, 1922 -
Born Anne Szumigalski (1922-1999) Poet and winner of the Governor General's Award in poetry 1995.
January 11, 1922 -
Born Mabel McIntosh ( 1922-  ) noted North American Ornithologist.
January 21, 1922 -
Born twins Rhona and Rhoda Wurtele Champion swimmers and female athletes of the year 1944.

January 22, 1922 - Born
Laverna Katie Dollimore (1922-2011) administrative diplomatic aided in saving U.S.A. Diplomats in the Iranian crisis November 4, 1979.
February 22, 1922 -
Born Julianna Rita Dusanko (1922-2003) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
February 25, 1922 -
Born Molly Reilly, the first Canadian woman to be a corporate pilot.
April 15, 1922 - Born Lorraine McAllister (1922-1984) Singer and actor on the West coast.
April 18, 1922 - Born Elizabeth Hillman Waterston ( 1922-   ) educator, author and critic.
April 26, 1922 - Born Jeanne Sauvé,(1922-1993)  journalist and politician, the first woman to be appointed Speaker of the House of Commons and the first woman to be Governor General of Canada.
May 29, 1022 - Born Eleanor Coerr (1929-2010) foreign correspondent and author perhaps best known for her book Sadako and the 1000 Cranes (1977).
August 11, 1922 - Born Mavis Gallant and author and playwright, Companion of Order of Canada.
August 26, 1922 - Born Elizabeth "Betty" Brewster (1926-2012) poet
September 1, 1922 -
Born Yvonne De Carlo, actress best know for the TV show, The Munsters.
October 18, 1922 - Born Mildred Marion McAuley (1922-2006) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
November 11, 1922 -Born Tillie Taylor (1922-2011) Lawyer and social worker

Deaths 1922:
1922 -
Died
Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall ( 1883-1922) Poet and short story writer.
July 22, 1922 - Died Sara Jeanette Duncan ( 1862-1922) Journalist and author of some 20 books.
August 20 , 1922- Died Emma Graham (? - 1922) Journalist and author.
November 8, 1922 - Died Jane Elizabeth MacDonald (1864-1922) author and poet.
December 10, 1922 - Died
Bertha Rosenthal 1849- 1922) a leading woman in the Ottawa Area.
 

1923 February 10,1923 - Winnifred Blair (1903-1983) of Saint John, New Brunswick, becomes the first "Miss Canada" at the Montreal Winter Fair. Source: The Fairest Girl by David Goss in The Beaver Feb./March 2003 vol. 83.1 pg. 29

March 8, 1923 - Winnifred Blair
(1903-1983), Miss Canada, is the 1st  woman to sit on the 'floor', of a Canadian parliament when she attends the opening of the New Brunswick Legislature, sitting just off to the side of the 'Throne'. Source: The Fairest Girl by David Goss in The Beaver Feb./March 2003 vol. 83.1 pg. 29

1923 - Marguerite Michaud (1903-1982)
became the first woman of Acadian descent to receive a university degree. Source: Herstory: The Canadian Women’s Calendar 2012.

1923 - Helen Beatrice Palen (1865 - 1971) Is appointed the Deputy Registrar of the Ontario Securities Commission and went on to be the 1st woman Registrar of the Supreme Court of Ontario. Source: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013.:

1923 - Kellogg's develops the 1st "Test Kitchen". GRRRREAT!

