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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 August  2014

DATES

EVENTS

1930
 
February 15, 1930  - Cairine  Wilson (1895-1962) become the 1st 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

1930's -
The Preston Rivulettes, one of the greatest dynasties in Canadian sport, dominate, female hockey 1930-1939, the Rivulettes clamed 10 Ontario, 10 Eastern Canadian and 6 Dominion hockey titles. Source:  www.femalehockey.ca  accessed January 2013.

Births 1930:
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 6, 1930 - Born Mariruth Sarsfield (1930-2013) Journalist and broadcaster.
March 18, 1930 - Born Anne Macdonald (1930-1993) social activist
March 26, 1930 - Born Joyce Carter (1930-2011) Fashion journalist
April 24, 1930 - Born June Elizabeth Bantjes (1930 - 2006) Social activist and founding member of the Women's Calendar Collective.
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.
August 25, 1930 - Born Ruth Middleton Gentry played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
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.
December 21, 1930 - Born Claire Lorraine Mackay (1930-2013) author
December 29, 1930 - Born Ruth Tulving (1930-   ) artist

Deaths 1930:
May 10, 1930 -
Died
Zoe Lafontaine Laurier (1849-1930) wife of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
May 19, 1930 -
Died Marie Louise-Emilie Lavergne (1849-1930) close friend of Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
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  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 Grown.

1931 - The Joy of Cooking publishes its first edition.

1931 - Helen Birdsall
(1906-1988) produces an extravaganza for the Grandstand show at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto using a cast of 1,500 people. Source: Canadian Obituary Record, 1988. Robert M. Stamp. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1989)

Births 1931:
1931 -
Born Judith Brady (1931-2013)  Social activist. 

1931 - 
Born Mary Eileen Travis (1931-2005) Maritime Librarian and first woman on St. John , N. B. Board of Trade.
1931 - Born Barbara Mary Wilson (1931-2014) archivist and historian
January 9, 1931 - Born Flora Miller (1931-   ) Canadian National gold medal winning diver 1947.

January 22, 1931 -
Born Doris Giller Born Montreal, Quebec. Died April 25, 1993. Pioneer journalist and newspaper editor.
March 28, 1931 - Born Jane Rule (1931-2007) author and order of British Columbia
April 23, 1931 - Born Evelyn Robson Strahlendorf ( 1931-   ) Canadian Doll Collector and researcher.
May 11, 1931 - Born Blanche Macdonald (1931-1985) an educator and Native rights activist on the west coast.
June 13, 1931 - Born Jean Jay Macpherson, award winning poet.
June 30, 1931 - Born Joyce Wieland ( 1931-1998) an artist with works covering a multitude of media from canvas, quilting , embroidery and film.
July 4, 1931 - Born Gloria Cranmer Webster (1931-   ) the first aboriginal woman to attend the University of British Columbia. She graduated in anthropology.
July 10, 1931  - Born Alice Munro, award winning author.
July 20, 1931 - Born Naomi Beth Wakan (1931-    ) Artist and author
August 29, 1931 - Born Lise Payette , media journalist and Member of Quebec provincial parliament.
October 5, 1931 - Born
Rosalie Alma Gower (1931-2013) Social Activist
November 23, 1931 - Born Constance R. Glub 1st woman to be appointed city manager and 1st woman to be Chief Justice of Nova Scotia.
December 4, 1931 - Born Edna Mae Durbin better known by her satge name Deana Durbin (1931-2013) movie actress from 1930's

Deaths 1931:
1931 -
Died Kathleen Macfarlane Lizars, author.
January 3,1931 - Died Lily Adams Beck (1862?-1931) author.
April 1931 - Died
Rachel Goldbloom (1885? - 1931) a community activist and philanthropist.
May 1, 1931 - Died
Margaret Ridley Charlton (1858-1931) educated as a librarian she became an author of books for children.
July 10, 1931 - Died Louise McKinney (1868-1931) , politician and member of the "Famous
5" .
September 5, 1931 - Died  Marion Osborne (1871-1931) poet, playwright and author.
November 10, 1931 - Died
Henrietta Louise Edwards  (1849-1931) Member of the "Famous Five"
 

