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

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1960

 

1960 - The Canadian Bill of Rights become law.  It grants the right to vote to aboriginal women without them losing their ‘Indian status”. Previously any aboriginal Canadian wishing to have the right to vote had to give up their ‘Indian Status

February 17, 1960 - The National Art Gallery opens in Ottawa

February 28, 1960  - Anne Heggtveit (1939-   ) wins Canada's 1st Olympic gold medal in skiing at the Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, Colorado, U.S.A. Anne is awarded the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the year by the Canadian Press & the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the Year

March 2, 1960 - Barbara Wagner (1938-   ) & Bob Paul (1937-   ) win gold medals in pairs figure skating at the Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley, California, U.S.A.

June 7, 1960 - Gladys Muriel Porter (1894-1967) is the 1st woman elected to the Nova Scotia Provincial Legislature

July 1, 1960 - Women & men identified as Status Indians under the Indian Act are granted the right to vote in federal elections without losing their treaty status

1960 -
Canadian Voice for Women for Peace is founded as a challenge  from Toronto Star columnist Lotta Dempsey Source: Lisa Wajna, Great Canadian Women: Nineteen Portraits of Extraordinary Women (Folklore Publishing, 2005)

1960 - Isabel Janet Macneill / MacNeill  (1908-1990) becomes the 1st woman prison warden when she is appointed to head the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario. Source: Herstory 2006: The Canadian Women’s Calendar. Coteau Books, 2005) ; Macneill, Isabel 1908-1990. Fonds. Memory Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Public Archives. Online (Accessed October 2014)

1960- Mary Jane Wright (1915-2014) becomes the 1st woman to chair a major psychology department at a university Source: Obituaries. Globe and Mail April 26, 2014; Laura Bell,(2010)  Mary Jean Wright In A. Rutherford (Ed.), Psychology's Feminist Voices Multimedia Internet Archive. Retrieved from http://www.feministvoices.com. Online (Accessed August 2014)

1960 - The Ontario Training Schools for Girls , established in 1952 for young female offenders under the age of 16 are closed

December 1960 -
Birth control pills are available for purchase. to the general public

1960 - Marie Daria Haust (1921-   ) becomes the first woman on the Medical Faculty, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario
 Sources: Science.: Profile (Accessed June 2011); Canadian Who’s Who 2006 Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.

1960 - The 1st self-cleaning oven arrives in the home sales market.  Finally!!!!

1960 -
Toronto Policewomen begin wearing wearing derby style hats to prevent them from being mistaken for airline stewardesses of Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) guides
Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.

Births 1960:
1960 -
Born Annie Louisa Prat (1861-1960) Nova Scotia artist
1960 -
Born Amanda C.J. Vincent (1960-   ) marine biologist & scientific researcher who works with seahorses.
1960 -
Born Lauren Waters (1960 -  ) acclaimed wood worker
1960 - Born Jin-Me Yoon (1960-  ) visual artist
January 9, 1960 - Born Lisa Young Walters (1960-   ) champion golfer
February 14, 1960 -
Born Meg Tilly1960-  ) actor
March 22, 1960 - Born Rebecca Belmore (1960-   ) Aboriginal visual artist
March 30, 1960 -
Born Laurie Graham-Flynn, 1960-  ) world ski racing champion
April 2, 1960 - Born Stephanie Lemelin, (1960-  ) international renowned musician
April 8, 1960 - Born Pat Duncan, (1960-  )Premier of the Yukon 2000-2002
April 30, 1960 - Born Judy Illes (1960-   ) neuroscientist
May 28, 1960 -
Born Gail Asper (1960-  ) social activist.
June 1, 1960 - Julie White (1960-   ) track & field high jump champion
June 22, 1960 -
Born Denyse Julien,(1960-  ) medal winning badminton player
July 13, 1960 - Born Gail Greenough (1960-  ), champion equestrian rider and member of the Order of Canada
July 19, 1960 - Born Jan Betker ( 1960-   ) Member of medal winning curling Team Schmirler 
August 7, 1960 - Born Deborah Ellis (1960-   ) Governor General Award winning author
September 18, 1960 - Born Gayle Frieson (1960-   ) Award winning author of books for youth

Deaths 1960:
1960 -
Died
Mary Letitia Lamb (1879- 1960) missionary to China
April 4, 1960 - Died
Marie Rose Delorme-Smith (1861-1960) Métis pioneer
April 25, 1960 - Died
Elizabeth Dafoe (1900-1960) librarian
July 1960 - Died Carmen Elizabeth Clarke (1911-1960) 
1st woman to write a son that sold over 1, 000,000 copies!
July 10, 1960 -
Died Edith Louise Marsh (  -1960) historian
July 20, 1960 - Died Maud Leonora Menten (1879-1960) 1st Canadian woman to receive a medical doctorate in 1911
October 3, 1960  - Died Helena Rose Gutteridge (1879-1960) 1st woman elected to Vancouver City Council
November 24, 1960 - Died Olga Alexandrova Kulikovsky,(1882-1960) Grand Duchess of the Russian Romanoff family she eloped & immigrated to Canada to live & work a farmer
 

1961 1961 - The population of women in Canada is 9,019,000 or 49.4% of the population

1961 -
The average family size, including adults is 3.9 people

1961 -
The average life expectancy for women is 76.65 years

1961 - The Average age of marriage for women is 24.7 years

1961 - The number of women self-declared having been born outside Canada is 972,000

1961 - The number women participating in the formal work force is 2,961,210 or 34.3% of the paid work force but their pay is some 2/3 of that of a Canadian man