Births 1923:
1923 -
Born Mary Hrenchuk Pankiw (1923 -   ) Woman of distinction Award, Winnipeg YWCA, an academic and educator.
1923 -
Born Janet Lang Boland (1923-   ) second woman to become a judge in 1972 in County Court.
1923 -
Born - Laura Legg (1923-2010) who in 1975 is the 1st woman bencher of the Law Society of Ontario.
1923 - Born Jacqueline Shumiatcher (1923-   ) Social Activist and community volunteer in Regina, Saskatchewan.
1923 - Born Jean Southworth (1923-2008) pioneer newspaper journalist and musician.
February 3, 1923 -
Born Helen Lawrence (1923-   ) Buckley economist and writer.
February 22, 1923 - Born Anne Deyotte (1923-   ) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
March 2, 1923 - Born Ghitta Calserman-Roth, renowned artist.
March 13, 1923 - Born Helen Callaghan (1923-1992) Member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

April 25, 1923 - Born Melissa Hayden, internally renowned prima ballerina.
May 5, 1923 - Born Cathleen Morawetz award winning mathematician.
July 13, 1923 - Born Hélène Brodeur, educator and award winning author.
September 18, 1923 -
Born Bertha Wilson, (1923-2007) 1st woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.
September 23, 1923 -
Born Elsie Wingrove Earl (1923 -   ) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
September 27, 1923 -
Born Jocelyne Binet (1923-1968) composer, pianist, teacher.
September 30, 1923 -
Born Thérése Gouin Decarie, professor of Psychologie and author.
October 28, 1923 - Born Thelma Josephine Hundeby (1923-2001) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
December 5, 1923 - Born Ruth Miriam Goldbloom (1923-2012) the force behind the development of Pier 21 Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
December 23, 1917 - Born  Miriam Dworkin Waddington (1917-2004) acclaimed poet.

Deaths 1923:
1923 -
Died Ada May Courtice (1860-1923) founder of the Home and School Movement.
1923 -
Died May Sexton social activist for technical education for women.
February 28, 1923 -
Died
Marion Stirling (1846 -1923) social activist, medical doctor, and missionary.
May 7, 1923 -
Died Florence Carlyle (1864-1923) outstanding portrait artist.
October 8, 1923 -
Died Gertrude Moffatt (1884-1923) poet.
October 9, 1923 - Died Lily Dougall (1868-1923) novelist and religious writer.
November 2, 1923 - Died Minnie Caroline Forsyth-Grant ( ? -1923) author.
December 4, 1923 - Died Edna May Williston Sexton (1980-1923) social activist.

1924 1924 - Phyllis Munday (1894-1990.)  and Annette Buck  become the 1st women to reach the summit of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

1924 - Cecile Eustace Smith,
a 15 year old figure skater, is the 1st Canadian woman to represent Canada in an Olympic Games. She skated in both the Ladies individual and in the pairs events. at the first official Olympic Games, Chamonix, France. Source: Status of Women Canada.  Adult fact Sheet Women and sports in Canada: an historical overview. (Ottawa, 2002)

1924 - Angelina Napolitano (1883?- ????) is released from Kingston Penitentiary after serving some 12 years of a life sentence for killing her abusive husband in 1911. She had originally be sentenced to hang but British and North American wide protests got the original sentence changes. She dropped from site once out of prison.

1924 - Frozen foods are invented by Clarence Birdseye Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 14.

January 26, 1924 - an Order-in Council mandates the use of the Canadian Red ensign on Canadian Government buildings outside Canada. It is is the first officially allowed use of the Red Ensign flag on land, although it has been used unofficially for many years.

April 1, 1924 - the Royal Canadian Air Force is formed.

1924 - The Popsicle is Patented. Source: Culinary Journey.  Slurrrrrrp!

Births 1924:
1924 -
Born
Lillian McGregor (1924-2012)  the 1st Elder in residence at the University of Toronto and the 1st Aboriginal  woman awarded an honorary doctorate.
1924 - Born Stella Avura Panarites (1924-1986)
the 1st woman lawyer of Greek heritage in Ontario.
1924 -
Born Mary Clark Payne. Medical missionary with the United Church of Canada.
1924 -
Born Lucille Johnstone (1924-2004) volunteer social worker and entrepreneur who is in both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.
January 10, 1924 -
Born Ludmilla Chairiaeff, Riga, Latvia. (1924-1996) Founder of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.
January 20, 1924 - Born Marcelle Ferron, a member of a group of artists known as Les Automatistes.
January 29, 1924 - Born Lois Catherine Marshall (1924-1997)  international Opera singer.
February 2, 1924- Born Geneviève Salbaing (1924-   ) co-founder of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal.
March 11, 1924 - Born Eva Von Gencsy founder of Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.
May 28, 1924 - Born
Lily Rosebush (1924-2013) pioneer worker against drunk drivers.
June 20, 1921 - Born June Munro (1921-2010) librarian.
June 2, 1924 - Born June Callwood, author and officer of the Order of Canada.
August 28, 2924 - Born Pat Holden Collins (1924-2011) one of the world's first women photo journalists.
November 11, 1924 - Born Evelyn Moroz (1924 -    ) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League