1932 1932 - Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw (1881-1982) opens the 1st 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 (?)-1948) 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)

1932 - Married women who own property are given the right to vote in Montreal civic elections but are still denied the right to vote in provincial elections Source: Herstory 2008: The Canadian Women's Calendar (Coteau Books, 2007)

Births 1932:
1932 -
Born Marjorie Jane Hodgson (1932-   ) artist.
1932 -
Born Beatrice Ford Watts (1832-2004) First  Inuit woman to qualify as a teacher in Labrador.
January 2, 1932 -
Born Jean Little (1932-  ) blind award winning children's author
January 15, 1932 -
Born Ruth Galbraith (1932-2013) a medical doctor and role model for working mothers.
March 15, 1932 -
Born Rita Joe (1932-2007) poet.
May 16, 1932 -
Born Denise Fillatrault, actress.
May 18, 1932 - Born Claudia Myrna Bowman (1932-2004) Lawyer, judge and feminist.
June 6, 1932 - Born Anne-Claire Poirier, film director and producer.
June 6, 1932 - Born Lois Boyle (1932-2012) "Mother of the Snowbirds" Canada's flying aeronautic team.
August 16, 1932 - Born Jacqueline Lorraine Shepherd (1932-2006),
1960’s consumer advocate & activist.
September 6, 1932 - Born Joan Ann Cooch (1932-2013) pioneer women's hockey coach.
September 28, 1932 - Born Diane Rose Stratus (1932-  ) Member of Parliament
October 13, 1932 - Born Dorothy Reitman (1932 - ) Volunteer and social activist.
November 15, 1932 - Born Marie Bonin (1932-2003) Manitoba nurse.

Deaths 1932:
1932 -
Died
Onésime Dorval (1845-1932) the first trained teacher in the Red River area and a National Historic Person of Canada
May 2, 1932 - Died Ellen Elizabeth Spragge (1854-1932) free lance journalist.
September 3, 1932 - Died Mary Adelaide Dawson Snider (1879-1932) Journalist and a founder of the Canadian Womens Press Club.
November 6, 1932- Died Nina Jamieson (? - 1932) journalist and novelist.
November 11, 1932 -  Died Georgina Alexandrina Newhall (1859-1932) journalist and poet.
 

1933 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.

Winter 1933 - Lady Bessborough, Roberte de Neuflize Ponsonby (1882-1979),
wife of the Governor General of Canada, donates a championship trophy for the Dominion Women's Amateur Hockey Association. The Edmonton Rustlers won the 1st trophy. Source: Coast to Coast Hockey in Canada to the Second World War. Edited by John Chi-Kit Wong. (University of Toronto Press, 2009) page 142.

1933 -
the Associated Countrywomen of the World is founded with Margaret Madge Rose Robertson Watt (1888-1948) serving as 1st president until 1947. 
Book: A great Rural Sisterhood; Madge Robertson Watt and the Associated Countrywomen of the World by Linda Ambrose( University Press)

Births 1933:
1933 - Born Mary Dohey ( 1933-   ) a stewardess who became a heroine saving lives of passenger and crew from a hijacker in 1971.
May 24, 1933 -
Born Marion Ruth Engel (1933-1985) acclaimed author.
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.

Deaths 1933:

!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.

March 24, 1934 - the inaugural games of the Eastern Canadian Women's Hockey Championships is held with the Preston Rivulettes winning over the Montreal Maroon's 4to 1.
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.

Winter 1934 - the Dominion Women's Amateur Hockey Association
did not host n annual even because the cost of travels for the team to play was too difficult to raise. The Preston Rivulettes defaulted against the Edmonton Rustlers.
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.


1934 - Campbell's soups introduces Chicken noodle and Cream of Mushroom soups to its lineup.


