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

This timeline is not all inclusive.

The timeline  was fun to prepare and hopefully it will be fun to read.  Perhaps it will even be  useful.

Events listed are drawn from various sources including those listed on other areas of http://famouscanadianwomen.com

If you wish more information on the women listed in this timeline be sure and check out the birthdays listed in
"Do you share a birthday with a famous Canadian woman?"

LAST UPDATED  October 2014

DATES

EVENTS

1900
 
January 15, 1900  - The first chapter of The Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire 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 makes a wife responsible for her own property, wages, profits, etc. She is also jointly responsible for the support of her children.

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 first time a paper by a woman had been presented at the Society. Source: 100 Canadian women : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forster Toronto, Dundurn Press, 2004 pg 21.


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 first 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 by 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 Frances Emily Lynch (1900-1962) one of the 1st Roman Catholic women lawyers in Ontario.
1900 -
Born  
Violet Pooley Sweeny (1886-1965) champion west coast golfer.
1900
- Born Germaine Gévremont (1900-1968) journalist and award winning author.
1900  -
Born Marie McIntyre (1900-1938) The first Ukrainian-Canadian woman to become a pharmacist.

1900 - Born Grace Armstrong Hartman (1900-1998) Sudbury City Councilor 1950-1967.
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.
June 9, 1900 -
Born  Dorothy Somerset (1900-1991) Theatre director.
June 28, 1900  -
Born Margaret Ruth Bagnall (1900-1994) a writer and historian who painted local scenes for the provincial centennial.
August 10, 1900  -
Born Norma Shearer (1900-1983) movie star and Academy Award best actress.
August 23, 1900  - Born Frances Marr Adaskin ( 1900-2001) pianist.
August 25, 1901 - Born Luella Saunders Creighton (1901 -   ) writer of historic novels.
September 6, 1900  - Born Martha Ostenso, (1900-1963) social worker and author.
September 16, 1900  - Born Sister Ethelberta (1900-1988) brought her religious order to Canada and was hospital administrator.
September 23, 1900 - Died Ellen Agnes Bilbrough-Wallace (1841-1900) manager of Marchmont Home, Belleville
October 22, 1900 - Born Elizabeth Dafoe (1900-1960) librarian
October 29, 1900 - Born Evelyn 'Eve" Dunn (1900-1994) prairie artist.

Deaths 1900:
December 5, 1900  - Died
Evelyn Durand (1870-1900) poet.
1901 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 first Canadian Ladies Amateur Golf Tournament 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. (celebrated May 24)

October 24, 1901 - Former school teacher, Annie Taylor, becomes the first 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 is incorporated and the headquarters is established in Toronto.

1901 -
The Canadian Nursing Service of the Canadian military is formed and the women are 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) took over as editor of their newspaper whan her husband died becoming 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 first schedule for graded foods. Source: Culinary Journey. Submitted to Famous Canadian Women by Michelle de cevito, Cochrane, Ontario

Births 1901:
1901-
Born Helen Kalvak (1901-1984) Inuit artist who helped found the Holman Eskimo Co-operative.
1901? -
Born Margaret Paton Hyndman (1901?-1991) fist Toronto woman to be appointed King's Council and second in the British Empire.
1901 -
Born Bessie Portigal Buchwald (1901-1989) early Canadian Zionist.
1901 -
Born 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)
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 29, 1901 - Born May Lawson (1901-1965) Singer for choirs and opera in Manitoba
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 Bowels Pearson (1897-1972) winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and Prime Minister of Canada.


Deaths 1901:
July 10, 1901 - Died Annie Gregg Savigny (? -1901) author.
September 4, 1901 - Died Minnie Sophia Prat (1868- 1901) book binder
Source: Nova Scotia Archives. The Prat Sisters. Online http://gov.ns.ca (accessed June 2011) ; Herstory: the Canadian Women’s Calendar 2007 Coteau Books, 2006 page 74.

1902 1902 - The first 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 first woman, Jennie Moore, from Vancouver, British Columbia. (Source http:// RBC.com/responsibility/accessed January 19, 2008.)

1902 - Eva Maude Powley (1875-  ) is the second 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-   ) Sculptor and wood carver.
1902 -
Born Susan Gertrude Jasper (1902-2000) social activist.
1902 -
Born Marjorie Mews (1902-1965) renouned Maritime librarian.
1902 -
Born Nan Shipley (1902-1990) author
January 5, 1902 -
Born Myrtle Cook, (1902-1985) an excellent all round athlete she was a member of the first woman's team in the Olympic Games in 1928.
April 14, 1902 - Born Olive Evangeline Diefenbaker (1902-1976) first wife of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker.(1895-1979)  
April 20,1902 - Born Elizabeth Goudie (1902-1982) a writer, she recorded the first history of family life in the wilds of Labrador.
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.