Deaths 1924:
1924 - Died
Margaret "Miggsy" Graham (1870-1924) journalist.
January 24, 1924 - Died Ellen Mary Knox (1858-1924) founding principal of Havergal Ladies College, Toronto, Ontario.
March 2, 1924- Died Adeline Margaret Teskey (1853-1924) author.
March 20, 1924 - Died Sara Anne McLagan (1855-1924) first Canadian woman newspaper editor.
August 4, 1928 - Died
Annette Saint-Amant Frémont (1892-1928) 1st francophone woman journalist in Saskatchewan.
November 24, 1924 - Died Blanche Lucile Macdonald (1853-1924) author.

1925
 
April 13, 1925 - Newfoundland women won the rights to vote and to hold provincial office.

1925 -
The Federal Divorce Law allows women to obtain a divorce on the same grounds as men, simple adultery.

1925 - The United Church of Canada is formed with the unification of the Methodist Church, the Congregationalist Church and some of the Presbyterian Churches. At the time of church union, the Women's Association of the United Church of Canada is formed with a mandate to assist the pastor in his work, to have genera oversight of the furnishing of the manse, to assist in the socials and welfare work of the congregation, to raise money for local church purposes and to promote a spirit of goodwill and Christian fellowship through out congregations. Source: Voices of the United Church Women 1962-2002 Edited by Elizabeth Gillan Muir (Toronto: United Church of Canada, 2002)

September 1925 - Alex Gibb
(1891-1958) helps write the constitution of the Women's Amateur Athletic Union. Sources: “Queen of the Ice Lanes: the Preston Rivulettes and Women’s Hockey in Canada 1931-1940” by Carly Adams in Sport History Review no. 39 pages 1-29 2008; 100 more Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster Dundurn Press, 2011.

December 7, 1926 - The Women's Amateur Athletic Foundation of Canada is founded. Sources: “Queen of the Ice Lanes: the Preston Rivulettes and Women’s Hockey in Canada 1931-1940” by Carly Adams in Sport History Review no. 39 pages 1-29 2008; 100 more Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster Dundurn Press, 2011.


Births 1925:
1925-
Born Mary Majka (1925-   ) Canadian Maritimes naturalist.
February 10, 1925 -
Born Mary Elizabeth Bayer (1921- 2005) pioneer of daytime television programming in Manitoba
April 1, 1925 -
Born Tobie Thelma Steinhouse, artist and printmaker.
April 9, 1925 - Born
Goldie "Red" Burns (1925-2013) academic, enthusiastic teacher.  
April 16, 1925 -
Born
Jeannine Lock ( 1925-2012) award winning journalist, broadcaster and producer.
June 10, 1925 -
Born Francoise Sullivan, renouned artist.
October 5, 1925 -  
Born Charlotte Johnson ( 1925 -    ) National President of the Women's Institutes and community volunteer.
October 26,1925 -
Born Lena "Lee" Delmonico (1925-2012) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
November 22, 1925 -
Born Dormer M. Ellis (1925 ----) acclaimed engineer.
December 10, 1925 -
Born Mary Kustra (1925-1999( played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
December 29, 1925 -
Born Coleen Tibaudeau (1929-2012) poet

Deaths 1925:
1925 -
Died
Georgea Powell (1857-1925) Headed the first group of nurses to the Yukon in 1898.
1925 -
Died
Josephine Dandurand (1862-1925) journalist who used the pen name "Josette"
1925 -
Died Dr Lenora King (1851-1925) first doctor to serve in China, she was made a Mandarin by the Chinese.
March 13, 1925 - Born
Susan Douglas Rubes (1925-2013) an actress with a long distinguished career on stage, TV and film. inducted into the Order of Canada.
April 27, 1925 -
Died Norah Mary Holland , (1876-1925) poet.

