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

This timeline is not all inclusive.

If you wish more information on the women listed in this timeline be sure and check their names in the pages On the Job.

LAST UPDATED  July 2017

DATES

EVENTS

1900
 
January 15, 1900  - The 1st chapter of The Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE) is founded in Fredericton, New Brunswick by Margaret Polson Murray (1844-1927). The membership volunteer their time to improve the quality of life for children, youth and those in need, through education, social service and citizenship programs.

1900 - The Married Women’s Property Act of Canada makes a wife responsible for her own property, wages, profits, etc. She is also jointly responsible for the support of her children.

1900 - Adelaide Hoodless
(1857-1910) founds the Ontario Normal School of Domestic Science and Art, Hamilton, Ontario.

1900 - Sarah Mallabar/Malabar
opens her costume business in Winnipeg, Manitoba. By the 1950's it is one of the largest costume houses in Canada.

1900 -
The Toronto Young Women's Christian Association (YMCA) holds its 1st classes for typists. Source: Jean Bannerman, Leading Ladies of Canada (Belleville, Mika Publishing, 1977);

1900 -
The only work providing a pension for women is teaching. Source: The Timechart history of Canada by Meredith Macardle (2004)

1900 - Montreal hospitals refuse to allow women to practice medicine. Source: The Timechart history of Canada by Meredith Macardle (2004)

January  1900 - A male colleague delivers a research paper by Dr. Maude Abbott (1868-1940) before the Pathological Society in London. It was the 1st time a paper by a woman has been presented at the Society. Source: 100 Canadian women : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forster Toronto, Dundurn Press, 2004 pg 21.


1900 - Royal Daughter’s of the Empire is founded as a philanthropic group

1900 - Josephine Dandurand (1862-1925) produces "two systems of art" which proposes government funding for the arts is half century before the Canada Council of the Arts is organized. The government does not listen. Source: Important Moments in Canadian Art History compiled by Dr. Robert J. Belton,  University of British Columbia, Okanagan Creative Projects http://ubc.ca/okanagan/creative/links/timeline (accessed February 2006)

1900 -
The 1st known organized women's hockey league is set up in Quebec. Three teams compete and spectators are allowed to watch. Source: Women's Hockey - History of Hockey - http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/hockey... accessed June 2011.

1900 - Eaton's catalogue presents its Eaton's Beauty Doll made by Armand Marseille of Germany. Source: Timeline of the History of Dolls in Canada, Dawn Monroe 1992.

1900 - Sugar is spun into cotton Candy. Barbapappa!
Source: Culinary Journey. Submitted to Famous Canadian Women by Michelle de cevito, Cochrane, Ontario

Births 1900 :
1900
- Born Germaine Gévremont (1900-1968) journalist & award winning author.
1900 - Born Grace Armstrong Hartman (1900-1998) Sudbury City Councilor 1950-1967.
1900 -
Born Frances Emily Lynch (1900-1962) one of the 1st Roman Catholic women lawyers in Ontario.
1900 -
Born Marie McIntyre (1900-1938) The 1st Ukrainian-Canadian woman to become a pharmacist.
1900 -
Born  
Violet Pooley Sweeny (1886-1965) champion west coast golfer.
1900 - Born Georgette Vachon (1900-1987) author

January 1900 - Born Sarah Gotlieb (1900 - ??) social activist
February 11, 1900 -
Born Mary Gannan (1900-1975) author of the Just Mary and Maggie Muggins books for young people.
March 18, 1900 -
Born Marion Elder Grant (1900-1989) psychologist, President of the Federation of University Women.
April 9, 1900 -
Born Irene Baird-Grierson (1900-1981) novelist
June 9, 1900 -
Born  Dorothy Somerset (1900-1991) theatre director.
June 28, 1900  -
Born Margaret Ruth Bagnall (1900-1994)  writer & historian who painted local scenes for the provincial centennial.
August 10, 1900 -
Born Norma Shearer (1900-1983) movie star & Academy Award best actress.
August 23, 1900  - Born Frances Marr Adaskin (1900-2001) pianist.
August 25, 1901 - Born Luella Saunders Creighton (1901-1966) writer of historic novels.
September 16, 1900 - Born Sister Ethelberta (1900-1988) brought her religious order to Canada & hospital administrator.
September 17, 1900 - Born Martha Ostenso (1900-1963) social worker & author.
October 22, 1900 -
Born Elizabeth Dafoe (1900-1960) librarian
October 29, 1900 - Born Evelyn 'Eve" Dunn (1900-1994) prairie artist.