1934 - Ethel Stark
 (1916?-   ) is the 1st 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 1st woman in the British Empire to be appointed King's Counsel.   

1934 - Phyllis Dewar (1916-    ) becomes the 1st 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 - Sarah Persis Johnson Darrach (1886-1974) a World War l nursing sister, and nursing educator is inducted into the Order of the British Empire.
Source: Memorable Manitobans Online (Accessed February 2014)


Births 1934:
1934 -
Born Bertha Allen (1934-2010) volunteer and social activist, President of the Native Women's Association
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, the only known-surviving quintuplets in the world at the time of their birth.
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, 1934 - Born Joan Cook Businesswoman and member of the Senate of Canada.

Deaths1934:
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 - Aileen Alethea Meagher (1910-1987) medal winning track athlete is Canada's Outstanding Woman Athlete and Canadian Athlete of the year. Sources: Herstory: A Canadian Women’s calendar 2012. Coteau Books, 2011. ; Who’s

Winter 1935 -
The Preston Rivulettes defeat the Winnipeg Eaton's Ladies in the Dominion Ladies Hockey Championships.
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.

1935 -
Helen Alice Kinnear
(1894-1970)  is the  1st 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 -
Helen Frances Okuloski (1912-1993) sets up her law practice as one of the1st women lawyers in Hamilton, Ontario Source: Diversifying the bar: Lawyers Make history. Law Society of Upper Canada Online

1935 - Alex Gibb (1891-1958) is the only woman on the Ontario Athletic Commission. 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.

1935 - The western Shield Championship for women's hockey is established. It is the longest running women's hockey tournament. Source:  www.femalehockey.ca  accessed January 2013.


Births 1935:
1935 - Born Verna Irene States Thomas (1935-2005) social activist and volunteer

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.
January 29, 1935 - Died
Genevieve Elsie Alice Lipsett-Skinner (1886-1935) 1st woman journalist in Canadian Press Gallery.
March 10, 1935 - Born Suzanne "Suzy" Rochon Burnette  (1935-2006) journalist and radio broadcaster.
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.
May 28, 1935 - Born Frances "Fran" Anne Wigston Eberhard (1935 -  ) Sports administrator who also played basketball and volleyball. 
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.
October 10, 1935 -
Born
Marge Linden (1935-3013) 1st woman all night disc jockey, Montreal Radio & 1st to appear in regular TV programs
November 17, 1935 -
Born Audrey Thomas (1935-  ) novelist and journalist.
December 22, 1935 - Born Marilyn Levine (1935-2005) artist and sculptor.

Deaths 1935:
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 1st woman elected to the position of a mayor of a town in Canada, Webwood, Ontario.

March 1936 -
sports journalist Alexandrina Gibb labels women's hockey contests as battles between players who demonstrate an aggressive form of hockey and that players were as good as the men's teams in scraps on the ice. Source: "Queens of the Ice Lanes: the Preston Rivulettes and woman's Hockey in Canada, 1931-1940"  by Carly Adams in Sport History Review vol. 30 pages 1-29 2008.

1936 -
Aileen Meagher (1910-1987) wins silver and bronze medals on the track in the Berlin Olympics.
Sources: Herstory: A Canadian Women’s calendar 2012. Coteau Books, 2011. ; Who’s

November  1936 -  Lydia Gruchy
(1895-   ) is the 1st woman to be ordained as a minister in the United Church of Canada.

1936 - Margaret Paton Hyndman (1901? - 1991) is the 1st Toronto woman to be appointed King's Counci and the second woman in the British Empire to be appointed to this position.
Sources: Toronto Business and Professional Club, website accessed March 1913. ; Margaret Hyndman, lawyer: no warm welcome 50 years ago, Ottawa Citizen June 13, 1976.

Winter 1936 - the Dominion Women's Amateur Hockey Association did not host n annual even because the cost of travels for the team to play was too difficult to raise. The Preston Rivulettes defaulted against the Winnipeg Olympics . 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.