May 8, 1925 - 
Died Pamela Anne McDougal, diplomat and public servant
June 2, 1925 -
Born Freda Diesing (1925-2002) Totem pole carver.
November 20, 1925 -
Died
Clara Morrison (1848-1925), stage actress known as the "Queen of the Melodramas".
1926 November 18, 1926 - The Balfour Commission declares all British dominions as autonomous and equal in status.

1926 - Mlle Thais Frémont founds the Conservative Women's Association for Quebec City.

1926 - The memorial in honour of nursing sisters of World War I, located in the Hall of Honour, centre block Parliament Buildings, Ottawa is unveiled. Source: Canadian Nurses in World War I. Trent University Archives: Fowlds Exhibit http://www.trentu.ca/library/archives/ffowldswelcome.htm (accessed July 22, 2005)

1926 - The Women's Amateur Athletic Federation (WAAF)  of Canada is formed .  Source: Status of Women Canada.  Adult fact Sheet Women and sports in Canada: an historical overview. (Ottawa, 2002)

1926 - Lela Brooks,(1908-   ) a speed skater, wins the world title  Saint John New Brunswick…Canada’s 1st woman to be a world champion.

1926 - Dr. Allie Vibert Douglas
(1894-1988) is the first woman in Canada to graduate with a PhD in astrophysics. Source: Historical figures in Astronomy by Carmen Rush, Royal Astronomy Society of Canada http://www.ottawa.rasc.ca/astronomy/history/av_douglas/ (accessed July 28, 2005)

1926 - Dr. Mattie Rotenberg
(1897-1989)  is the 1st woman and 1st Jew to earn a PhD in Physics at the University of Toronto.
Sources: Mattie Levi Rotenberg by Nessa Rapoport. We Remember, Jewish Women’s Archives. Online Accessed December 2012.

1926 - Four new vitamins are identified by the mid 1920's.

1926 - Cod Liver Oil is recommended for children as a supplement for vitamin D. It is administered in a liquid form and has its original fish flavour, no "taste good" flavorings are added. Shudddder!

Births 1926:
1926 -
Born Jean Roberts (1926-2012) Stage actor.
1926 -
Born Patricia Jenkins Blondal (1926-1959) broadcast journalist, journalist and novelist.
1926 -
Born Betty Kennedy (1926-  ) well know radio and Television personality, appointed to the senate in 2000.
1926 -
Born Margaret Beckman (1926-2008) internationally acclaimed modern pioneer in Library Science.
February 3, 1926 -
Born Winnie Roach-Leuszler (1926-2004) acclaimed international swimmer who was the first Canadian woman to swim the English Channel.
March 1, 1926 -
Born Anne Kahane, international prize winning sculptor.
March 9, 1926 - Born Flavia Elliott Redelmeier, social volunteer.
March 17, 1926 - Born Marjory Shedd, champion badminton player who also excelled in volleyball and basketball.
May 1926 - Born Joanna Miller (1926-  ) well known award winning peace activist
May 25, 1926 - Phyllis Fay Gotlieb, author.
June 3, 1926 - Born Flora MacDonald, politician and first woman to hold a major cabinet post as secretary of State for External Affairs.
June 21, 1926 - Born Dorothy "Dee" Anne Read (1926-2004) an avid ski enthusiast and coach
July 14, 1926- Born Doreen Hume, operatic soprano.
July 18 , 1926 - Born Margaret Lawrence, (1926-1987) award winning author.
July 26, 1926 - Born Erminie Cohen, respected businesswoman recognized with an award from the United Nations and Senator.
August 3, 1926 - Born Christine Becket (1926 -   ) member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
August 9, 1926 - Born Mabel M. DeWare, appointed to the Canadian Senate 1990.
November 9, 1926 - Born Mary Louise Morrison (1926-   ) acclaimed soprano and Officer of the Order of Canada
November 26, 1926 - Born Rose Fleury (1926 -  ) renouned Métis genealogist