Deaths 1900:
September 23, 1900 -
Died Ellen Agnes Bilbrough-Wallace (1841-1900) manager of Marchmont Home, Belleville
December 5, 1900 - Died
Evelyn Durand (1870-1900) poet.
 
1901 1901 - DR. Helen MacMurchy (1862-1953) is the 1st woman doctor to intern with the Toronto General Hospital.

1901 -
The average Canadian women will give birth to 4.6 children in their lifetime. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.

1901 - The 1st Canadian Ladies Amateur Golf Tournament, held at the Royal Montreal Golf Club, is sanctioned by the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

April 29, 1901 - It is announced that Empire Day will become Victoria Day in honor of the late Queen Victoria (1819-1901). (celebrated May 24)

October 24, 1901 - Former school teacher, Annie Taylor (1838-1921) becomes the 1st person in Canada to survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

1901 - The national federation of the Independent Order of the Daughters of the Empire (I.O.D.E.) is incorporated with headquarters in Toronto.

1901 -
The Canadian Nursing Service of the Canadian military is formed and women become part of the regular service rather than an ad hoc group. Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia. Women in the Military. Http: www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com

1901 - Josephine Dandurand
(1862-1925) publishes Two Systems of Art which proposes government funding for the arts a full half century before the Canada Council is organized. Her proposal is not successful. Source: Important Moments in Canadian Art compiled by Dr, Robert J. Belton .

1901 - Sara Anne McLagan
(1855-1924) takes over as editor of their newspaper when her husband died. She is the 1st Canadian woman newspaper editor. .  Source: “Sara Anne McLagan” by Linda Hale, Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Online (Accessed December 2012)

1901 - Canada's Fruit Mark Act provides the 1st schedule for graded foods. Source: Culinary Journey. Submitted to Famous Canadian Women by Michelle de cevito, Cochrane, Ontario

1901 -
It becomes law in British Columbia that women have the right to support from her husband if she is deserted and did not allow her custody of their children. Source: Janet Ray, Towards Women’s Rights, Toronto, Grolier Ltd, 1981.  

1901 - Female teachers in the city of Toronto earned $250.00 to $675.00 per year while male teachers earned $600.00 to $900.00 per year. Source: Janet Ray, Towards Women’s Rights, Toronto, Grolier Ltd, 1981.  


Births 1901:

1901 - Born Mary Margaret "Margery" Brooker (1901-1955) In 1941 the 1st woman appointed School Inspector for the Virden District , Manitoba, the 1st Canadian women to hold such a position.

1901 -
Born Bessie Portigal Buchwald (1901-1989) early Canadian Zionist.
1901? -
Born Margaret Paton Hyndman (1901?-1991) 1st Toronto woman to be appointed King's Council & 2nd in the British Empire.

1901 -
Born Helen Kalvak (1901-1984) Inuit artist who helped found the Holman Eskimo Co-operative.
1901 -
Born Marjorie Elliott Wilkins Campbell (1901-1986) author of historical fiction and biographer.
February 17, 1901 - Born Mona Parsons (1901-1976) used her home in the Netherlands a a refuge for escaping allied airmen until she was captured by the Germans.
March 4, 1901 - Born Simone Routier (1901-1987) poet.
March 29, 1901 -
Born May Lawson (1901-1965) singer for choirs & opera in Manitoba
April 19, 1901 - Born Gertrude 'True' Davidson (1901-1978) teacher, writer and municipal politician.
July 30, 1901
- Born Mary Belle Barclay (1901-2000) co-founder of Hostelling in North America.
September 15, 1901 - Born Gweneth Lloyd (1901-1993) renowned choreographer
December 3, 1901 - Born Maryon Elspeth Pearson (1901-1968) wife of Lester B. Pearson (1897-1972)  Prime Minister of Canada.
December 22, 1902 - Born Evelyn Sybil Mary Eaton (1902-1983) poet

Deaths 1901:
July 10, 1901 - Died Annie Gregg Savigny (? -1901) author.
September 4, 1901 - Died Minnie Sophia Prat (1868- 1901) book binder

 

1902 June 12, 1902 - The Hague adopts the Guardianship Convention an early attempt at international law concerning the custody of minor children. It was the start of a century of change for women.

1902 - The 1st Canadian  course in Household Science is given at the University of Toronto at the Lillian Massey School of Household Science and Art. The methods used at this school were soon picked up at Canadian Universities coast to coast. Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Online (Accessed January 2013)

1902 - The Women's Art Association of Montreal opens a shop to sell crafted items.
Source: Important Moments in Canadian Art History compiled by Dr. Robert J. Belton,  University of British Columbia, Okanagan Creative Projects http://ubc.ca/okanagan/creative/links/timeline (accessed February 2006)

1902 -
The Royal Bank of Canada hires their 1st woman, Jennie Moore, from Vancouver, British Columbia. (Source http:// RBC.com/responsibility/accessed January 19, 2008.)

