1930 AD to 1939 AD
||February 15, 1930 - Cairine Reay Wilson (1895-1962)
become the first woman appointed to
the Senate in Canada.
1930 - The Canadian government hands over control of lands to the prairie provinces and though there is not much free farm land left women may now apply on equal terms for free farm land. Sources: Encyclopedia of the Great Plains online (Accessed November 2012) : 100 more Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster (Dundurn, 2011)
March 27, 1930 - The Edmonton Grads women's basketball team beat Seattle Ferry Lines by 59 points over two games to retain the Underwood Trophy and the international title.
1930 - The Business and Professional Women Canada (The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs) is formed Source: BPW; History http://www.bpwcanada.com/history.html (accessed May 20, 2005)
1930 - Doctors at the Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto invent Pablum baby cereal.
1930 - Wonder Bread, the world's first packaged sliced bread enters the market place. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 15
Born 1930 - Jane Margaret Carson Champagne, writer and landscape artist.
Born 1930 - Marion Fry (1932- ) noted educator and university administrator.
February 13, 1930 - Born Miriam Mandel (1930-1982) poet and author, winner of a Governor General's Award..
February 25, 1930 - Born Norma Busby (1930-2008) a nurse who was on the front of labour lines fighting for higher standards and respect of the profession.
March 18, 1930 - Born Anne Macdonald (1930-1993) social activist
March 26, 1930 - Born Joyce Carter (1930-2011) Fashion journalist
May 8, 1930 - Born Agnes Helen Porter an author who excels in writing fiction, poetry and drama.
May 18, 1930 - Born Rose Sheinin, professor and author.
July 15, 1930 - Born Isobel Finnerty, political activist and Senator.
July 25, 1930 - Born Maureen Forrester, opera singer and Canadian nationalist who is a Companion of the Order of Canada.
September 29, 1930 - Born Constance Elvia Crook author of books for young readers.
October 5, 1930 - Born Joanne Strong Philpott (1930-2011) columnist for the Globe and Mail. Source: The Globe and Mail.
October 20, 1930 - Born Pat Lotz (1930-2012) librarian and researcher. Source: The Globe and Mail
November 16, 1930 - Born Landon Pearson (1930---) Senator and social activist for the health and rights of children around the world.
November 1, 1930 - Died Emily Ann McCausland Cummings (1851-1930) Journalist and first woman to receive an honorary degree from a Canadian University.
December 9, 1930 - Died Laura Muntz Lyall (1860-1930) artist.
1931 - The Statute of Westminster, passed in the British
Parliament means that Dominion Parliaments could now pass laws
without reference to United Kingdom Laws and abolished various
reserve powers still possessed by the Crown and Britsh Parliament.
The paradoxically increased the monarchy's importance, since the
Dominions (no longer subordinated to the one supreme Parliament
Westminister) were now linked through common allegiance to the
1931 - The Joy of Cooking publishes its first edition.
1932 - Dr.
Elizabeth Bagshaw (1881-1982) opens the first
Canadian family planning clinic in Hamilton, Ontario.
1932- Helena Walker - Mrs. Ashley Walker (1867-1963) is the first woman elected alderman in Regina, Saskatchewan. Source:City of Regina. Heritage & History. Online. (Accessed January 2012.)
1932 - Rose-Anna Vachon (1870
develops a delicious cream filled
chocolate cake that she names for two of her sons ...Jos-Louis.
Source: I know That Name by Mark Kearney & Randy
Roy (Toronto: Hounslow, 2002)
1933 - A reasonable and adequate diet for a family of five in Toronto is
$7.65 per week!
1933 - Mary Belle Barclay and her sister E. Catherine Barclay pitch a tent in Bragg Creek,Alberta to welcome campers to the first Hostel in North America. In 2012 Parks Canada declare this to be an Historic Site. Source: 100 More Canadian Heroines by Merna Foster Dundurn Press, 2011.
1933 - Rose-Anna Vachon invents the Joe Louis Cake which is named after two of her sons.
1933 - Canadian Actress Fay Wray (1907-2004) has lead female role in movie King Kong.