Deaths 1926:
March 31, 1926 - Died Janet Carnochan (1839-1926) Teacher and historian.
December 4, 1926 - Died
Marie Jeanne Antoinette Antctil (1875-1926) educator

1927 1927 - The 1st coast-to-coast radio network broadcast celebrations of the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation.

1927 - Mary Travers (La Bolduc) (1894-1941) is asked to sing to replace an ailing colleague at an event. The audience appreciated her talent and she began an successful singing career. Source : 100 Canadian heroines : Famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester. Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004.

1927 - Everyday an average of four Canadian women die from childbirth. Source: http://www.niagara.com/`merrill/trivia.html (Accessed 1998)

1927 - the 1st Quebec provincial bill to give women in the province the right to vote is introduced but defeated in the Quebec Legislature. Source: Herstory 2008: The Canadian  Women's Calendar (Coteau Books, 2007)

1927 -
Girl Guide Leader Christina Riepsamen baked cookies as a fund raiser. Who knew that Girl Guide cookies would become a lasting symbol.

1927 - Mazo de La Roche
(1897-1961) publishes her first novel and begins a series called Jelna.

1927- Elizabeth Graham of Queen's University becomes the first hockey goalie to ever wear a mask in a game. She wears a fencing mask to protect her face.
Source: Women's Hockey - History of Hockey - http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/hockey... accessed June 2011.

Births 1927:
1927 -
Born Fran Herman (1927-   ) A pioneer of music therapy to help disabled people.

1927 - Born  June Kander (1927-2004) educator and humanitarian.
1927 - Born Gisele Mackenzie (1927-2005) accomplished violinist, singer and star of TV and the movies.
January 24, 1927 - Born Phyllis Lambert, accomplished architect and founder of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
January 27, 1927 - Born Edith Firth (1927-2005) librarian, bibliographer and author.
February 14, 1927 - Born Lois Maxwell, (1927-2007) actress
February 15, 1927 - Born Marketa Gotz-Stankiewicz, award winning educator.
April 7, 1927 - Born Elsie Dorothy Knowles, internationally acclaimed water colour artist.
April 8, 1927- Born Lois Miriam Wilson, the first woman to be president of the Canadian Council of Churches and the first woman to be Moderator of the United Church of Canada.
April 1927 - Born Phyllis Webb (1927-   ) prolific Canadian poet.
May 2, 1927  - Born Budge Wilson award winning author
May 7, 1927 - Born Sally Crooks (1927-2011) Well respected educator
May 9, 1927 - Born Audrey Hines Daniels (1927-  ) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
June 1, 1927 - Born Barbara Kathleen Buchner (1927-2011) Medical researcher in virology, hepatitis and radiommunoassay.
June 25, 1927 - Born Patricia Bates, a highly innovative artist.
July 3, 1927 -  Born Thèrése Renaud, author, poet, and painter.
August 8, 1927 - Born Eleanor Callow (1927) "Squirt", played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
August 27, 1927 - Born Juliette (Juliette Sysak), Well known singer and entertainer and TV personality.
October 3, 1927 - Born Ashevak Kenojuak, Inuit artist famous for her native prints.
December 12, 1927 - Born Doreen Paterson Reitsma (1927-2000) one of the first women to join the Women's Division of the Royal Canadian Navy

Deaths 1927:
January 24, 1927 -
Died Agnes Maule Machar (1837-1927) author, biographer and poet.
January 27, 1927- Died Margaret Smith Polson Murray (1844-1927) a social activist and founder of the Independent Order of the Daughters of the Empire.
July 2, 1927- Died Annie Rothwell Christie (1837- 1927) author.
1928 March 14, 1928 - The "Famous Five", Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Louise McKinney, ask the Supreme Court of Canada if the word "person" in Section 24 of the British North America Act included persons that were female.

