1950 AD to 1959 AD
Canadian are given the right to vote.
1950 - Marion Orr (1918-1995) of Maple, Ontario begins her own flying school. During her career as a flight instructor she trained over 600 pilots. Source: Women in Canadian History. Susan Merrwill http;//www.niagara.com/~merrwill/trivia.html (accessed June 3, 2004)
1950 - Canadians invent the green garbage bag. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 18.
1950 - Born Cathy Kerr (1951-2004) social activist for the disabled
March 16, 1950 - Born Kate Nelligan, actress.
April 18, 1950 - Born Jane Austin Coop, musician.
June 17, 1950 - Born Cathy Sherk ( 1950- ) Canadian Champion women's golfer.
July 11, 1950 - Died Dr. Margaret Ellen Douglas (1878-1950) doctor and medical administrator in Manitoba.
July 12 , 1950- Born Barbara Astman, photographer and multimedia artist.
July 20, 1950 - - Born Tantoo Cardinal, actress.
July 23, 1950 - Born Belinda Montgomery (1950- ) well respected support actress worked mainly in TV.
September 15, 1950 - Born Sheila Fraser, appointed Auditor General of Canada.
September 28, 1950- Born Catherine Robbin, mezzo-soprano.
November 2, 1950- Born Wendy Lill Playwright, journalist, community development worker, historian and Member of Parliament (Dartmouth, N.S.)
November 22, 1950 - Born Linda Granfield, author.
1950 - Died Julia Arthur (1869-1950) international stage actress and movie star.
July 29, 1950 - Died Alice Stuart Massey ( -1950) Wife of Vincent Massey and author.
All three services of the Canadian military begin
to recruit women in the reserves. Source:
Women in the Military. The Canadian Encyclopedia Online
http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com accessed March 2005.
1951 - Charlotte Whitton (1896-1975) is the first woman to become mayor of a major city, Ottawa.
1951 - Addie Aylestock becomes the first Black woman to be ordained as a Minster in Canada. Source: Black History Month http://cyberus.ca/~acdas/bhm1a.html (accessed May 2005)
August 16, 1951 - Winnie Roach-Leuszler (1926-2004) becomes the first Canadian woman to swim the English Channel. (Information from her family)
October 2, 1951 - the first enlistees in the Woman's Division of the Royal Canadian Navy begin their training. Source: “Doreen Nettie Paterson Reitsma” by Raymond Reitsma , The Vancouver Hall of Fame, online (Accessed December 2012.)
- Elsie Knott, a member of the Ojibwa tribe, is the
first Native woman elected chief.
September 1952 - Canada's first television stations begin broadcasting in Montreal and Toronto.
September 8, 1952 - Laddie Dennis (1920-2009) is the first Canadian woman to appear on Canadian TV. Source: Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation Http://www.cbmf-fmcr.ca/Newsletter/march 2009/laddie.php (Accessed March 2009)
1952 - Ethlyn Trapp (1891-1972) became the 1st woman doctor to become head of the National Cancer Institute of Canada. Source: Vancouver Hall of Fame (Accessed December 2012)
|1953||January 1, 1953 - National Library of Canada is
established in Ottawa.
January 1953 - 5 women, including Mrs. Irven McLean are the first women to serve on a jury in Ontario. Source: Cochrane Northland Post January 22, 1953. pg.2.
July 13, 1953 - Stratford Festival begins under a tent .
July 27, 1953 - Korean conflict ends.
1953 - Vitamin D is now added to milk.
1953 - Nancy Hodges becomes the first woman senator in British Columbia's legislature. Source: British Columbia Federation of Labour. http://bcfed.com/issues/women/history
1953 - Canada's Outstanding womens Athelete of the year was Ernestine Russell Weaver, (1938- ) Champion Gymnast. (Also won this title for 1954 & 1955)
1953 - Simpson's Department Stores merges with American Sears and the first Simpson's Sears catalogue is issued. Source: Before e-commerce : a history of mail order catalogues http://wwwcivilization.ca/cpm/catalog/catooooe.html (Accessed December 15,2004.)
1953 - Woodward's Catalogue, a tradition in Western Canada, business closes and assets are purchased by the Hudson's Bay Company. Source: Before e-commerce : a history of mail order catalogues http://wwwcivilization.ca/cpm/catalog/catooooe.html (Accessed December15, 2004.)
|1954||September 9, 1954 - Long distance swimmer, Marilyn Bell
) becomes the first person to swim across Lake Ontario, a
distance of 51 km.
1954 - Olivia Poole, a mother of seven children who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, invents the Jolly Jumper. The device can be hung in any doorway and the baby is safely harnessed in such manner as to allow exercise and fun with bouncing. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.
