1930 AD to 1939 AD
February 5, 1930 - Cecile Elaine Eustance Smith Hedstrom
(1908-1997) is the 1st Canadian to win a world
championship figure skating medal when she places 2nd with a silver
medal at a competition in New York City, New York, U.S.A.
February 15, 1930 - Cairine Wilson (1895-1962) become the 1st woman appointed to the Senate in Canada
1930 - From early 19th century to 1930 250,000 women immigrated to Canada mainly from the United Kingdom, Ireland Middle class homes welcomed these women as domestic workers Source: Marilyn Barber, "The Women Ontario Welcomed: Immigrant Domestics for Ontario Homes, 1870-1930," Ontario History (1980) 73#3 pp 148-172
1930 - The Canadian government hands over control of lands to the prairie provinces and though there is not much free farm land left women may now apply on equal terms for free farm land Sources: Encyclopedia of the Great Plains online (Accessed November 2012) : 100 more Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster (Dundurn, 2011)
March 27, 1930 - The Edmonton Grads women's basketball team beat Seattle Ferry Lines by 59 points over two games to retain the Underwood Trophy and the international title
June 7, 1930 - The Business and Professional Women Canada (The Canadian Federation of Business & Professional Women's Clubs) is formed and incorporated
1930 - Doctors at the Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto invent Pabulum baby cereal
1930 - Female teachers in the city of Toronto earn $1000.00 to $2400.00 per year while male teachers earned $1200.00 to $3000.00 per year Source: Janet Ray, Towards Women’s Rights, Toronto, Grolier Ltd, 1981.
1930 - Wonder Bread, the world's 1st packaged sliced bread enters the market place Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 15
1930's - The Preston Rivulettes, one of the greatest dynasties in Canadian sport, is formed. The team dominate, female hockey 1930-1939, the Rivulettes clamed 10 Ontario, 10 Eastern Canadian and 6 Dominion hockey titles Source: www.femalehockey.ca accessed January 2013.
1930 - Born Jane Margaret Carson Champagne (1930-2008) writer & landscape artist.
1930 - Marion Fry (1932- ) noted educator & university administrator
1930 - Born Marja 'Maria' Jacobs (1930- ) author, poet, & publisher
February 13, 1930 - Born Miriam Mandel (1930-1982) poet & author, winner of a Governor General's Award
February 25, 1930 - Born Norma Busby (1930-2008) nurse on the front of labour lines fighting for higher standards
March 6, 1930 - Born Mariruth Sarsfield (1930-2013) journalist & broadcaster
March 18, 1930 - Born Anne Macdonald (1930-1993) social activist
March 26, 1930 - Born Joyce Carter (1930-2011) fashion journalist
April 24, 1930 - Born June Elizabeth Bantjes (1930-2006) social activist & founding member of the Women's Calendar Collective
May 8, 1930 - Born Agnes Helen Porter (1930 - ) author who excels in writing fiction, poetry & drama
May 18, 1930 - Born Rose Sheinin (1930-2009) professor & author
May 26, 1931 - Born Elizabeth Whittall (1931-2015) International ) Olympic champion swimmer
July 15, 1930 - Born Isobel Finnerty (1930-2016) political activist & Senator
July 25, 1930 - Born Maureen Forrester (1930-2010) opera singer & Canadian nationalist, Companion, Order of Canada
August 25, 1930 - Born Ruth Middleton Gentry (1930-2008) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
September 29, 1930 - Born Constance Elvia Crook (1930- ) author of books for young readers
October 5, 1930 - Born Joanne Strong Philpott (1930-2011) columnist for the Globe and Mail
October 16, 1930 - Born Frances Patricia Jones (1930-2000) medal winning sprinter in 1948 Olympic Games
October 20, 1930 - Born Pat Lotz (1930-2012) librarian & researcher
November 16, 1930 - Born Landon Pearson (1930---) Senator & social activist for the health and rights of children around the world
December 14, 1930 - Born Suzanne 'Suzi' Morrow-Francis (1930-2006) international champion pairs figure skater & international skate judge.