1933 - Born Mary Dohey ( 1933- ) a stewardess who became a heroine saving lives of passenger and crew from a hijacker in 1971.
August 23, 1933- Born Betty Lambert (1933-1983) prolific Canadian playwright.
September 1933 - Born Catherine G. Hennessey (1933 - ) Heritage activist.
October 13, 1933 - Born Dorothy Moore (1933- ) Member of the Order of Nova Scotia. Sources: The order of Nova Scotia http://www.gov.ns.ca/prot.2006recipients.htm (accessed August 12, 2008; Canadian Who’s Who 2005 ; University of Toronto Press, 2006.
November 20, 1933 - Born Maryon Kantaroff ( 1933- ) award winning sculptor.
!933 - Born Eva Mariene Heddle (1933- 2009) At three she was Canada's Sweetheart.
1933 - Died Margaret Hubner Wetherell (d. 1933) local historian
February 27, 1933 - Died Alice Jones (1853-1933) one of Canada's leading authors for her era.
April 15, 1933 - Died Mary Isabella Macleod (1852-1933)pioneer of western Canada.
May 3, 1933- Died Mary Ellen Smith (1863-1933) first woman elected to BC Legislature and first woman appointed to a Cabinet position in the British Empire.
July 17 - Died Mary Agnes Fitzgibbon (1862-1933) Journalist ...pen-name Lally Bernard.
September 3 - Died Jean Wilson award winning speed skater.
October 10 , 1933- Died Ione Christensen former Commissioner of the Yukon Territories and Appointed to the Senate of Canada 1999.
October 27, 1933 - Died Emily Murphy,(1868-1933) judge and member of the Famous Five.
|1934||March 9, 1934 - New Brunswick women win
the right to hold provincial office.
1934 - Campbell's soups introduces Chicken noodle and Cream of Mushroom soups to its lineup.
1934 - Ethel Stark (1916?- ) is the first woman soloist heard on radio when she plays violin performing under conductor Fritz Reiner the Tchaikovsky “Concerto.
1934 - Helen Alice Kinnear (1884-1970) is the first woman in the British Empire to be appointed King's Counsel.
1934 - Phyllis Dewar (1916- ) becomes the first Canadian woman to win four gold medals for swimming at the British Empire Games, a record not broken until 1966.
Source: www.womenwarriors.ca Timeline
1934 - Lillian Frieman (1885-1940) is the first Canadian Jew to be awarded the Order of the British Empire.
1934 - Born Nancy Bauer, author
February 12, 1934 - Born Mary Alice Dawe Downie (1934- ) children's author.
March 9, 1934 - Born Marlene Streit, champion golfer, former Canadian Female Athlete of the Year , and member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and first Canadian in the World Golf Hall of fame.
April 20, 1934 -Born Naomi Elizabeth Saunders Griffiths (1934- ) historian and academic expert on Acadian culture.
May 15, 1934 - Born Julia Levy, medical researcher and professor.
May 28, 1934 - Born Annette, Emilie, Yvonne, Cécile, and Marie Dionne all share the same birthday in Corbeil, Ontario They were the only known-surviving quintuplets in the world at the time of their birth. There is incredible international media attention.
August 2, 1934 - Born Valerie Knowles, author and biographer.
August 25, 1934 - Born List Bacon, Member of the Senate of Canada.
September 21, 1934 - Born Gloria Saarinen ( 1934- ) renowned pianist
October 6 - Born Joan Cook Businesswoman and member of the Senate of Canada.
August 19, 1934 - Died Jean Blewett (1862-1934) journalist, novelist and poet.
September 29, 1934 - Died Dora Olive Thompson (1895-1934) Author of books for young readers.
|1935||1935 - Helen Alice Kinnear (1894-1970) is the first woman lawyer in
Canada to appear as counsel before the Supreme Court in Canada.