1954 - Canada's Outstanding womens Athelete of the year was Ernestine Russell Weaver, (1938- ) Champion Gymnast. (Also won this title for 1953 & 1955)
1954 - St John's General Hospital in
Newfoundland names its new nurse's residence after pioneer nursing
educator, Mary Southcott (1862-1943). Source
: 100 Canadian Heroines: famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester.
Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004.
Restrictions on the employment of married women in
the federal public service are removed.
1955 - The Canadian Army and Navy begin to recruit women for regular services not just reserves.
Source: Women in the Military. The Canadian Encyclopedia Online http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com
1955 - Margaret Gee is the first Chinese Canadian woman lawyer to be called to the bar. Source: Canadian Chinese National Council. Moments of Chinese Canadian History. http://www.ccnc.ca/toronto/history/timeline.html (accessed July 7, 2003)
1955 - Canada's Outstanding womens Athelete of the year was Ernestine Russell Weaver, (1938- ) Champion Gymnast. (Also won this title for 1953 & 1955)
1955 - The Canadian Labour Congress is established.
1955 - The Canadian Sports Hall of Fame is established.
1955 - Abby Hoffman (1947- ) wants to play hockey. In order to play she has to cut her hair short and play as a boy. All went well until the all-star game when players had to submit birth certificates! Abby became an overnight sensation and other girls soon appeared to try out for boys hockey teams! Source: Women's Hockey - backcheck; a hockey retrospective. Library and Archives Canada http://collectionscanada.ca/hockey/024002-2200-e.html (accessed January 27, 2006)
1955 - born Sarindar Dhaliwal (1955- ) artist and feminist of Sikh descent.
February 10, 1955 - Born Brenda Clark, illustrator of Franklin the Turtle books.
February 1, 19555 - Born Donna Brown (1955 - ) internationally acclaimed soprano.
February 28, 1955 - Born Rebecca Gail Cowan (1955- ) artist
March 9, 1955 - Born Marilyn C. Bodough, businesswoman and well known motivational speaker who in her spare time was a member of the 2996 Canadian and World Championship curling teams.
March 11, 1955 - Born Leslie Cliff , world medalist in swimming
March 26, 1955 - Born Annette Mangaard, filmmaker.
April 12, 1955 - Born Claire Samson businesswoman in communications and broadcasting.
May 19 , 1955- Born Sue Holloway, Olympic skier and Kayak racer.
May 26, 1955 - Born Louise Bédard (1955) renowned dancer on stage, TV and movies.
June 19, 1955 - Born Renée Elaine Elio, professor and author in the field of computer sciences.
July 17, 1955 - Born Geneviére Cadieux, photographic artist.
August 12, 1955 - Born Jane Siberry a singer who owns her own record label.
August 17, 1955 -Born Manitok Thompson, teacher and Inuklitut programs specialist and MPP Northwest Territories.
October 13, 1955 - Born Teresa Toten (1955- ) writer.
October 15, 1955 - Born Kristine Winder, model.
1955 - Died Mary Margaret "Margery" Brooker (1901-1955) In 1941 the firs woman appointed School Inspector for the Virden District , Manitoba, the First Canadian women to hold such a position. Source: Memorable Manitobans Profile by Gordon Goldsborough. Online (Accessed December 2011)
1955 - Died Violet Irene Guymer (1885-1955) first woman licensed funeral director in Canada
January 1, 1955 - Died Victoria Cartier (1867-1955) Pianist, organist and teacher.
January 11, 1955- Died Henrietta Tuzo Wilson (1873-1955) The first Canadian born woman mountaineer.
May 18, 1955 - Died Emilie Musgrave Boswell (1886-1955) early journalist with the Winnipeg Tribune.
The federal government passes a law granting women
equal pay for doing "identical or substantially identical"
work as men.
1956 - Col. Saunders introduces Kentucky Fried Chicken in a fast food format to the world.
1956 - Lucille Wheeler (1935- ) wins a bronze medal in the Olympics, the first ever Canadian Olympic ski medal.
1956 - Irene MacDonald (1933- ) wins Canada’s first Olympic diving medal, a bronze, in Melbourne, Australia.
1956 - Ernestine Russell Weaver (1938- ) becomes the first Canadian Woman to participate in Gymnastics in the Games in Melbourne , Australia.
1956 - The Woman's Canadian Historical Society of Ottawa is renamed the Ottawa Historical Society. Source: The Ottawa Historical Society Online (Accessed July 2011)
1956 - Born Denise Donlon (1956- ) Broadcaster, Member of Canadian Broadcaster's Hall of Fame.
April 4, 1956 - Born Evelyn Hart, international prima ballerina.
April 6, 1956 - Sandra Bezic (1956- ) International award winning figure skater.
April 30, 1956 - Born Gina Feldberg (1956-2010) an academic who wrote on the social history of health issues.