1902 - Eva Maude Powley (1875- ? ) is the 2nd woman in Ontario called to the bar to practice Law. . Source; Diversifying the bar: Law Society of Upper Canada. Online accessed January 2013.

Births 1902:
1902 -
Born Sylvia Daoust (1902-2004) sculptor & wood carver.
1902 -
Born Susan Gertrude Jasper (1902-2000) social activist.
1902 -
Born Marjorie Mews (1902-1965) renowned Maritime librarian.
1902 -
Born Nan Shipley (1902-1990) author
January 5, 1902 -
Born Myrtle Alice Cook (1902-1985) an excellent all round athlete  member of the 1stt woman's team in the Olympic Games in 1928.
April 14, 1902 - Born Olive Evangeline Diefenbaker (1902-1976) 1st wife of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.(1895-1979)  
April 20,1902 - Born Elizabeth Goudie (1902-1982) a writer, she recorded the 1st history of family life in the wilds of Labrador.
June 16, 1902 - Born Audrey Mildred Griffin Kieran (1902- ? ) award winning long distance swimmer
June 17, 1902 -
Born Marion Hilliard (1902-1958) medical doctor who helped develop a simplified Pap test.
June 18, 1902 - Born Sophie Crestohl (1902-2002) a social worker who after World War 11
work involved Liaison with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and the International Refugee Organization
October 22, 1902 - Born Elsie Catherine Barclay (1902-1985) co-founder of Hostelling in North America.
December 22, 1902 - Born Evelyn Sybil Mary Eaton (1902-1983) poet

Deaths 1902:
January 19, 1902 - Died Ester Pariseau, Mother Joseph (1823-1902) member of Sisters of Charity & pioneer of the northwest coast of North America.
 

1903 1903 - Emma Baker (1856-1943) is the 1st  woman to receive a Ph.D. from a Canadian University at the University of Toronto.

1903 - A women's curling team from Quebec City defeats a visiting men's curling team from the Royal Caledonia Curling Club in Scotland. Source: www.womenwarriors.ca timeline (Accessed June 2005)

1903 - Georgina Fane Pope (1862-1938) is the 1st Canadian to receive the Royal Red Cross for conspicuous service in the field.

1903 - Emma Sophia Baker
(1856-1943) is the 1st woman to graduate from University of Toronto with a degree in Philosophy ( she was a psychologist and this subject was covered by a degree in Philosophy at this time.) Source: Connie SmirleL2012)  Emma Sophia Baker In A. Rutherford (Ed.), Psychology's Feminist Voices Multimedia Internet Archive. Retrieved from http://www.feministvoices.com Online (Accessed August 2014)

1903 - Irma LeVasseur
(1878-1903) becomes the 1st  woman doctor in the Province of Quebec.

December 3, 1903 - Mary Pickford
(1872-1979) makes her debut on Broadway in New York City.

1903 - Canned Tuna 1st appears on grocer's shelves for the consumers to enjoy. Sorry Charlie! Source: Culinary Journey. Submitted to Famous Canadian Women by Michelle de cevito, Cochrane, Ontario

Births 1903:
1903 -
Born Phyllis Gregory Ross Turner (1903-1988) politician & public servant, mother of John Turner (1929-   ) 17th Canadian Prime Minister.
1903 -
Born Marguerite Michaud (1903-1982)1st Acadian woman to graduate from university.
1903 -
Born Winnifred Blair Drummie (1903-1983) 1st Miss Canada.
1903 -
Born Dorothy Duncan (1903-1957) author
1903 - Born Isabelle Cohen Ketchum Percival (19031998) businesswoman
February 3, 1903 -
Born Frances Adaskin (1903-1988) award winning singer who championed the works of Canadian composers.
April 23, 1903 - Born Viola R. Macmillan (1903-1993) prospector who found gold in Timmins area.
July 20, 1903 - Born Sally Kathleen Creighton (1903-1982) writer & journalist.
August 31, 1903 - Born Helen Irene Battle (1903-1994) one of the outstanding women of science in Canada.
October 8, 1903 - Born Elizabeth Wyn Wood (1903-1966) well known sculptor who has left a legacy of statues & fountains in municipalities across Canada.
October 10,1903 - Born Isabel McLaughlin (1903-2002) early modernist painter.
December 22, 1903 - Born Magda Arnold (1903-2002) psychologist.