December 21, 1930 - Born Claire Lorraine Mackay (1930-2013) author
December 29, 1930 - Born Ruth Tulving (1930-2012) artist
May 10, 1930 - Died Zoe Lafontaine Laurier (1849-1930) wife of Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier (1841-1919)
May 19, 1930 - Died Marie Louise-Emilie Lavergne (1849-1930) close friend of Sir Wilfrid Laurier )1841-1919)
November 1, 1930 - Died Emily Ann McCausland Cummings (1851-1930) journalist & 1st woman to receive an honorary degree from a Canadian University
December 9, 1930 - Died Laura Muntz Lyall (1860-1930) artist
1931 - Women are 17% of the labour force. Most female
workers are not eligible for releaf in the form of social assistance
1931 - The province of Quebec passes legislation that grants a wife control of her own earnings An Act to amend the Civil Code and the Code of Civil Procedure respecting the civil rights of women, 21 Geo.V, c.101
1931 - The Manitoba Minimum Wage Act was amended to include male workers over the age of 18. The minimum hourly wage in Manitoba was $0.25 for urban workers and $0.21 for rural workers. Up until 1931, the minimum wage only applied to female workers
August 1931 - Helen Birdsall (1906-1988) produces an extravaganza for the Grandstand show at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto using a cast of 1,500 people Source: Canadian Obituary Record, 1988. Robert M. Stamp. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1989)
1931 - Nora Frances Henderson (1897-1949) becomes the 1st woman elected to serve on Hamilton, Ontario's city council. Source: Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton Gallery of Distinction Accessed February 2016
December 11, 1931 - The Statute of Westminster, passed in the British Parliament means that Dominion Parliaments could now pass laws without reference to United Kingdom Laws and abolished various reserve powers still possessed by the Crown and British Parliament. The paradoxically increased the monarchy's importance, since the Dominions (no longer subordinated to the one supreme Parliament Westminster) were now linked through common allegiance to the Grown
1931 - The book The Joy of Cooking publishes its 1st edition
1931 - Born Judith Brady (1931-2013) social activist
1931 - Born May Cohen (1931- ) co-founder of the Women's Health Office at McMaster University, Hamilton, the 1st of its kind in Canada
1931 - Born Mary Eileen Travis (1931-2005) Maritime Librarian & 1st woman on St. John, New Brunswick Board of Trade
1931 - Born Barbara Mary Wilson (1931-2014) archivist & historian
January 9, 1931 - Born Flora Miller (1931- ) Canadian National gold medal winning diver 1947
January 22, 1931 - Born Doris Giller (1931-1993) pioneer journalist & newspaper editor
March 28, 1931 - Born Jane Rule (1931-2007) author & order of British Columbia
April 15, 1931 - Born Helen Maksagak (1931-2009) 1st Inuk Commissioner of the Northwest Territories & 1st Commissioner of Nunavut
April 23, 1931 - Born Evelyn Robson Strahlendorf (1931- ) Canadian doll collector & researcher
May 11, 1931 - Born Blanche Macdonald (1931-1985) educator & Native rights activist on the west coast
May 26, 1931 - Born Elizabeth 'Betty' Whittall (1931-2015) international Medal winning swimmer
June 13, 1931 - Born Jean Jay Macpherson (1931-2012) award winning poet
June 30, 1931 - Born Joyce Wieland (1931-1998) artist with works covering a multitude of media from canvas, quilting , embroidery & film
July 4, 1931 - Born Gloria Cranmer Webster (1931- ) 1st aboriginal woman to attend the University of British Columbia.