1961-
The percentage of university students who are women is 26.5% of the overall student population.  4.6% of Canadian girls graduating high school continue to university studies. 11.3% of male high school graduates go on to university studies Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)

1961 - 25% of Canadian engineers are women: 2.64% of Canadian lawyers are Women: 4.49% of Canadian dentists are women; 7.33% of Canadian medical doctors are women Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)

February 1, 1961
- Gladys Muriel Porter (1893-1967) is the 1st woman elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly

August 12, 1961-
Mary Stewart  (1945-   ) breaks the world record in Women's 100 m butterfly. Mary is awarded the Robbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the year by the Canadian Press

December 14, 1961 - Marie-Claire Kirkland (1924-2016) is the 1st woman elected to the Quebec National Assembly

1961-
Fitness and Amateur Sport Act outlines involvement in development & promotion of fitness and amateur sport

December 21, 1961
- Mary Stewart 
(1945-   ) is named Canada's woman athlete of the year

1961 - Pauline Johnson (1861-1913.) becomes the 1st individual Canadian woman to appear on a Canadian postage stamp

1961 -
Jean Casselman -Wadds (1920-2011) is the 1st woman appointed by the Canadian Government as a delegate to the United Nations Sources: Obituary. Ottawa Citizen December 3, 2011.

1961 - E.V. 'Billie' Mitchell
is the 1st woman elected chair of the British Columbia Section of the Canadian Figure Skating Association becoming the 1st woman on the National Board of Directors

1961 -
The C.C.F (Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) party becomes the New Democratic Party

1961 - Pampers disposable diapers become available to purchase Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.

Births 1961:
1961 -
Born Francoise Baylis (1961-   ) academic
1961 -
Born Silvia Pecota (1961-  ) photographer
January 16, 1961 -
Born Marie Bottrell (1961-   ) country music writer & performer
January 27, 1961 - Born Margo Timmins (1961-   ) lead singer in the award winning group the Cowboy Junkies
February 21,1963 - Born Rebecca "Becky" Grambo (1963-   ) acclaimed nature author & photographer
March 23, 1961 - Born
Marta Nielson (1961-2014) producer & director of documentary films
June 2, 1961 -
Born Susan Jane Budge (1961-   ) orienteering champion
August 13, 1961 -
Born Carolyn Ann Young (1961-   ) historical researcher & author
August 25, 1961 -
Born Marie Saint Pierre (1961-   ) award winning designer of clothing
September 24, 1961 - Born Nancy Ellen Garapick (1961-   ) Olympic medal winning swimmer
September 25, 1961 - Born Tracy Wilson (1961-   ) international champion figure skater in ice dance, 1st pair to win an Olympic medal for Canada

Deaths 1961:
1961 -
Died
Flora Ann Campbell (1883-1961) 1st policewoman hired by Ottawa Police Force
February 15, 1961 -
Died
Evelyn Jane Tanner Burns (1890-1961) Politician, and civil servant, municipal official Rosser Manitoba for 48 years
April 8, 1961 -
Died
Phyllis Dewar(1916-1961) swimmer and member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
May 10, 1961 -
Died Anne Wilkinson (1890-1961) author, biographer & poet
July 12, 1961 - Died Mazo de la Roche (1879-1961) author of the famous Jelna series
October 9, 1961 - Died
Anna Sprott (1879-1961) founder of West Coast Radio School and Vancouver alderman
November 6, 1961 - Died Hortense Crompton Gordon (1887-1961) early Canadian abstract artist and teacher
December 2, 1961 - Died Lily J. Laverstok (1880 ? -1969) west coast theatre impresario
December 21, 1961 - Died
Hughena Dickson Elliott McCorquodale (1881-1961) journalist & editor of the High River Times, Alberta
 

1962 January 1, 1962 - The United Church Women (United Church of Canada) came into being. Its purpose to unite women of the congregation for the total mission of the United Church and to provide a medium through which they may express their loyalty and devotion to Jesus Christ in Christian Witness, study, Fellowship and Service Source: Voices of United Church Women 1962-2002. Edited by Elizabeth Gillian Muir. (Toronto; United Church of Canada, 2002.)

January 19, 1962 - Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Ellen Fairclough (1905-2004), dismantled Discriminatory Policy.
Perhaps her most significant accomplishment was the radical reform of the government's "White Canada" immigration policy. Regulations tabled in 1962 helped to eliminate racial discrimination in Canada's immigration policy Source: Historica : Black History- Timeline http://blackhistorycanada.ca/timeline.php?id=1900 (Accessed March 2007)

July 1, 1962 - Saskatchewan introduces socialized Medicare

July 28, 1962 - Mary Stewart (1945-   ) breaks the world record in butterfly swimming, a record she will hold through to August 16, 1963.She is the 1962 Top Female Athlete of the Year as voted by the Canadian Press for the second year in a row 
Source:  British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed June 2008)

1962 - Norah Louise Hughes (1905-1989) becomes the 1st woman to be head of a Conference in the United Church of Canada

September 3, 1962 - The Trans-Canada Highway opens

December 5, 1962 - Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain (1924-   ) is the 1st woman appointed to the Quebec provincial cabinet when appointed as Minister without portfolio

December 11, 1962 - The last execution in Canada takes place in Toronto

1962 - The Canadian Nurses Foundation is established to promote health and patient care in Canada by supporting nursing education and research Source :  http://www.canadiannursesfoundation.com/

1962 - The drug Thalidomide that caused birth defects in new born babies, is removed from the Canadian market Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.


1962 - Canadian inventor Edward Asselbergs introduced his instant mashed potatoes  
Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 19.