Deaths 1903:
1903 -
Died
Elizabeth Chandler McDougall (1818-1903) pioneer of the Canadian North West
April 5, 1903 - Died Mary Anne Sadlier (1820-1903) prolific author.
April 30, 1903 -
Died Emily Stowe (1831-1903)  the 1st Canadian woman to practice medicine in Canada.
 
1904 June 1904 - The Canadian Women's Press Club  (CWPC) is formed during a CPR (Canadian Pacific Railroad) sponsored trip with 16 Canadian women journalists to cover the St. Louis World's Fair.

1904 - Elizabeth Scott Matheson
(1866-1958) becomes the 1st registered woman doctor in what was then the Canadian North West Territories.
Sources: The Indomitable Lady Doctors by Carlotta Hacker, 1974. : The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Online (Accessed May 2014)

1904 - Male members of the Montreal Bookbinders Union strike to force employers to fire women already employed in the industry.

November 7, 1904 -
a committee is formed in the province of Quebec to set up a school of Household Sciences in Montreal, to professionalize domestic work and promote public health. The committee sent Jeanne Anctil (1875-1926) and Antoinette Géin-Lajoie to Europe for studies to teach household sciences. . Source: Dictionary of Canadian Biography Toronto; University of Toronto/Laval Université, 2005 vol. 15 1921-1930 p. 21-24.

1904 - Eaton's Department Stores opens a store in Winnipeg, Manitoba and introduces it's western Canada catalogue.

1904 -
The St. Louis World's Fair introduces the world to burgers on a bun, Ice cream cones, iced tea, and peanut butter!
Source: Culinary Journey. Submitted to Famous Canadian Women by Michelle de cevito, Cochrane, Ontario

1904 -
The tea bag is invented.
Source: Culinary Journey. Submitted to Famous Canadian Women by Michelle de cevito, Cochrane, Ontario

Births 1904:
1904 -
Born Katherine Lucy Ball (1904-1991) librarian & professor at the University of Toronto.
1904 -
Born Ellen Harris (1904-1967) prominent west coast broadcast journalist.
1904 -
Born
Adèle de Guerry Languedoc (1904-1993) accomplished librarian & Associate National Librarian of Canada.
1904 - Born
Elizabeth 'Bette' Storin (1904-2005) children's author & journalist.
January 1, 1904 -
Born Ethel Ostry (1904-1976) social activist & volunteer provincially, nationally & with the United Nations.
January 4, 1904 -
Born Pegi Nicol MacLeod (1904-1949) an artist among the 1st wave of Canadian modernism.
January 7, 1904 - Born
Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman (1904-1994) social activist
January 22, 1904 - Born Peggy Seller (1905-1996) is remembered best for writing the rules of synchronized swimming.
February 19, 1904 - Born Hilda Neatby (1904-1975) historian, author, educator & critic of the Canadian education system.
March 21, 1904 - Born Jehane Benoit (1904-1987) renowned chef & author, & an officer in the Order of Canada.
April 16, 1904 - Born  Fifi D'Orsay (1904-1983) Vaudeville performer & early movie actress known as the 'French Bombshell'.
June 23, 1904 - Died Mary Livingstone (born Sadie Marks 1904-1983) radio and TV comedienne, wife of comedian Jack Benny.
July 24, 1904 - Born Dorothy Goldman (1904-1996) social activist.
August 4, 1904 - Born Dora Jean Darling (1904-????) champion golfer.
October 9, 1904 -
Born Mary Peck (1904-1992) founder of the Canadian Arthritis Society.
November 9, 1904 - Born Lillian Beatrice Allen (1904-1985) artist & teacher.

November 21, 1904 - Died Jane Buchan (1837-1904) social activist.

December 8, 1904 - Born Ruth McKenzie (1904- ?  ) librarian, journalist & historian.
December 27, 1904 -
Born Mary Evangeline Percy Jackson (1904-2000) pioneering medical doctor on the prairies.
 

1905 1905 - Saskatchewan and Alberta join the Dominion of Canada.

1905 - Dr. Maud Abbott (1869-1940) is asked by Dr. William Osler (1849-1919) to write a chapter on congenital heart disease in his forthcoming medical textbook. Source: 100 Canadian women : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forster Toronto, Dundurn Press, 2004 pg. 21.

January 1, 1905 - 14 year old Canadian Kathleen Parlow (1890-1963) arrives in England to perform with the London Symphony Orchestra, a beginning of an international violinist career.

April 4, 1905 -
The Berlin, (now Kitchener) Ontario Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) is founded by a group of women who want to serve the women of their community. Source: YWCA 1905-1995 http://www.operation-dialogue.com/e/rc/h_women.html  (Accessed May 20, 2005)

June 27, 1905 - Mina Hubbard (1870-1956) sets off in her deceased husband's footsteps to complete his fateful exploration and mapping  parts of Labrador.