May 10, 1956 - Born Dinah Anderson aboriginal artist and woodcarver.
May 27, 1956 - Born Catherine Priestner-Allinger (1956- ) Medal winning speed skater and Olympic organizer
June 13, 1956 - Born Barbara Stymiest, one of Canada's top businesswomen.
July 31, 1956 - Born Pam Withers (1956- ) author of extreme sports novels for young readers.
1956 - December - Cathy Lacey (1956- ) artist who uses her art to raise funds to create awareness of various community groups.
May 4, 1956- Died Mina Hubbard (1870-1956) Labrador adventurer and explorer.
May 18, 1956 - Died Nellie Margaret Lewis (1892-1956) teacher and author.
January 1956 - Died Nora Bateson (1896--1956) Librarian and professor at McGill University
August 23, 1956 - Died Isabel Skelton (1877-1956) respected historian and author.
September 7, 1956 - Died Amelia Beers Garvin (1878-1956) journalist and editor.
September 20, 1956 - Died Nanette Bordeaux, (1911-1956) actress.
October 7, 1956 - Died Maud Allan (1873-1956) , pioneer of modern dance.
21,1957 - Rt. Hon. Ellen Louks Fairclough (1905-2004) is the first woman appointed to the Canadian federal
cabinet by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.
1957 - Mabel Frances Timlin (1891-1976.) is the first woman to be elected to the executive committee of the American Economics Association.
1957 - The Canada Council is established to enhance the Canadian cultural experience.
1957 - Blanche Margaret Meagher (1911-1999.) she is the first woman to become appointed as an ambassador from Canada.
1957 - Winnie Roach-Leuszler (1926-2004) is the first Canadian woman to be a baseball umpire
January 17, 1957 - Born Nancy Argenta (1957- ) soprano.
February 17, 1957 - Born Loreena McKennit, singer, actress and writer.
March 10, 1957 - Born Shannon Tweed, TV and film actress.
March 23,1957 - Born Amanda Plummer, actress.
March 24, 1957 - Born Olivia Chow (1957- ) prominent politician and MP of the NDP.
April 3, 1957 - Born Sandra Bell Lundy, cartoonist and founder of the comic strip "Between Friends"
April 6, 1957- Born Gail Amundrud Award winning competitive swimmer.
April 9, 1957 - Born Kit Brennan Watters, actress and playwright .
April 25, 1957 - Born Francine Pelletier, award winning author.
May 1957 - Died Helen Barnard McCall (1899-1957) Photographer
May 1, 1957 - Born Marjorie Blackwood ( 1957- ) Award winning tennis star.
May 4, 1957 - Born Kathy Kreiner, Gold medal Olympian in skiing.
May 21, 1957 - Born Linda Bouchard, composer and orchestra conductor.
May 26, 1957 - Born Lucille Lessard, World champion archer.
June 15, 1957 - Died Gertrude Childs (1881-1957) social worker awarded the Order of the British Empire 1934.
June 16, 1957 - Born Cindy Shatto (1957-2011) a true pioneer in the sports of swimming and diving.
June 29, 1957- Born Janice Rennie, award winning financial consultant.
August 20, 1957 - Born Cindy Nicholas, long distance swimmer and member Canadian Sports Hall of Fame.
September 6, 1957- Born Michaelle Jean (1957- ) 27th and first Afro Caribbean Governor General of Canada.
1958 - Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is founded in
Source: The Timechart of
History of Canada by Meredith Macardle (2004)
1958- Jean Casselman-Wadds (1920-2011) is the third woman elected to the Canadian Parliament and along with her father Earle Rowe they became the only father daughter ever to sit in the same session of Parliament. Sources: Obituary. Ottawa Citizen December 3, 2011.
3, 1959 - Marie-Marguerite d'Youville ( -1771) is
beatified ( a step in the declaration of sainthood by the
Roman Catholic Church). She is the first Canadian born candidate for
1959 - Canada's Food Rules is renamed and updated to become Canada's Food Guide.
1959 - Betty Oliphant (1918-2004) and Celia Franca (1921- ) found the National Ballet School
June 26, 1959 - Queen Elizabeth II and President D. Eisenhower of the U.S.A. officially open the St. Lawrence Seaway.
1959 - Olivia Poole, the inventor of the Jolly Jumper for pre toddler babies had began manufacturing the device in the 1950's and by the end of the decade the family factory in North Vancouver was supplying all of North America, Great Britain and Australia.
1959 - Ernestine Russell Weaver (1938- ) dominates the field of Gymnastics in the Pan American games winning four gold and two silver medals. This was the first Pan Am games for the event of Gymnastics.
1959 - Mary and Helen Stewart win a silver medal int the 4X100 freestyle relay in the swimming relay at the Pan Am Games. Source: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed June 2008)
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