March 28, 1928 - Chatelaine Magazine  is published for the 1st time.

1928 - Eileen Vollick (1908-    ) of Hamilton Ontario becomes the first Canadian woman to earn a private pilot's license.

April 24, 1928 - The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously decides in the famous "Persons Case" that women were not "persons" who could hold public office as Canadian senators. (In 1929 the British Privy Council will reverse this decision.)

1928 - The Alberta Sexual Sterilization Act comes into force. It is not repealed until 1972. 2, 822 people are sterilized up to 1972. Many of the operations were illegal under the act itself. Source: Herstory: A Canadian Woman's Calendar 2000 Page 72.

1928 - Mona and Agnes Harrigan
stood firm and became the first women guides in Canada National Parks Service.
Source:  Harrigan Sisters by Frances Rooney Section15.ca accessed June 2009.

1928 - Rose-Anna Vachon (1870ca - 1948)  begins baking individual snake cakes that she will name for her sons,Joe-Louis. Source:  http://www.vachon.com/  (accessed may 23, 2004)

1928 - Women are allowed to compete in the modern Olympic Games for the first time. Canada sends a team that brings back gold medals!!

Births 1928:
1928 -
Born Rhoda Pendleton Baxter (1928-2012) singer
1928 -
Born Mira Goddard Bennett (1928-2010) Business woman and art Gallery owner.
1928 -
Born Magda Pennington (1928-2012) architect noted for her design of houses.
1928 -
Born
Twyla Elizabeth "Tees" Hendry (1928-1997) social activist
1928 -
Born Therese Champagne (1928-2007) an educator.
1928 -
Born Theresa Helen McNeil, ONS 1st woman in Canada appointed  High Sherriff (Annapolis County N S
January 7, 1928 - Born Jenny Belzberg ( 1928 -   ) philanthropist.
January 31, 1928 - Born Gathie Falk. A Canadian artist working in multimedia.
February 26, 1928 - Born Monique Leyrac first great international star from French Canada.
March 19. 1928 - Born Betty Goodwin, artist.
April 21, 1928 - Born Joan Weir, author of novels for youth.
May 9, 1928 - Born Barbara Ann Scott(1928-2012)  winner of the gold medal in ladies figure skating in the 1948 Olympics.
May 23, 1928 - Born Pauline Julien, actress, singer and songwriter.
July 18, 1928 - Born Nora A. Cebotarev (1928-2007) professor and renowned sociologist
August 17, 1928 - Born Jennie Huie (1928-2009) academic
October 31, 1928 - Born Diane Foster, (1928-   ) accomplished television actor.
December 4, 1928 - Born Marianne Florence Scott, first woman to be appointed as National Librarian (1984).

Deaths 1928:
1928 -
Died Margaret Blair Gordon (1861-1928) Indomitable early Canadian woman doctor.
1928 - Died Rosa Portlock (1839-1928) author.
March 4, 1928 - Died Victoria Grace Blackburn, journalist and noted dram critic.
May 2, 1928 - Died
Marie--Louise-Joséphine-Ester-Eliza Marmette (1870- 1928) Pioneer journalist
August 15, 1928 - Died Isabel Ecclestone MacKay (1875-1928) author, poet and playwright.
October 4, 1928 - Died
Elizabeth Annie McGillivray Knowles (1866-1928) nature study artist.