Births 1962:
1962 -
Born Wafa Dabbagh (1962- 2012) 1st woman to wear a religious head covering in the Canadian Armed Forces
1962 - Gloria Macarenko (1962-   )award winning  broadcast journalist, Order of Canada.
1962 - Died
Ida Lewis Siegel (1885-1962) social activist in the Toronto Jewish community
February 28, 1962 - Born Rae Dawn Chong (1962-   ) actor
February 29, 1962 -
Born Sylvie Daigle,(1962-   ), Olympic medal winning speed skater
March 13, 1962 -
Born Rukhana "Roxy" Khan (1962-   ) author
March 20, 1962 -
Born Tina Keeper (1962-   ) actor, director, producer & politician
March 28, 1962 -
Born Jann Arden (1962-   ), award winning singer
April 22, 1962 -
Born Suhana Meharchand (1962-   ) award winning television news journalist
June 12, 1962 - Born Camilla Scott (1962-   ) TV personality & actor
June 24, 1962 -
Born Barbara Underhill (1962-   ) champion skater in pairs with partner Paul Martini
August 12, 1962 -
Born Robin Marie Corsiglia-Scholefield (1962-   ) champion & Olympic medal winning swimmer
October 28, 1962 -
Born Brenda Taylor (1959-   ) Olympic medalist in rowing
December 23, 1962 -
Born Sarah 'Sass' Jordan (1962-   ) Canadian rock singer

Deaths 1962:
1962 -
Died
Susan Mellett Bowen (1870-1962) Anglican Church missionary to the Canadian northwest
1962 -
Died  Frances Emily Lynch (1900-1962) one of the 1st Roman Catholic women lawyers in Ontario
1962 -
Died Lady Elsie Elizabeth Allardyce (1878-1962) founder of Girl Guides in Newfoundland
1962 - Died
Mary Helen Irwin Rutnam (1873-1962) Medical missionary in Ceylon who established the Women's Institute in Ceylon
1962 - Died Alice Mary Schneider (1875-1962) pioneer of Northern Ontario
March 3, 1962 -
Died Cairine Wilson (1885-1962) First woman appointed to the Canadian Senate
June, 1962 - Died
Sandra Tewksbury (1942-1962) Olympic figure skater  
 

1963 January 1, 1963 - Status Indians gain the right to vote in New Brunswick elections

April 1963 - Federal Social Insurance Cards are given to Canadians.

1963 - CUPE = Canadian Union of Public Employees is formed with the merger of NUPE = National Union of Public Employees & NUPSE = National Union of Public Service Employees.

1963 - Fern Alexander of the Toronto Police is the 1st woman in Canada to be appointed to the rank of Inspector
Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.

1963 - Marlene Streit
(1934-   ) wins three tournaments, including the Canadian Open and Canadian Closed Golf tournaments & is awarded the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award by the Canadian Press as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the Year

1963 -
Ringette, an on ice women's sport invented in Canada, is introduced in North Bay Ontario by the town's Parks & Recreation Director, Sam Jacks. The 1st-ever- "game" was played in the winter in Espanola, Ontario. Source: Ringette Canada.

1963 - British Empire/Commonwealth Games -  Mary Stewart (1945-    ), wins a gold medal (100 m butterfly), 2 silver medals & a bronze medal in swimming. 
Source: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed June 2008)

1963-1965 - Jocelyn Bourassa (1947-   ) wins the Quebec Junior Golf Championships beginning her long championship career.

1963 - Nancy McCredie at just 17 breaks the Canadian women's shot put record by 10 feet!

1963 - The Miss Canada Pageant is televised for the 1st time
 
Births 1963:
1963 -
Born Judy McClintock-Messer (1963-   ), World Champion water skier
1963 - Born Urszula Torkarska (1963-   ) international mountain climber, first Canadian to climb the world's 7 tallest peaks
January 13, 1963 - Born Linda Frum (1963-   ) Gemini Award winning journalist
February 15, 1963 - Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (1963-   ) Legal council for the Native Women's Association of Canada

February 21, 1963 - Born Lori Fung(1963-   ), Gold medalist in Rhythmic Gymnastics in 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
February 26, 1963 - Born Gillian Johnson Shakespeare (1963 -   ) award winning author of books for youth

March 29, 1963 - Born Patricia Gwen Barlee (1963-2017) British Columbia environmentalist
June 11, 1963 -
Born Sandra Schmirler (1963-2000), World & Olympic Champion curler

September 1963 - Born
Kirsten Bishopric (1963-2014) actor of stage, television & movies
September 6, 1963 -
Born Angela Chalmers (1963-  ) medal winning track & field star
September 12, 1963 - Born Shannon Crawford (1963-  ) Olympic medalist in rowing
December 1, 1963 -
Born Natalie Lambert (1963-   ) Olympic medalist in speed skating


Deaths 1963:
1963 -
Died
Kate Rice (1883-1963) pioneer prospector & member Canadian Mining Hall of Fame
1963 -
Died
Jean Ethel MacLachian (1875-1963) 1st person to be a Saskatchewan Juvenile Court Judge
1963 -
Died
Helena Walker (1867-1963) 1st woman elected as alderman in Regina Saskatchewan
1963 -
Died Bylee Fay Lang (1908-1963) sculptor