Deaths 1902:
January 19, 1902 - Died Ester Pariseau, Mother Joseph (1823-1902) Member of Sisters of Charity and 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 filed. Source: The Canadian encyclopedia online . (Accessed July 22, 2005)

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. Sources: Irma Levasseur http://grandquebec.com/gens-du-pays/irma-levasseur(accessed June 30, 2008) ; Celebrating women’s achievements: Canadian women in science: Irma LeVasseur http://collectionscanada.gc.ca/   also available in French. (Accessed June 30, 2008)

December 3, 1903 - Mary Pickford
(1872-1979) makes her debut on Broadway in New York City. Source: 100 Canadian women : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forster Toronto, Dundurn Press, 2004 pg. 205.

1903 - Canned Tuna first 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 and public servant, mother of J. Turner 17th Canadian Prime Minister.
1903 -
Born Marguerite Michaud (1903-1982) first Acadian woman to graduate from university
1903 -
Born Winnifred Blair Drummie  (1903-1983) the first Miss Canada.
1903 -
Born Dorothy Duncan (1903-1957) author
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 and 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 and 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)  she studied medicine and became the 1st Canadian woman to practice medicine in Canada.
1904 June 1904 - The Canadian Women's Press Club is formed during a CPR sponsored trip of 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 bookbinding industry Source: http://www.niagara.com/`merrill/trivia.html (Accessed January 2004)

November 7, 1904 -
a committee is formed in the province of Quebec to set up a school of households Sciences in Montreal, to professionalize domestic work and promote public health. The committee sent Jeanne Anctil (1875-1926) and Antionette 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.

December, 1904 - the  Eaton's Department Stores sponsor the first Santa Clause Parade in Toronto. Santa, in a horse drawn sleigh, is followed through the streets of Toronto to the Eaton's Store.

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 and 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 and Associate National Librarian of Canada.
January 1, 1904 -
Born Ethel Ostry (1904-1976) Social activist and volunteer provincially, nationally and with the United Nations.
January 4, 1904 -
Born Pegi Nicol MacLeod (1904-1949) an artist among the first wave of Canadian modernism.
January 7, 1904 - Born
Mary Coyne Rowell Jackman (1904-1994) Social Activist
January 22, 1904 - Born Peggy Seller,  she is remembered best for writing the rules of synchronized swimming.
February 19, 1904 - Born Hilda Neatby (1904-1975), historian, author, educator and critic of the Canadian education system.
March 21, 1904 - Born Jehane Benoit (1904-1987) rebound chef and author who was an officer in the Order of Canada.
April 16, 1904 - Born  Fifi D'Orsay (1904-1983) Vaudeville performer and early movie actress known as the French bombshell.
June 23, 1904 - Died Mary Livingstone (born Sadie Marks 1904-1983) radio and TV commedien, wife of comedien Jack Benny.
July 24, 1904 - Born Dorothy Goldman (1904-1996)  Social Activist
October 9, 1904 - Born Mary Peck (1904-1992) founder of the Canadian Arthritis Society.
November 9, 1904 - Born Lillian Beatrice Allen (1904-1985) artist and teacher.
November 21, 1904 - Died Jane Buchan (1837-1904) Social Activist.
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 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.

April 4, 1905 - The Berlin, (now Kitchener) Ontario 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. Source: Mina Hubbard Explores Labrador. Canadian History News. http://northernblue.ca/cblog/archives (Accessed July 27, 2005)


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)

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 and sportswoman.
1905 -
Born Elinor Francis Elizabeth Black (1905-1982)
in 1938, the first Canadian woman member of the British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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 and loved large hats.
January 28, 1905 -
Born Ellen Louks Fairclough. (1905-2004) Hamilton, Ontario. First woman to be appointed to the federal Canadian cabinet.
March 27, 1905 - Born Elsie Gregory McGill (1905-1980) Canada's first woman graduate in electrical engineering and the first to design aircraft.
April 11, 1905 - Born Bernice R. Brown (1905-1971) Social Activist in PEI
July 8, 1905 - Born Elizabeth Allin (1905-1993) the first 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 and politician.
August 11, 905-
Born Helen Battles Hogg-Priestley,(1905-1993) award winning astronomer, the first Canadian to have a minor planet named for her.
September 7, 1905 -
Born Kathleen Coburn (1905-1991) Professor at Victoria College editor, and order of Canada.
November 24, 1905 - Born Ruth Matheson Buck (1905-2009) historian and biographer

Deaths 1905 :
1905 -
Died Lydia Campbell (1818-1905) diarist of life and lore of 19th century Labrador.
1905 -
Died
Sadie O. Prince (1861-1905) poet.
1905 - Died Abigail Becker Rohrer,(1830-1905)  a heroine who helped save lives of crew member of the schooner, Conductor,
October 18, 1905 - Died Lavina Clark (1864-1905) Methodist missionary to Canadian Northwest.
 