1905 - The Ontario Medical College for Women (1895-1905) closes when the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine allows for women students.
Source: A history of Women's College http://sunnbrookandwomens.on.ca (Accessed February 2006)

1905 - The Canadian Association of Nurses is formed.

1905 - Georgina Binnie-Clark (1871-1947) is forced to purchase farm land in Saskatchewan as women are not entitled to free land offered by the federal government.
Sources: Encyclopedia of the Great Plains online (Accessed November 2012) : 100 more Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster (Dundurn,
2011)

December 2, 1905 - the  Eaton's Department Stores sponsor the 1st Santa Clause Parade in Toronto. Santa, in a horse drawn sleigh, is followed through the streets of Toronto to the Eaton's Store.

Births 1905:
1905? -
Born Helen Grossman (1905?-1988) one of the early Jewish women lawyers in Canada.
1905 -
Born Ida Manning Armstrong (1905-1982) physician & sportswoman.
1905 -
Born Elinor Francis Elizabeth Black (1905-1982)
in 1938,1st Canadian woman member of the British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
1905 - Born Norah Louise Hughes (1905-1989) 1st woman to be head of a Conference in the United Church of Canada.
1905 -
Born
Anna Judson Rossborough Mair (1889-1963) a recognized nurse.
1905 -
Born Lotta Dempsey (1905-1988) well known journalist who had a column in the Toronto Star. She loved large hats.
January 28, 1905 -
Born Ellen Louks Fairclough (1905-2004) Hamilton, Ontario is 1st woman to be appointed to the federal Canadian cabinet.
March 27, 1905 - Born Elsie Gregory McGill (1905-1980) Canada's 1st woman graduate in electrical engineering & the 1st to design aircraft.
April 11, 1905 - Born Bernice R. Brown (1905-1971) social activist in Prince Edward Island.
July 8, 1905 - Born Elizabeth Allin (1905-1993) the 1st woman appointed in physics at the University of Toronto.
July 20, 1905 -
Born Doris Priscilla Muncey Haslam (1905- ?? ) local historian in Prince Edward Island.
July 25, 1905 -
Born Grace MacInnis (1905-1991) social activist & politician.
August 11, 1905 -
Born Helen Battles Hogg-Priestley(1905-1993) award winning astronomer & the 1st Canadian to have a minor planet named for her.
September 7, 1905 -
Born Kathleen Coburn (1905-1991) professor at Victoria College editor & Order of Canada.
November 24, 1905 - Born Ruth Matheson Buck (1905-2009) historian & biographer

Deaths 1905:
1905 -
Died Lydia Campbell (1818-1905) diarist of life & lore of 19th century Labrador.
1905 -
Died
Sadie O. Prince (1861-1905) poet.
1905 - Died Abigail Becker Rohrer (1830-1905) heroine who helped save lives of crew member of the schooner, Conductor,
1905 - Died
Mildred Ware (1871-1905) pioneer rancher in Canadian west.
October 18, 1905 - Died Lavina Clark (1864-1905) Methodist missionary to Canadian North West.
 

1906 1906 - The permanent Army Medical Corps is created in Canada. Georgina Pope (1862-1938) is appointed 1st Nursing Matron. Source: 100 Canadian women : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forster Toronto, Dundurn Press, 2004 pg 209

1906 - Medical inspection of school children is begun and leads the way to public school inspection across the country

March 1906 - The government of New Brunswick passes a law allowing women the right to study and practice law in the province.

April 1906 - Mabel French
(1881-1995) is the 1st woman admitted to the Bar in New Brunswick.

1906 - Henrietta Tuzo Wilson
(1873-1955) is the 1st Canadian born woman mountaineer is the 1st woman to ascend to the summit of Peak Seven of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. In 1907 the peak is renamed Mount Tuzo in her honour. Source: Girls on top; ten tales of women peak performances in Canada's west by Natalie St-Denis. Canadian Geographic web site http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/atg2005/girsl.asp  (accessed July 18, 2005)

1906 - Mary MacMahon, director of employment for Underwood Ltd., opens the 1st Canadian placement bureau for women in Toronto. In a half century, she placed more than a half-million stenographers.
Source: Jean Bannerman, Leading Ladies of Canada (Belleville, Mika Publishing, 1977);

1906 - The shop at the Women's Art Association in Montreal receives a charter and becomes the Canadian Handcraft Guild  Source: Important Moments in Canadian Art History compiled by Dr. Robert J. Belton,  University of British Columbia, Okanagan Creative Projects http://ubc.ca/okanagan/creative/links/timeline (accessed February 2006)
 