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)

1936 - Edra Isles Saunders Ferguson (1907-2011) in 1936 she was 1st woman elected as alderman in St Thomas, Ontario. Sources: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013. Obituary, St Thomas Times Journal November 2011.

1936 - Girl Guide Cookies are now sold across Canada.

December 10, 1936 -
King Edward Vlll signed a document that stetted he had renounced "the throne for myself and my descendants." The Following Day he made a radio broadcast where he told the nation and the Commonwealth 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\].

Births 1936:
January 25, 1936 -
Born Mary Elizabeth "Mary Beth" Brugger Dolin (1936 -   ) politician
February 15, 1936 -
Born Sherrill "Shay" Cheda (1936-2008) helped launch new feminism in the 1970's and fought to acknowledge women's roles in librarianship.
March 1, 1936 -
Born Monique Bégin , federal cabinet minister who was responsible for old age security increases and the child tax credit.
March 31, 1937 - Born Anna Mariana Terana (1937-   ) Politician
April 8, 1937 - Born Bernelda Winona Sakinasikwe Gordon (1917-2005) radio and television broadcaster and social activist.
April 19, 1936 - Born Sharon Pollock, playwright and winner of the Governor General's Award.
May 13, 1936 - Born Patricia Beatty, dancer and founder of the New Dance Group of Canada.
May 17, 1936 - Born Aline Chrètien ( 1936 -    ) wife of Prime Minister Jean Chrètien (1934 -   )
May 30, 1936 - Born Ruta Lee, actress.
June 26, 1936 - Born Marion Margaret Cuming, an artist to uses her talents to help emotionally disturbed children.
August 17, 1936 - Born Pat Annesley (1936-2012) Journalist
September 30, 1936 - Born Donna Margaret Louise Blight (1936-2008) Nurse and community activist
November 14, 1936 - Died
Agnes Christina Laut (1871-1936) a journalist and author who ventured into political commentary
December 16, 1936 -  Born Karleen Bradford (1936-   ) author of books for youth.
December 24, 1936 - Born Joan Elizabeth Humphrey (1936-2008) Professional name J.J. McColl Vancouver's first woman radio D.J.

Deaths:
1936 - Died Edith Jessie Archibald (1854-1936) social activist for women's rights. A National Historic Person of Canada.
May 1936 - Died Léonise Valois (1888-1936) 1st woman to publish poetry in Quebec also a journalist
 

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.


Winter 1937 -
The Preston Rivulettes defeat the Winnipeg Eaton's at the Dominion Ladies Hockey Championships. t
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.

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 -
Plan International is founded as a Foster Parents Plan, a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countries. Source: Herstory 2012: The Canadian Women's Calendar 2012. Saskatoon Women's Calendar Collective.

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.

Births 1937:
1937 -
Born Jane Millgate (1937 -   ) author and academic
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.
December 23, 1937 - Born Geills MacCrae Kilgour Turner ( 1937 -   ) wife of Prime Minister John N. Turner (1929-   )

Deaths 1937:
February 1, 1937 -
Died
Susan Louise Moir Allison (1845-1937) pioneer and author, British Columbia,in 2010 became National Historic Person.
February 2, 1937 -
Died Eudora Lochead (  -1937) Pioneer store owner on the West coast.

August 1, 1937 - Died Constance Woodrow (1899-1937) author.
November 18, 1937 - Died
Julia Willmothe Henshaw (1868-1937) botanist, journalist, novelist.
1938 Winter 1938 the Preston Rivulettes defeat the Winnipeg Olympics in the Dominion Women's Hockey Championships. The Rivulettes also earn the Fanny Rosenfeld and Romeo Daoust  this year.  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.


1938 - Elinor Francis Elizabeth Black (1905-1982) is the first Canadian woman member of the British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Sources: Dictionary of 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

Births 1938:

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.
September 1938 -
Born Eliza Olson (1938-   ) award winning environmentalist
November 10, 1938 -
Vera Frenkel (1938-   ) renowned artist in multi and modern electronic media.