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

1906 - Henrietta Tuzo Wilson
(1873-1955) the 1st Canadian born woman mountaineer is the first 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 - 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 first 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 and novelist.
1906 -
Born
Helen Birdsall (1906-1988) dance instructor and choreographer to the CNE in the 1920's and 1930's.
1906 - Born Marjorie Bowker (1906-2006) pioneer lawyer and the first woman appointed to Family court in Alberta as a judge.
1906 -
Born  Albertine Caron-Legris (1906-1972) Pianist, composer and teacher.
1906 - Born Lily I. Sherizen (1906-1991) one of the earliest Jewish women lawyers in Ontario.
February 4, 1906 -
Born Vera Lyla Helen Ayling (1906-1999) Journalist and author
February 4, 1906 -
Born Gladys Strum (1906-2005)  1st woman head any Canadian political party (C.C.F.)
March 28, 1906 -
Born Beulah Vernon Bourns (1906-1990) nurse and missionary with the United Church of Canada.
June 6, 1906 -
Born Nazia L. Dane (1906-  ??) businesswoman and administrator.
June 26, 1906 -
Born Marian Mildred Dale Scott (1906-1993), a painter of landscapes and portraits.
September 12, 1906 - Born Rose Marie Reid (1906-1978) trend setting swim suit fashion designer and entrepreneur.
November 27, 1906 - Born Jessie Anne Buchingham 1(1906-2001) teacher and volunteer.
December 18, 1906 - Born Ada Youlton Barnes (1906-1998) social activist

Deaths 1906:
March 4, 1906 - Died Kate Yeigh (1856-1906) Journalist and author.
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 - Mabel Priscilla Penery French
(1881-1955) becomes the 1st woman lawyer in New Brunswick when the province passes legislation to allowed women to be admitted to the profession. Source: Women Lawyers in British Columbia by W. Wesley Pue. Online (Accessed March 2014)

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 - 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 first organized in 1886 by Mary Dignam 1860-1938), is incorporated by the Bill no. 30 of the Canadian Government. Source: 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 -
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 and 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 and recipient, Order of Canada.

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

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

1908 1908 - The book by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942),  Anne of Green Gables, is published in Boston.

1908 -
Canadian Nurses' Association is founded. Source : www.canadiannursesfoundation.com/heritage.htm.


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

1908 - Rural mail delivery is introduced. Families are no longer as isolated and recieve 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)


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 Eileen Vollick  Wiarton, Ontario  the first 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 and journalist.
February 7, 1908 - Born Lela Alene Brooks,  world record holder in speed skating.
February 10, 1908 - Born Jean Coulthard (1908-2000) composer, performer and teacher.
February 21, 1908 - Born Alma Brock-Smith Pianist and teacher.
February 29, 1908 - Born Charlotte Cadoret (Sister St-Jean-du-Sacré-Coeur) (1908 -  ) Educator, composer, and pianist.
April 28, 1908 - Born Ethel Catherwood, (1908-1987) member of the first Canadian women's Olympic team.
May 6, 1908 - Born Naomi Yanova Adaskin (1908-1996) journalist, pianist and teacher.
June 4, 1908 - Born Isabel Janet Macneill / MacNeill (1908-1990) the 1st woman in the British Commonwealth to hold a command of a ship.
July 6, 1908 - Born Jeanne Fisher Marnery ( 1908-1986) the first woman appointed professor in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto (1964)
September 6,1908 - Born Sara Barkin (1908-   ) pianist and soprano
September 17, 1908  - Born  Iphigenie Arsenault (1908) - 1996) worked 70 years with the Canadian Red Cross, Order of Canada 1977.

Deaths 1908:
1908 - Died
Annie McDermot Bannatyne (1830 ca - 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 - Dr. Helen MacMurchy's 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 first 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 first Grey Cup football game is played in Toronto, Ontario. (Source Ottawa Citizen, Sunday November 21,2004)

1909 - Laura Muntz Lyall (1860-1930) is the first 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)
 

Births 1909:
1909 -
Born Elsie Marion Eaton Bishop (1909-2003) social activist and community volunteer
1909 -
Born Addie Aylestock (1909-1998) religious leader, first Black woman ordained in Canada.
1909 -
Born Lotta Hitschmanova (1909-1990) international humanitarian who had so many awards that there were 5 rows of ribbons representing the awards 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 rebound author and winner of Governor's General Award winner.
May 28, 1909 - Born Mary Louise Northway (1909-1987) psychologist, businesswoman and philanthropist
June 7, 1909 - Born Margaret Ormsby, professor, editor and 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 and performer.
October 12, 1909 - Born Dorothy Livesay (1909-1996) Journalist, author, and 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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