1963 - Died Martha Ostenso, (1900-1963) author & social worker
1963 - Died Gertrude Balmer Watt (1873-1963) journalist
January 3, 1963 - Died Dorothy Sproule (1868-1963) poet
January 22, 1963 - Died Irma LeVasseur (1878-1964) 1st woman to practice medicine in the province of Quebec & pediatric care pioneer
February 21, 1963 - Born Lori Fung Methorst (1963-  ) Olympic Gold medalist in Rhythmic Gymnastics
February 25, 1963 -
Died Edith Berkeley (1875-1963) world authority on the classification of marine worms & noted botanist
March 17, 1963 - Died
Jeanne Lydia Branda - Sister Marie Thomas d'Aquin (1877-1963) religious leader & poet
April 6, 1963 - Died
Thais Frémont (1886-1963) social activist
April 10, 1963 - Died Anna Judson Rossborough Mair (1889-1963) nurse
April 10, 1963 -
Died Ether Seath (1879-1963) artist
May 31, 1963 -
Died
Grace MacLennan Grant Campbell (1895-1963) award winning novelist
July 27, 1963 - Died Henrietta Hancock Britton (1873-1963) painter & teacher
August 19, 1963 - Died Kathleen Parlow (1890-1963) international violinist
December 30, 1963 - Died Isabel Constance Mary Stanley (Lady Stanley (1875-1963) daughter of Governor General Stanley & proponent of  hockey
 
1964 1964 - The province of Quebec passes a law to give wives full legal rights including having joint control with her husband over marital property and full control over her own property allowing her the right to make a contract in her own name (Statutes of Quebec 1964 c. 66 s.1)

1964 -
The Ontario Female Refugee Act, in effect since 1894, allowed an person to bring before a judge any female under the age of 21 who was considered ‘unmanageable’ or ‘incorrigible’ ( including unwed mothers) so that the individual’s fate could be determined. (i.e. that she should become committed to an institution or not) An Ontario Grand Jury was convened to investigate controversial allegations against the Ontario Mercer Reformatory for Women

1964 - Jeanne Fisher Manery (1908-1986.) is the 1st woman appointed professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto

1964 - Mary "Bonnie" Baker (1919?-2003)  member of the All American Girls Baseball League becomes the 1st female sports caster on CKRM Radio in Regina, Saskatchewan Source: Baker, Mary "Bonnie", City of Regina: 2008 www.Regina.ca (accessed September 2008)

1964-1967 - 
Pearl Steen (1893-1988)  is president of the National Council of Women

1964 - Olympic Games women are finally allowed to play team sports when women’s volleyball, considered a non contact sport, is accepted into the games

1964 - Petra Burka (1946-   ) the Canadian Champion and Bronze Medal winner at the Winter Olympic Games in figure Skating wins the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award from the Canadian Press as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the Year

Births 1964:
1964 -
Born Sherry Hawco Delanty (1964-1991) Canadian Olympian in gymnastics.
1964 -
Born Hana Zalzal (1964 -   ) award winning businesswoman
1964 -
Born Cornelia Wieman (1964-  ) Canada's 1st female aboriginal psychiatrist in 1993.
January 9, 1964 -
Born Lorie Kane (1964-    ) champion golfer.
January 31, 1964 -
Born Sylvie Bernier (1964-   ), 1st Canadian to win a medal in Olympic diving.
July 25, 1964 - Born Lisa Laflamme (1964-   ) journalist and TV broadcaster with CTV National news.
September 11, 1964 -
Born Leah Pells (1964-   ) Track and field athlete.
October 27, 1964 - Jill Hetherington - Hultquist Olympic tennis player

Deaths 1964:
1964 - Died
lice Marion Curtis (1877-1964) social activist in Home and School associations.
1964 - Died
Miriam Green Ellis (1879-1964) celebrated journalist in the Canadian prairies
1964 - Died
Mary Isabel Ross Pinkham (1878-1964) social activist and volunteer.
March 25, 1964 - Died Pearl McCarthy, (1895-1964) journalist and art critic.
April 4, 1964 - Died
Sarah Ramsland  (1882-1964) is the 1st  woman elected to the Saskatchewan legislature.
April 15, 1964 - Died
Alice Wilson (1881-1964) a paleontologist, the 1st woman elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
June 29, 1964 - Died
Laura Emma Jamieson (1883-1964) British Columbia Juvenile court judge, Vancouver alderman and Member of B.C. Legislative Assembly
August 26, 1964 -
Died
Cora Bell Ahrens (1891-1964) teacher, lecturer, and pianist
 

1965 January 1, 1965 - Status Indians gain the right to vote in Prince Edward Island & Alberta elections

February 15, 1965 -
The now familiar red maple leaf flag becomes the official national flag of Canada. It is flown for the 1st time today

March 4, 1965 - Petra Burka  (1946-   ),  wins the women's title at the world figure skating championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A. She is declared winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year by the Canadian Press for the second year in a row & winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the Year

1965 - The Ontario Federation of Labour establishes its first women’s committee, chaired by Grace Hartman, then a Vice-President of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE

1965 - Grace MacInnis (1905-1991) is the 1st woman elected to the British Columbia House of Commons.
 Source: British Columbia Federation of Labour.  http://bcfed.com/issues/women/history

1965 - Phyllis 'Pat' Grosskurth (1924-2015) is the 1st woman professor hired in the English Department of the University of Toronto
 Sources: Lisa Fitterman, ’Phyllis Grosskurth: Brilliant biographer relished a challenge’ , The Globe and Mail, August 28, 2015; Diana Hall, ‘Biographer Phyllis Grosskurth a fiery literary force ‘, The Toronto Star, August 9, 2015.