Deaths 1938:
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.
 
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1939-1945 - Some 5000 nurses serve in the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force Medical Corps during World War ll. The serve overseas in hospitals, casualty stations near combat zoned, mobile field hospitals and in many theatres of war. However they are not permitted to serve in warships, combat aircraft or combat arms units.  Source: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March 2014)

May 2, 1939 - the National Film Board is created.

September 10, 1939 - Canada declares war on Germany beginning participation in World War ll.

Winter 1939 - the Preston Rivulettes defeat the Winnipeg Olympics and Charlottetown Islanders at the Dominion  Women's Hockey Championship.
 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.

1939 - Lucile Garner Grant (1910-2013) is the 1st woman hired by Trans-Canada Airlines to be a stewardess.
Source: “She was Canada’s firs airline stewardess” by Nora Ryell The Globe and Mail, March 29, 2013.

1939 -
The Canadian Home Economics Association is formed.
Source: Herstory: the Canadian Women's Calendar 2000 (Silver anniversary edition) . Coteau Books, 1999 page 30.

1939 - The first Canadian Elizabeth Fry Society was established in Vancouver.

1939 - The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is founded by Gweneth Lloyd (1901-1993) and Betty Farrally. (1915 - 1989) as the Winnipeg Dance Club renamed to Winnipeg Ballet in 1941.  Sources: Memorable Manitobans Online (Accessed April 2014) ; The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Accessed April 2014). Book: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet: the first forty years (1979).


1939 - Sabel McLaughlin  (1903-2002.) is the first woman to hold the position of president of the Canadian Group of Painters.

1939 - Kay Martin (married name Snelgrove) (1921-2005) begins delivering covert letters from the British War Office for delivery to the President of the United States under the direction of William Stevenson, also known as INTREPID.

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)

Births 1939:
1939 -
Born  Sheila Cantor (1939-1988) internationally renowned researcher in the field of schizophrenia.

1939 - Born- Elizabeth Parr-Johnston first woman president of the University of New Brunswick and member of the Order of Canada.
January 11, 1939 -  Born Anne Heggtveit born Ottawa, Ontario. Olympic gold medalist in figure skating 1960.
February 10, 1939  - Born Adrienne Louise Clarkson, second woman to be appointed as Governor General of Canada.
March 8, 1939  - Born Berta Lynn Seymour (1949-   ) dancer and choreographer
April 2, 1939  - Born Lise Tibault, Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.
April 15, 1939  - Born Hugette Labelle, nursing teacher and civil servant.
April 16, 1939  - Born Sandra Ann Djwa (1939-   ) author, biographer, and educator.
June 5, 1939  - Born Margaret Hollingsworth, renowned playwright.
July 3, 1939  - Born Renée Claude, singer.
July 26, 1939  - Born Catherine Callbeck, politician and business woman, former Premier of Prince Edward Island and Senator.
October 5, 1939  - Born Marie-Claire Blais, (1939 -   )  one of Quebec's finest contemporary authors.
November 26, 1930 - Born Doreen "Betty" Allen Mullins (1930-  ) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League

Deaths 1939:
1939 -
Died
Corinne Bernard (1898-1939) a community social activist and volunteer in Manitoba
January 9, 1939 - Died Sarah Foulds Camsell (1840-1939) pioneer of Red River Settlement, Manitoba.

January 23, 1939  - Died Mary Townsend Schaffer (1861-1939) Historian and author.
March 27, 1939 - Died
Constance Lindsay Skinner (1877-1939) journalist, poet, author and historian.
June 2, 1939 - Died
Sara (Sarah) Mickle (1853-1939) local historian in Toronto.
December 14, 1939 -
Ruth Morton (1848-1939) west coast pioneer
December 22, 1939 - Died Evelyn Bolduc, (1888-1939) translator and author.
 

   

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