1906 -
The University of Toronto grants degrees to the 1st class in Nutrition and Dietetics. Source: Culinary Journey. Submitted to Famous Canadian Women by Michelle de cevito, Cochrane, Ontario

Births 1906:
1906 -
Born Malvina Marjorie Bolus (1906-1997) writer, editor & novelist.
1906 -
Born
Helen Birdsall (1906-1988) dance instructor & choreographer to the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) in the 1920's & 1930's.
1906 - Born Marjorie Bowker (1906-2006) pioneer lawyer & the 1st woman appointed to Family Court in Alberta as a judge.
1906 -
Born  Albertine Caron-Legris (1906-1972) pianist, composer & teacher.
1906 - Born Alma V. Ricard (1906-2003) philanthropist
1906 - Born Lily I. Sherizen (1906-1991) one of the earliest Jewish women lawyers in Ontario.
January 15, 1906 -
Born Edna Louise Staebler (1906-2006) journalist, author, Member of the Order of Canada.
February 4, 1906 -
Born Vera Lyla Helen Ayling (1906-1999) journalist & author
February 4, 1906 -
Born Gladys Strum (1906-2005)  1st woman to head any Canadian political party (Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Party.)
March 28, 1906 -
Born Beulah Vernon Bourns (1906-1990) nurse & missionary with the United Church of Canada.
June 6, 1906 -
Born Nazia L. Dane (1906- ?) businesswoman & administrator.
June 18, 1906 -
Born Gertrude 'Anahareo' Moltke Bernard (1906-1986) writer, animal rights advocate & conservationist.
June 26, 1906 -
Born Marian Mildred Dale Scott (1906-1993) painter of landscapes & portraits.
September 12, 1906 - Born Rose Marie Reid (1906-1978) trend setting swim suit fashion designer & entrepreneur.
November 27, 1906 - Born Jessie Anne Buckingham (1906-2001) teacher & volunteer.
December 18, 1906 - Born Ada Youlton Barnes (1906-1998) social activist

Deaths 1906:
March 4, 1906 - Died Kate Yeigh (1856-1906) journalist & author.
May 6, 1906 - Died
Anne Brown (1837?-1906) wife of Sir George Brown (1818-1880) & Mother of Confederation.
May 8, 1906 - Died
Marie Louise Amanda Viger (1845-1906) Sister St.-Jean-De-Goto Sister Superior.
December 20, 1906 -
Died
Caroline Blowers Gaetz (1845-1906) pioneer in Alberta.
 
1907 1907- The Dominion Women’s Enfranchisement Association becomes the Canadian Suffrage Association.

1907 - Married Women’s Property Legislation is passed in Saskatchewan.

1907- 
Canadian Women’s Press Club (CWPC) of Winnipeg is founded

1907 - Mabel
Priscilla Penery French (1881-1955) becomes the 1st woman lawyer in New Brunswick when the province passes legislation to allow women to be admitted to the profession. ' An Act  to remove the Disability of Women so far as Relates to the Study and Practice of the Law'. She was the 4th woman called to the Bar nationally & the 1st woman admitted outside of Ontario. Source: Women Lawyers in British Columbia by W. Wesley Pue. Online (Accessed March 2014)

April 18, 1907 - Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) receives a letter from L.C. Page and Company of Boston Massacheutts, U.S.A. accepting her manuscript of Anne of Green Gables and offering to publish on a 10% royality. 

1907 - Mlle Thais Frémont
founds the Ste Justine Children's Hospital, Montreal.

1907 - Peak Seven of the Valley of the Ten Peaks on Canada's west coast is renamed Mount Tuzo in honour of Henrietta Tuzo Wilson (1873-1955), the 1st woman to climb to the summit in 1906. Source: Girls on top; ten tales of women peak performances in Canada's west by Natalie St-Denis. Canadian Geographic web site http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/atg2005/girsl.asp (accessed July 18, 2005)

1907 - Bell Telephone operators go on strike to protest excessive hours . Source: UFCW Women in Canada - History Timeline . Online Accessed May 2016.

1907 -
Valleyfield Textile Strike, Quebec: workers demand shorter work hours, better wages and an end to abusive treatment by shop foremen. The textile mills are shut down for 10 days. While workers lost the strike their militancy leads to some improvements in the industry. Source: UFCW Women in Canada - History Timeline . Online Accessed May 2016.