1965 - Allene Gorforth (1943-   ) becomes the 1st deaf student to graduate a university in Canada

1965 - The Government of Canada decides to continue to employ women in the Canadian Armed Forces. A ceiling of 1500 members, including women in all three services, is established. This limit represents about 1.5% of the total Canadian Armed Forces of the day Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.

1965 - Jocelyn Bourassa (1947-   ) wins the Quebec Golf Championship as well as Canadian Ladies Amateur top title as part of her national and international golfing career

Births 1965:
1965 -
Born Jane Young Cooper (1965-   ) tennis champion
1965 -
Born Beverley K. Jacobs (1965-   ) Aboriginal lawyer & social activist
1965 -
Born Bonnie Schmidt (1965-    ) scientist who is able to popularize her field for youth, Order of Canada
January 31, 1965 -
Born Ofra Harnoy (1965-   ) cellist
March 16, 1965 - Born Sarah Hunter, (1965-   ) wheelchair tennis player
March 20, 1965 - Born Mary Shaw (1965-  ) author of children's books with hockey themes
March 27, 1965 -
Born Jean Chamberlain  Froese (1965-   ) medical doctor founder of 'Save the Mothers'
April 11, 1965 -
Born Yonah Martin (1965-    ) 1st Korean Canadian Parliamentarian, appointed to the Senate.
June 7, 1965 - Born
Hélène Desmarais (1965-   ) businesswoman
June 8, 1965 -
Born Joan Elizabeth McCusker (1965 -   ) member of medal winning curling Team Schmerler
July 17, 1965 - Born Carrie Serwetnyk, (1965-    ) Award winning international soccer star.
August 7, 1965 - Born Elizabeth Manley (1965-   ) Olympic medalist in figure skating.
August 22,1965 - Born Patricia Hy-Boulais (1965-   ) Canadian champion tennis player
August 28, 1965 -
Born Shania Twain (1965-   ) country/Pop singer & song writer
September 8, 1965 -
Born Marcia Gudereit (1965-   ) medal winning team member of of Team Schmerler in Curling
November 10, 1965 -
Born Marni Abbott-Peter (1965-    ) medal winning para-athelete in Swimming & wheelchair basketball
November 27, 1965 -
Born Kathleen Heddle (1965 -   ) Gold medal Olympic rower
December 4, 1965 -
Born Theresa Breen (1965-   )  champion curler
December 6, 1965 -
Born Theresa Breen (1965-   ) champion in the sport of curling

December 12, 1965 -
Born Mina Shum (1965-  ) award winning independent film director


Deaths 1965:
1
965 -
Died Marjorie Mews (1902-1965) renowned Maritime librarian
1965 -
Died Regina Mary "Polly" Rowell Craig (1882-1965) pioneer land owner in Regina Saskatchewan
1965 -
Died Viola Desmond (1914-1965) first black woman to challenge discrimination successfully in Canada
January 21, 1965 - Born
Jackie Shymanski (1965-2016) journalist with CTV & CNN
January 27, 1965 -
Died Laurette Laroque-Auger (1906-1965) French language script writer, actor, playwright, and critic
January 31, 1965 -
Died Isabella Preston, (1881-1965) 1st professional hybridist in Canada
March 19, 1965 - Died
Violet Pooley Sweeny (1886-1965) champion west coast golfer
April 12, 1965 - Died Hilda Mary Slayter (1882-1965) survivor of the Titanic
April 23, 1965 - Died Annie Ella Higbee (1864 -1965) indomitable early Canadian woman doctor
April 28, 1965 - Died 
May Lawson (1901-1965) singer for choirs & opera in Manitoba
July 12, 1965 - Died Irene Parlby (1868-1965) one of the "Famous Five" who worked on the Persons Case 1929
September 20, 1965 - Died
Madge MacBeth (1878-1965) multimedia author with over 20 novels to her credit
November 22, 1965 - Died Edith Stewart-Murray 1900-1965) journalist on the Canadian west coast
November 24, 1965 - Died
Born Marcelle Barthe (1904-1965) 1st bilingual woman announcer hired by CBC Radio
 

1966 1966 - The declaration of Elimination Discrimination Against Women is adopted by the United Nations.

1966 -
Limited career choices sees the number of women in the Canadian military drop to 900 members in the regular services. .
Source: Women in the Military. The Canadian Encyclopedia Online http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com

1966 -
The Ontario provincial government passes legislation for universal Health Care.

1966 -
The Government of British Columbia passes the Maternity Protection Act giving women rights to maternity leave

May 3, 1966 -
Representative of 32 different women's groups forms the Committee for the Equality of Women in Canada. It is to lobby the federal government. for a Royal Commission on the Status of Women

1966 - Jessie Gray
(   - 1978) is the 1st woman elected to the Science Council of Canada.

May 25, 1966 - Irene Parlby (1868-1965) is declared an National Historic Person

June 6, 1966 - The Presbyterian Church of Canada agrees to the ordination of women as elders and ministers.

1966 - The Canadian government establishes the Canada Pension Plan which is payable to eligible persons dependant on earning paid to all Canadians over 65 years of age.

1966 -  There are only 530 women enlisted in the RCAF Source: A Brief History. RCAF Women. www.rcafwomen.ca

1966 -
The Osler School of Nursing is established at Weston Hospital, Toronto. In 1980 is becomes West Park Hospital & in 2000 it became West Park Healthcare Centre

1966 - Dr Marion Powell 
(    -1997), helps launch the 1rst municipally funded birth control clinic in the country.

1966 - Jean Sutherland Boggs (1922-2014) is appointed as Director of the National Gallery of Canada and becomes the 1st woman in the world to head up a national art gallery.
Source Canada Women's Foundation. History of the women's movement: selected moments of importance in the history of Canadian women , 2004 http://cdnwomen.org.