1935 - The Canadian Bowling Association, out of Toronto, creates a Ladies Section. Source: 5-pin Bowling History cvnet.net/burnstd (Accessed May 2005)
1935 - The Canadian government selects Alice Wilson (1881-1964), Canada's first woman geologist, as a "notable woman in the Civil Service". Source:100 Canadian Heroines: famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester. Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004.
1935 - Alice Wilson (1881-1964), Canada's first woman geologist is appointed as a member of the Order of the British Empire. Source:100 Canadian Heroines: famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester. Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004.
1935 - Born Verna Jane Kirkness (1935- ) well known educator known as Longhouse Lady.
1935 - Born Doreen Curtis Wicks (1935-2004) Social activist and holder of the Order of Canada.
January 14, 1935 - Born Lucille Wheeler Canada's first ever Canadian Olympic Ski medalist in 1956.
January 27, 1935 - Born Christine McCall (1935-2005) journalist, author and biographer of Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
March 15, 1935 - Born Mary Pratt , her paintings look so real you think they are photographs!
April 2, 1935 - Born Sharon Acker, actress.
April 22, 1935 - Born Rita Margaret Johnston, politician and the first woman to serve as a provincial premier in Canada.
June 2, 1935 - Born Carol Shields (1935-2003) award winning author.
June 6, 1935 - Born Joy Kogawa, author of children's books, poetry and essays and social activist.
July 29, 1935 - Born Patricia Lowther (1935-1975) respected poet, the Patricia Lowther Award now honours the best Canadian Poets.
November 17, 1935 - Born Audrey Thomas (1935- ) novelist and journalist.
December 22, 1935 - Born Marilyn Levine (1935-2005) artist and sculptor.
February 9, 1935 - Died Margaret Ross (1845-1935) Biographer
March 31-, 1935 Died Emma Lorne Duff ( ?-1935) teacher and author.
May 8, 1935 - Died Susie Frances Harrison (1858-1935) she used the pen name Seranus and wrote novels and poetry.
September 5, 1935 - Died Eliza Ritchie, (1856-1935) probably the first Canadian woman to receive her doctor of letters.
November 25, 1935 - Died Gwethalyn Graham. (1913-1935) award winning author.
December 26, 1935 - Died Ida Virginia Barclay (1877-1935) businesswoman and owned of ski resort, one of the first to offer ski trails.
|1936||1936 - Barbara Hanley is
the first woman elected to the position
of a mayor of a town in Canada, Webwood, Ontario.
November 1936 - - Lydia Gruchy (1895- ) is the first woman to be ordained as a minister in the United Church of Canada.
1936 - The Governor General's Award in Literature is founded.
1936 - Social worker Dorthea Palmer is arrested and charged under the Criminal Code of Canada for offering birth control information. Source : A History of Abortion in Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)
December 10, 1936 - King Edward Vlll signed a document that steted he
had renounced "the throne for myself and my decendants." The
Following Day he made a radio broadcast where he told the nation and
the Commnwealth that he had abdicated because he found he could not
discharge the duties as king as he would wish to do without the help
and support of the woman he loved [Wallace Simpson\.
|1937||May 12, 1937 - The coronation of King George Vl takes
place at Westminster Abbey in London, England.
September 1, 1937 - Trans Canada Air Lines begins regular flights.
1937 - Alice Evelyn Wilson (1881-1964) is the first woman elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
1937 - Elsie MacGill (1905-1980.) is the first woman to be admitted corporate membership in the Engineering Institute of Canada.
1937 - Léa Roback (1903-2000) leads 5000 garment industry workers in Montreal on a massive strike that lasted 25 days. They were protesting 60 hour work weeks, poverty level wages and miserable working conditions. Source: 100 Canadian Heroines : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester. Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004 Pg. 205.
1937 - Synchronized swimming is introduced in Canada at the Peterborough YWCA. Source: History of the YWCA http://www.ywcacanada.ca/ (accessed January 12, 2005)
1937 - Dorothea Palmer is acquitted on charges of unlawfully advertising birth control methods. The trial is a landmark in the ongoing fight by women to control their reproductive capacity. The criminal law with respect to birth control information and advertising was not changed until 1969. Source : Cool Chronology at www.coolwomen.org (accessed July 2005)
1937 - Kraft Diner is introduced to the world. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 17.