1907 -
Western Art Association (for women) was organized by Ada Borradaile Chipman (1860?-1913)
Source: Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba (Manitoba Library Association, 1971) : Legacyfamilytree.ca  (Accessed November 2012)

1907 - the Women's Art Association of Canada, a Toronto club 1st organized in 1886 by Mary Dignam (1860-1938), is incorporated by the Bill no. 30 of the Canadian Government.  Source: Women's Hockey - History of Hockey - http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/hockey... accessed June 2011.

1907 - The Canadian Women's Club of Trinidad and Tobago is formed. Source: http://www.opus.co.tt/cwc/ (accessed July 2005)


Births 1907:
1907 -
Died Helen Mary 'Marie' Grant (1843-1907)   1st women school trustee in Canada (1885)
1907 -
Born Edra Isles Saunders Ferguson (1907-2011) in 1936 she was 1st woman elected as alderman in St Thomas, Ontario.
1907 -
Born Grace Irwin (1907-2008) novelist
1907 -
Born Tmima Mamie Littner Cohn (1907-1989) lawyer & strong supporter for women's rights.
January 1, 1907 - 
Born Nina Cohn (1907-1991) volunteer & Woman of the Century (1867-1967) for Nova Scotia & National Council of Jewish Women.
February 23, 1907 -
Born Evelyn Horne (1907-2005) Caring Canadian Award recipient.
May 5, 1907 - Born Florence Li Tim-Oi (1907-1992) priest in the Anglican Church.
May 30, 1907 - Born Margaret Mary Street (1907-1993) nurse, teacher, biographer & recipient of the Order of Canada.

August 3, 1907 - Born Greta Krause, (1907-1998)  harpsichordist.
August 28, 1907 - Born Irene Spry (1907-1998)  respected historian & author.
September 15, 1907  - Born Fay Wray (1907-2004) actor who is best remembered as playing opposite the ape in the movie, King Kong.
November 21, 1907 - Born Lucy Christie Harris (1907-2002) award winning author
December 12, 1907 -
Born Fleurette Marie Berthe Beauchamp-Huppé (1907- 2007) award winning pianist.
December 16, 1907 - Born Barbara Kent (1907-2011) silent screen movie star.

Deaths 1907:
January 5, 1907 -
Died
Agnes Maria Turnbull  (   -1907) Presbyterian medical missionary in India awarded the Kaisar-i-Hind medal for services.
July 6, 1907 -
Died Rosetta Ernestine Carr (1845?-1907) photographer.
July 7, 1907  - Died Anna Louisa Walker Coghill (1836-1907) poet & hymn writer.
 

1908 1908 - Canadian Nurses' Association is founded.


1908 - Georgina Fane Pope (1862-1938) is the 1st Matron of the Canadian Army Medical corps. Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia  (accessed July 22, 2005.)

1908 - Rural mail delivery is introduced in Canada.  Families are no longer as isolated and receive mail and mail order catalogues directly at their homes. Source: Before e-commerce : a history of mail order catalogues http://wwwcivilization.ca/cpm/catalog/catooooe.html December 2004.

1908 - Georgina Binnie-Clark (1871-1947) goes to Ottawa where she  protests to the Canadian Government because she was forced to purchase farm land in Saskatchewan as women are not entitled to free land offered by the federal government. Sources: Encyclopedia of the Great Plains online (Accessed November 2012) : 100 more Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster (Dundurn, 2011)

June 20, 1908 - Anne of Green Gables is publishes. The book goes through 4 editions in 3 months.


1908 -
Flora MacDonald Denison
(1867-1921), on behalf of the Canadian Suffrage Association, travels to Halifax to spur women to organize a suffrage group but no area group was ever formed.

1908 - Canadian women’s Press Club (CWPC) of Edmonton is founded.

1908 - W. H. Scoggie Department Stores of Montreal introduces a French language mail order catalogue to best serve clients. Source: Before e-commerce : a history of mail order catalogues http://wwwcivilization.ca/cpm/catalog/catooooe.html December 2004.

1908 - Cellophane, the precursor to plastic wrap is invented by a Swiss chemist. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 13.