1966 - Jean Edmonds (1921- ) is  the 1st woman executive in the federal government as an executive director with the Department of Manpower and Immigration

1966 - Marjorie Bowker (1906-2006) is appointed Alberta's 1st woman Family Court Judge

1966 - Elaine Tanner-Watts
(1951-  ) at 15 becomes Canada's outstanding athlete of the year, the youngest person to ever receive this Lou Marsh Trophy. She also won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete


1966 - A federal government committee considers amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada on abortion. It is estimated that 35,000 to 120,000 illegal abortions are performed each year Source : A History of Abortion in Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)

Births 1966:
1966 -
Born
Marie E. Tracey O'Donnell (1966-   ) 1st Aboriginal woman elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada
May 12, 1966 -
Born Anne Ottenbrite (1966-  ), the 1st Canadian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming
May 21, 1966 - Born Lori-Ann Muenzer ( 1966-   ) Gold medal Olympic athlete in Cycling, businesswoman & author
May 31, 1966 - Born Jessica Monroe-Gonin (1966-   ) medal winning Olympic rower
June 1966 -
Born Linda Hasenfratz (1966-   ) 1st woman to be Canada's EY Entrepreneur of the year.
September 9, 1966 -
Born Alison Sydor (1966-  ) world champion mountain biker
September 21, 1966 - Born Kerrin Lee-Gartner (1966-   ), Olympic gold medalist in downhill skiing


Deaths 1966:
1966 -
Died
Dr. Rowena Grace Douglas Hume (1877-1966) indomitable woman doctor
January 6, 1966-
Died Yvonne Millicent Firkins (  - 1966) theatre producer & director
January 27, 1966 -
Died
Elizabeth Wyn Wood (1903-1966) sculptor who left a legacy of statues & fountains in municipalities across Canada
February 1966 - Died Ellen Neel (1916-1966) carver of totem poles
May 1966 - Died Victoria Chung (Cheung) (1897-1966) Canadian medical doctor who helped modernize medicine in China  
June 5, 1966 -
Died Dorothy Stevens (1888-1966) portrait & figure painter
November 14, 1966 - Died
Jeanne St Laurent (1886-1966) wife of Prime Minister Louis St Laurent (1882-1973)
December 6, 1966 - Died Yoshiko Kasahara (1912-1966) noted population statistician
 

1967 January 1, 1967 - The Equal Rights for Indian Women Association is created by Mary Two-Axe Early (1911-1966)

February 16, 1967 - the Royal Commission on the Status of Women is created . The commission would produce a report with 167 recommendations relating to such issues as birth control, family law equal pay and maternity leave

1967 -
Marianne Linnell
(1914-1990) is the only woman member on Canada's Centennial Committee
Source: The Vancouver Hall of Fame online (Accessed November 2012)

1967 - The United Nations adopts the Declaration of Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

1967 -
Canada's Secretary of State Judy LaMarsh (1924-1980) presides over Canada's Centennial events with great flair

April 25, 1967 -
The Canadian Armed Forces unites the army, air force and navy

April 27, 1967 - Expo '67 opens in Montreal

July 1, 1967 - Canada Centennial of Confederation is celebrated
                    - The Order of Canada is established

1967 - Mary Elizabeth Kinnear (1898-1991) is appointed to the Senate of Canada. She retires from the senate in 1973
Source: Obituary, New York Times, December 28, 1991. ; Senate of Canada Biographies Online (accessed July 2014)

1967 - Women who married while they were employed by the New Brunswick provincial government lost their jobs; some married women could be hired as casuals but not as permanent employees. Women had to be separated or divorced or married to an unemployable man before they could be considered for permanent employment. This was a common practice among employers. Note that men who married often received a bonus from their employer Source:  New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Celebrating Achievers; Behind Every Successful Woman Are All the Women Who Came Before Her., September 2002. Online (accessed January 2016)

September 9, 1967 - Mary Walker Sawka (1916-   ) member of the Progressive Conservative party, is the 1st woman to run for party leadership, she won 2 votes

September 11, 1967 - Jean Gordon
(1918-2008) becomes the 1st woman elected to the Yukon Territorial Council

October 23, 1967 - Brenda Robertson (1929-   ) is the 1st woman elected to the New Brunswick legislature

1967 -
The village of Tweed, Ontario, is the 1st in Canada to have an all women municipal council


1967 - Elaine Tanner-Watts
(1951-   ) is the 1st Canadian woman to win 2 gold and 3 silver medals in swimming at the Pan-American Games


1967 - Joni Mitchel (1943-   ) releases her 1st album Song to a seagull

1967 - The Canadian TV show, Mr. Dressup is aired for the 1st time. Generations of children will grow up watching this show Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.

1967 - Nancy Greene (1943-   ) wins
the 1st woman’s season championship in the World Cup of ski racing. She wins the final race of the season by seven-hundredths of a second. The Canadian Press votes her winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the Year & the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the Year

1967 - The 1st
 Dominion Ladies Hockey Tournament is held in Brampton, Ontario, with 22 teams and players ranging in age from 9 to 50 competing Sources: www.femalehockey.ca : A history of Women's Hockey for Dummies. On line accessed January 2013.