1937 - The invention of the blender is introduced to the North American market. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.
1937 - Born Zanana L Akande (1937- ) Member of Ontario Parliament.
1937 - Born Aiko Geraldine Suzuki (1937-2005) a sculptor, painter, printmaker, dance set designer, curator and teacher,.
1937 - Born Dorothy Thomas (1938-2005) feminist and community social activist.
June 8, 1937 - - Born Cathy Townsend, the first Canadian woman to win the Bowling Cup and member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
June 11, 1937 - Born Alice Katrina Loewen Chambers (1937-1999 Scientist and community activist for the environment.
June 15, 1937 - Born Lola Lemire Tostevin, bilingual author and poet.
June 18, 1937 - Born Rose-Marie Losier-Cool, Member of the Canadian Senate.
September 8, 1937 - Born Barbara Frum, (1937-1992) Award winning multi media journalist.
September 15, 1937 - Born Marjorie Harris, (1937- ) renouned author and gardening enthusiast, she is the expert of her era.
February 2, 1937 - Died Eudora Lochead ( -1937) Pioneer store owner on the West coast.
August 1, 1937 - Died Constance Woodrow (1899-1937) author.
1938 - Elinor Francis Elizabeth Black (1905-1982) is the first
Canadian woman member of the British Royal College of Obstetricians
Manitoba Biography by
J. M. Bumsted
University of Manitoba Press, 1999: Memorable Manitobans
Profile by Gordon Goldsborough. Online (accessed December 2011) :;
Government of Manitoba. Status of Women. Women
1938 - The DuPont company introduces Teflon non stick coating for cooking pots and pans. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 16
January 9, 1938 - Born Claudette Boyer (1938- ) First Franco-Ontarian women to be elected to the federal government, 1999.
February 17, 1938 - Born Martha Henry, leading stage and film actress.
March 19, 1938 - Born Susan Butt (1938- ) Canadian Tennis champion
March 31, 1938- Born Beverley Simons, playwright,
May 5, 1938 - Born Barbara Wagner She and skating partner Robert Wagner were to international medal winning pairs skaters and are members of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
June 10, 1938 - Born Ernestine Russell Weaver (1938- ) Champion gymnast.
June 28, 1938 - Born Shelagh Dawn Grant, author and historian.
August 9, 1938 - Born Micheline Saint-Marcoux (1938-1985) composer and teacher.
August 16, 1938 - Born Dorothy Lidstone, world champion archer.
November 10, 1938 - Vera Frenkel (1938- ) renowned artist in multi and modern electronic media.
1938 - Died Mary Ella Dignam (1857-1938) feminist, artist, founder of the Women's Art Association of Canada.
1938 - Died Marie McIntyre (1900-1938) the first Ukrainian woman to become a pharmacist.
January 12, 1938 - Died Annie Charlotte Dalton (1865-1938) a poet who was inducted into the Order of the British Empire.
February 12, 1938 - Died Amy Parkinson (1859?-1938) poet.
June 6, 1938 - Died Georgina Fane Pope (1862-1938) The Florence Nightingale of Prince Edward Island and first Matron of the Canadian Army Medical Corp.
October 22, 1938 - Died May Irwin, (1862-1938.) Stage performer and star of pioneering one minute movie by Thomas Edison.
November 17, 1938 - Died Jean Newton McIlwraith (1959-1938) author.
December 15, 1938 - Died Marjory Willison Lady Willison was an Author.
2, 1939 - the National Film Board is created.
September 10, 1939 - Canada declares war on Germany beginning participation in World War ll.
1939 - The Canadian Home Economics Association is formed. Source: Herstory: the Canadian Women's Calendar 2000 (Silver anniversary edition) . Coteau Books, 1999 page 30.
The first Canadian Elizabeth Fry Society was
established in Vancouver.
1939 - Elsie Gregory MacGill (1905-1980) is the first woman to design and witness the construction of an airplane based on these designs. Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)