1929 April 24, 1929 - The Supreme Court of Canada decides to say "NO" In 1928 women's right advocates appealed to the Supreme Court to clarify whether or not the word "persons" in the British North America Act included women. The women then took the case to the British Privy Council. The women became known as the Famous Five; Emily Murphy, Henrietta Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, and Irene Parlby.

October 18, 1929 -
The British Privy Council reverses the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the "Persons Case" and Canadian women become "Persons" with all rights accorded to the definition of persons including the right to sit in the Senate of Canada.

1929 - Agnes Macphail (1890-1954) is sent to Geneva, Switzerland as Canada's 1st woman delegate to the League of Nations.

1929 -
Annie Epstein Baker (1908-2005) may have been the 1st Jewish woman called to the Bar in Ontario.
Source Diversifying the Bar: Lawyers make history. Online Accessed May 2013.

1929 -
Edith Louise Patterson (1891-1980) in 1929 was appointed a judge in the juvenile court and became the 1st woman to be a member of the Law Society of British Columbia.  Source: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013.:

1929 - Fewer than 4% of Canadian women work outside the home. Source: The Timechart of Canadian history by Meredith Macardle (2004)


1929 -
Girl Guide Cookies are now being sold at National Headquarters, and by 1936 they are sold across the nation.

1929 - Sophie Strub
s (  -1949) husband trades a barrel of her homemade pickles for food during the Great Depression. A family pickle business is born. Source: I know That Name by Mark Kearney & Randy Roy (Toronto: Hounslow, 2002)


Births 1929:
1929 -
Born Judith Taylor Mappin (1929-2014) renowned bookstore owner Montreal.
1929 -
Born Eva Kushner (1929-    ) University Professor and President of Victoria University.
1929 -
Born Hilary Corbett (1929-   ) costume designer for theatre and television.
1929 -
Born Shirley M. Stinson, (1929 -  ) nursing teacher, researcher and administrator
1929 -
Born Ernestine van Merle (1929-2006) Social activist
January 2, 1929 -
Born Marion Loretta Reid (1929-   ) 37th Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island.
January 4, 1929 -
Born Marion Loretta Reid (1929-  )  the first woman to be appointed Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island ( 1990)
January 17, 1929 -
Born Frances Dafoe-Melick (1929 -   ) a figure skater in Pairs events, the 1st Canadians to win World Pairs event.
February 8, 1929 -
Born Thelma Chalifoux, Aboriginal member of Canadian Senate appointed 1997.
February 12, 1929 -
Born Marion Dewar, politician who was a mayor of Ottawa and social activist.
April 29, 1929 - Born Doris Elsie Guyatt (1929-2012) politician and acclaimed civil servant.
May 10, 1929 - Born Antonine Maillet,  a novelist and supreme storyteller.
May 11, 1929 - Born
Inger Hansen (1929-2013) Justice in Ontario  Court of Justice.
May 29, 1929 - Born Fernande Chiocchio (1929 -  ) Mezzo-soprano, pianist and teacher.
June 9, 1929 - Born Louise Maheux-Forcier, award winning novelist.
June 26, 1929 - Born Dorothy Betz (1929-2007) she served  with a lifelong career in aboriginal law and community service.
August 3, 1929 - Born Eleanor Joan "Dusty" Miller (1929-2012) theatre administrator.
August 26, 1929 - Born Madeleine Bernier (1929 -   ) Pianist and accompanist.
September 4, 1929 - Born Joyce Marguerite Brennan (1929-2011) first woman elected to Smith Falls, Ontario Town Council.
September 10, 1929 - Born Mimi Matte (1929-   ) artist of popular works unique in their image.

Deaths 1929:
January 29, 1929 -
Died
Evelyn Jane Tanner Burns (1890-1961) Politician, and civil servant, municipal official Rosser Manitoba for 48 years. 
May 10, 1929 - Died Aletta Elise Marty (1865-1929) Canada's first woman inspector of schools and author.
December 7, 1929 - Died
Sibella Annie Barrington (1867-1929) pioneer nurse in Canada's Maritimes.

   

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