1967 -
Canada's Women's Basketball team wins is 1st medal, a bronze

1967 - Pat Messner (1954-   ) earns the Ontario Centennial Sports Achievement Award. Pat is an Nation, international and Olympic medalist in water skiing


Births 1967:
1967 - Born - Julia S. Shin Dol (1967-   ) lawyer & co-founder of the Korean Canadian Lawyers association
1967 - Born ManJusha R. Pawagi (1967 -   ) journalist, Lawyer & author of children's books
January 4, 1967 - Born Marina Orsini (1967-   ) actor of radio, TV, film & stage
January 27, 1967 - Born Susan Aglukark (1967-   )  renowned Canadian entertainer
January 31, 1967 - Born Shauna Rolston ( 1967-   ) internationally known cello player
February 13, 1967 - Kate Pace Lindsay (1967-   )
competed internationally with the Federation International du ski (FIS) World Cup circuit
February 19 1967 - Born Natalie Bondil (1967-   ) award winning museum curator
February 20 , 1967-
Born Theresa Anne Luke (1967-   ) medal winner & member Canadian Olympic rowing team in the 1990"s.
May 27, 1967 - Born Tracey Wainman (1967-  ) champion figure skater
July 1, 1967-
Born Pamela Anderson (1967-   ) actor
July 12, 1967 - Born Tonya Lee Williams (1967-   ) award winning actor
October 9, 1967- Born Carling Bassett-Seguso (1967-   ) award winning tennis player
December 29, 1967 - Born Ashleigh Banfield (1967-  ) Emmy winning news anchor

Deaths 1967:
1967 -
Died
Donalda Charron (1886-1967) early women's union leader
1967 -
Died Eudoxia Sorochan Shewchuk (  -1967) Ukrainian - Canadian pioneer
1967 -
Died Geraldine Bertram Wright  (   -1967) 3rd woman called to the Bar in Ontario 1907
1967 -
Died
Florence Harvey (1878-1968) member of Canada's Golf Hall of Fame
April 30, 1967 - Died Gladys Muriel Porter (1894-1967) 1st woman elected to the Nova Scotia Provincial Legislature

May 11, 1967 -
Died Margaret McTavish Konantz (1899-1967) International welfare organizer
June 15, 1967- Died Ellen Harris ( 1904-1967) prominent west coast broadcast journalist
July 27, 1967 -
Died Mildred Valley Thornton (1890-1967) an artist who captured Canadian Native life on the prairies & the west coast
September 6, 1967 - Died Katherine Pinkerton (1887-1967) author of books about wilderness living in Northern Ontario
September 19, 1967
- Died Monica Proiette (1940-1967) 'Machine Gun Molly '
 

1968 1968 - The Olympic Committee conducts gender tests for the first time in internationals sports at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France Source www.womenwarriors.ca timeline.

February 17, 1968
- Nancy Greene
(1943-   ) wins  gold medal in the giant slalom at the the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France.

March 26, 1968 - Nancy Greene (1943-   ) world winning skier announces her retirement from competition. The Canadian Press votes her winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year & the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row

1968 - Sandra Post
(1948-   )  beats Kathy Whitworth by seven strokes in a playoff to become the first non-US player and rookie to win the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Championship. Source www.womenwarriors.ca timeline


1968 - The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) is conceived and was incorporated as a voluntary non-profit organization in 1978. By 2000 there are 22 member societies across Canada.

1968 -
Canadian divorce laws are reformed allowing for divorce on the basis of marital breakdown as well as for adultery and mental or physical cruelty.

1968 - The Royal Commission on the Status of Women begins.

1968 - Elaine Tanner-Watts (1951-  ) becomes the 1st Canadian women to win an Olympic Medal in swimming bringing home two silver and one Bronze medal.
Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia. - online.  Information provided by Thomas Brandenberg.: aquestbeyondgold.ca The Elaine Tanner-Watt website (Accessed January 2013)

1968 - Bea Irwin, previously a partner in her husbands toy business, takes over the business when her husband dies. Source: I Know that name: the people behind Canada's Best known Band Names...by Mark Kearney and Randy Ray (Toronto, Hounslow Book, 2002.

1968 - Michaelle Jean, (1957-  ),a future Governor General of Canada, emigrates to Canada with her family from Haiti Source: web pages of the Governor General of Canada. www.gg.ca (accessed March 2007) .

1968 - The Chargex credit Card (later renamed VISA) in now available in Canada. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 19.

Births 1968:
1968 -
Born Shelley Gauthier (1968-   ) 1st woman tricycle (T1) rider on international para Cycling scene
1968 -
Born Qui Xai Her (1968-   ) musician
1968 -
Born Isabella Pain (1968-   ) Inuit mediator
January 28, 1968 - Born Marnie McBean  (1968-   ) medal winning rower
January 28, 1968 - Born Sarah McLachlin  (1968-   ) a singer whose songs convey a passionate honesty
March 14, 1968 - Born Megan Fallows  (1968-   ) TV and movie actor
March 26, 1968 - Born Jennifer Kristen Barnes (1968-   ) medal winning Olympic rower
March 30, 1968 -
Born Céline Dion, international singing star
August 5, 1968 - Born Terri Clark  (1968-   ) award winning country singer
September 1, 1968 - Born Michelle Buckingham (1968-   ) medal winning Judo champion

Deaths 1968:
1968 -
Died Julia Crawford (1896-1968) artist & teacher.
1968 -
Died Gladys Elizabeth Matheson Crim (1892-1968) respected nurse on Canadian prairies.
1968 -
Died
Nellie Langford Rowell (1874-1968)  social activist & philanthropist.
1968 -
Born Wendy Sloboda (1968 -  ) paleontologist.
1968 -
Died
Mary Barrett Speechly (1873-1968) social activist & member Women's Institutes.
January 9, 1968 -
Died Kathleen May Redman Strange (1896-1968) author
January 13, 1968 - Died Jocelyne Binet (1923-1968) composer, pianist & teacher.