Births 1908:
1908 -
Born Annie Epstein Baker (1908-2005) may have been 1st Jewish woman called to the Bar in Ontario in 1929
1908 -
Born Bylee Fay Lang (1908-1963) sculptor.
1908 -
Born Dorothea Palmer (1908-1992) a nurse arrested1936 for distributing birth control literature.
1908 - Born Eileen Vollick (1908-1968) 1st Canadian woman to earn a private pilot's license.
January 13, 1908 -
Born Florence Bayard Bird (1908-1998) a member of the Canadian Senate, she was also an author, a pioneer broadcaster & journalist.
February 7, 1908 - Born Lela Alene Brooks 1908-1990) world record holder in speed skating.
February 10, 1908 - Born Jean Coulthard (1908-2000) composer, performer & teacher.
February 21, 1908 - Born Alma Brock-Smith (1908-2009) pianist & teacher.
February 29, 1908 - Born Charlotte Augustine Cadoret (Sister St-Jean-du-Sacré-Coeur) (1908 -?) Educator, composer, & pianist.
April 28, 1908 - Born Ethel Catherwood, (1908-1987) member of the 1st Canadian women's Olympic team.
May 6, 1908 - Born Naomi Yanova Adaskin (1908-1996) journalist, pianist & teacher.
June 4, 1908 - Born Isabel Janet Macneill / MacNeill (1908-1990) 1st woman in the British Commonwealth to hold a command of a ship.
June 28, 1908 - Born Winnifred Mary Stewart (1908-1990)  nurse who conducted experimental research into new teaching methods for disabled children.
July 6, 1908 - Born Jeanne Fisher Marnery (1908-1986) 1st woman appointed professor in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto (1964)
September 6,1908 - Born Sara Barkin (1908-2002) pianist & soprano
September 14, 1908 - Born Cecile Elaine Eustace Smith Hedstrom (1908-1997) 1st Canadian to win a world figure skating championship medal.
October 31, 1908 - Born Muriel Helen Duckworth (1908-2009) social activist for peace & the advancement of women's rights.

Deaths 1908:
1908 - Died
Annie McDermot Bannatyne (1830 ?-1908) social activist
 
1909 March 14, 1909 - A delegation of 1000 women march to the Ontario Legislature to present a petition of 100,000 names of people supporting suffrage is presented.

1909 -
The International Congress of Women is held in Toronto, including delegates from Europe, the United States, and Australia.

1909 -  Canadian Women’s Press Club of Vancouver  and Toronto is founded.

1909 - Dr. Helen MacMurchy's (1862-1953) report to the Ontario Government blamed the high  infant death rate on intestinal diseases, ignorance, poverty and inadequate medical care. Source: Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.

1909 - General electric markets the 1st electric toaster. Source: Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 13.

December 4, 1909  - The 1st Grey Cup football game is played in Toronto, Ontario. (Source Ottawa Citizen, Sunday November 21,2004)

1909 - Laura Muntz Lyall (1860-1930) is the 1st woman asked to exhibit her works at the Canadian Art Club.
Source: Important Moments in Canadian Art History compiled by Dr. Robert J. Belton,  University of British Columbia, Okanagan Creative Projects http://ubc.ca/okanagan/creative/links/timeline (accessed February 2006)

1909 -
Florence Nightingale Graham, better known as Elizabeth Arden (1878-1966) borrows $6,000.00 and opens the 1st beauty salon on New York's Fifth Avenue. Source: Jean Bannerman, Leading Ladies of Canada (Belleville, Mika Publishing, 1977);

1909 -
The city of Hamilton, Ontario appoints the 1st school nurse.

Births 1909:
1909 -
Born Elsie Marion Eaton Bishop (1909-2003) social activist & community volunteer
1909 -
Born Addie Aylestock (1909-1998) religious leader, 1st Black woman ordained in Canada.
1909 -
Born Lotta Hitschmanova (1909-1990) international humanitarian who had so many awards that there were 5 rows of award ribbons on her uniform!
January 18, 1909 -
Born Gertrude Young Beattie (1909-2006) national champion in track and field.
March 16, 1909 -
Born Jean Flatt Davey (1909-1980) an indomitable early Canadian woman doctor
March 22, 1909 -
Born Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983) internationally rewound author & winner of Governor's General Award.
May 24, 1908 - Born Victoria Hopper (1909-2007) actress on stage and in film.
May 28, 1909 -
Born Mary Louise Northway (1909-1987) psychologist, businesswoman & philanthropist
June 7, 1909 - Born Margaret Ormsby, professor, editor & historian.
August 7, 1909 - Born Bernice C. Cunnington (1909-2001) journalist.
August 7, 1909 - Born Dorothy Louise Walton (1909-1981) one of the top badminton players in Canada

August 11, 1909 -
Born Lenore Talbot Crawford (1909-1983) journalist who maintained a weekly column in the London Free Press.

August 25, 1909 - Born Ruby Keeler (1909-1993) singer, dancer & performer.
October 12, 1909 - Born Dorothy Livesay (1909-1996) journalist, author & literary critic.
October 25. 1909 - Born Doris Clark Ludwig (1905-2005) a social worker by education she became a journalist in her subject area.

Deaths 1909:
September 29, 1909 - Died Matilda Edgar (1844-1910) historian.
 

   

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