January 14, 1968 -
Died Florence Wyle (1881-1968) a sculptor who made several Canadian War Memorials and is represented in numerous art galleries.
February 3, 1968 - Died
Margaret MacDonald (1910-1968) Member of Parliament who filled the seat of her  husband.
February 5, 1968 - Died Frances Loring (1887-1968) artist and sculptor, co-founder of the Sculptors Society of Canada.
March 9, 1968 - Died Kathleen Wilhelmina Ellis (1887-1968) nurse & nursing author.

March 22, 1968 -
Died Margaret Iris Duley (1895-1968) author, first woman of Newfoundland to be recognized outside her home province.

August 9, 1968 - Died Dr. Norma Ford Walker (1893-1968) well known medical researcher of childhood diseases.
August 11, 1968 - Died
Isabelle Atkinson (1891-1968) feminist, journalist President of the Canadian Consumers Association.
August 21, 1968 - Died Germaine Gévremont (1900-1968) journalist & award winning author.
September 2, 1968 - Died Ethel Johns, (1879-1968) nurse, teacher & administrator.
October 18, 1968 - Died Elizabeth "Betsey" Flaherty (1881?-1968) pioneer woman pilot
December 26, 1968 - Died Maryon Elspeth Pearson (1901-1968) wife of Lester Bowels Pearson (1897-1972) winner Nobel Peace Prize & Prime Minister of Canada.
 

1969 January 1, 1969 - Status Indians gain the right to vote in Quebec elections

1969 -
The Federal government amends the Criminal Code of Canada so that it is no longer an offence to disseminate information on birth control. Also the same sex sexual acts between consenting adults are no longer criminal

1969 -
36% of the students attending undergraduate studies at university are women
Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)

May 1969 -
Toronto Police Commission Chairman, C.O. Bick states that, although there is no rule, he feels that "The woman's place is in the home with her child.". A woman is refused employment on the grounds that she has young children.
Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.

1969 - Dorothy Lidstone
(1938-  ) is 1st Canadian to win a World Target Archery Championships in Valley Forge, U.S.A. Source: Federation of Canadian Archers.

August 9, 1969 - The Government of Saskatchewan names four small islands in the North Saskatchewan River, near North Battleford, for Onésime Dorval (1845-1932) the 1st certified teacher in Red River territory.
Source: Dorval, Onésime (1845-1932) Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Online (Accessed May 2014)

1969 - Canadian Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Union is formed to oversee events & sanction national championships. This group merged with the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union in 1978

September 1969 - Pedestal, one of Canada's 1st feminist periodicals is published as the voice of the Vancouver Women's Caucus that was known for starting the Abortion Caravan that closed down the Canadian Parliament. The publication ceased in 1974 and was resurrected for one more year in 1975

November 28, 1969 - 200 women march in Montreal against a ban on public protests. 165 women are arrested


December 1, 1969 -
The Quebec Women's Liberation Front is established as a result of the November 28 women's protest & arrests

1969 - Debbie Brill
(1953-    ) is the 1st North American woman to clear 6' in the high jump
Source: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed March 2014)

1969 - Beverly Boys (1951-   ) Canadian champion & winner of the English diving championships is voted by the Canadian Press winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the Year

1969 - Margaret Atwood (1939-   ) publishes her 1st novel Edible woman

1969 -
Access to abortion is applied unevenly and often unfairly across the country. Women can wait an average of 8 weeks for an abortion. Some provinces refuse to provide any abortion services at all and abortion is largely unavailable to women outside major cities Source : A History of abortion in Canada. http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)

1969 - The Ontario Mercer Reformatory for Girls, originally opened in 1872 is closed after controversial allegations of torture, beatings and experimental drugs and medical procedures were investigated

Births 1969:
1969 -
Born Leanne Allison (1969-  ) social activist, filmmaker, & environmentalist
January 19, 1969 - Born Angela Cutrone (1969-   ) Olympic medalist in speed skating
March 12, 1969 - Born Karen Marie Connelly (1969-   ) author & poet
March 20, 1969 -
Born Caroline Brunet (1969-  ),champion in kayak and one of Canada outstanding Female Athletes of the Year
March 30, 1969 - Born Susan Juby(1969-  ), author
May 11, 1969 -
Born Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016) award winning Inuit artist
August 3, 1969 -
Born Anne Marie Loder (1969-  ) accomplished TV and movie actor
August 6, 1969 - Born Kristyn Dunnion (1969 -  ) author of books for young readers
August 21, 1969 - Born Josée Chouinard(1969-  ) champion Canadian figure skater
November 7, 1969 - Born Tanya Dubincoff (1969-    )1st Canadian woman to be World Champion in track cycling

Deaths 1969:
1969 -
Died Elizabeth Rebecca Laird (1874-1969), a
 Physics teacher & college administrator. who after she retired she became a researcher
May 5, 1969 - Died
Sara Corning (1872-1969) a nurse and heroine who save 5000 Armenian children in 1922 
July 23, 1969 - Died
Ada Jane Fairlina Kent (1888-1969) musician and composer
November 4, 1969 -
Died Violet Alice Dryvynsyde (1888-1969) An educator who opened her own school and published books

November 19, 1969 -
Died Vera Cryderman (1897-1969) an artist who worked in several medium helped establish Visual Arts in college
December 21, 1969 - Died Ellen Ballon (1898-1969) child prodigy and internationally renowned pianist
 

   

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