July 10, 1931 - Born Alice Munro (1931- ) Nobel Prize winning author
July 20, 1931 - Born Naomi Beth Wakan (1931- ) artist & author
October 5, 1931 - Born Rosalie Alma Gower (1931-2013) social activist
November 23, 1931 - Born Constance R. Glube (1931-2016) 1st woman appointed city manager & 1st woman to be Chief Justice of Nova Scotia
December 4, 1931 - Born Edna Mae Durbin (1931-2013) better known by her stage name Deana Durbin (1931-2013) movie actor from 1930's
1931 - Died Kathleen Macfarlane Lizars ( -1931) author
January 3, 1931 - Died Lily Adams Beck (1862?-1931) author
January 10, 1931 - Died Kate 'Fanny' Partridge (1854-1931) Yukon pioneer
January 31, 1931 - Died Zina Young Williams Card (1850-1931) one of the founders of Cardston, Alberta
April 1931 - Died Rachel Goldbloom (1885? -1931) community activist & philanthropist
April 28, 1931 - Died Mary Ann Casey Abbott (1855-1931) wife of 1st licensed physician in Canada
May 1, 1931 - Died Margaret Ridley Charlton (1858-1931) librarian & author of books for children
July 10, 1931 - Died Louise McKinney (1868-1931) politician & member of the "Famous Five"
September 5, 1931 - Died Marion Osborne (1871-1931) poet, playwright & author
November 10, 1931 - Died Henrietta Louise Edwards (1849-1931) member of the "Famous Five"
|1932||February 17-20, 1932
The 1st World Figure Skating Championships in Canada are
held in Montreal. Constance Wilson-Samuel
May 24, 1932 - Federal legislation brings the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission into existence
1932 - The Nova Scotia and Ontario Executive Committees of the Canadian Labour Congress (CL
C) call for government
to dismiss married women whose husbands are employed
1932 - Rose-Anna Vachon (1870?-1948)
develops a delicious cream filled
chocolate cake that she names for two of her sons ...Jos-Louis
Source: I know That Name by Mark Kearney & Randy
Roy (Toronto: Hounslow, 2002)
1933 - A reasonable and adequate diet for a family of five in Toronto is
$7.65 per week!
1933 - The Canadian Press initiates the Bobbie Rosenfeld (1904-1969) Award for Canada's Top Female of the Year. The 1st woman to win the award was golfer Ada Mackenzie (1891-1973) winner of the Canadian Open and Closed championships
1933 - Mary Belle Barclay and her sister E. Catherine Barclay pitch a tent in Bragg Creek, Alberta to welcome campers to the 1st Hostel in North America. In 2012 Parks Canada declare this to be an Historic Site. Source: 100 More Canadian Heroines by Merna Foster Dundurn Press, 2011.
April 7, 1933 - Canadian actor Fay Wray (1907-2004) has lead female role in movie King Kong released on this day
Winter 1933 - The Dominion Women's Amateur Hockey Association is formed. Lady Bessborough, Roberte de Neuflize Ponsonby (1882-1979), wife of the Governor General of Canada, donates a championship trophy for the Dominion Women's Amateur Hockey Association. The Edmonton Rustlers won the 1st trophy Source: Coast to Coast Hockey in Canada to the Second World War. Edited by John Chi-Kit Wong. (University of Toronto Press, 2009) page 142.
1933 - The Associated Countrywomen of the World is founded with Margaret Madge Rose Robertson Watt (1888-1948) serving as 1st president until 1947 Book: A great Rural Sisterhood; Madge Robertson Watt and the Associated Countrywomen of the World by Linda Ambrose( University Press)
May 24, 1933 - Born Marion Ruth Engel (1933-1985) acclaimed author
June 25, 1933 - Born Sophia Leung (1933 – ) Member of parliament from British Columbia
June 28, 1933 - Born Gisele Lalonde (1933- ) Mayor of Vanier, Ontario & community activist
August 23, 1933 - Born Betty Lambert (1933-1983) prolific Canadian playwright
September 1933 - Born Catherine G. Hennessey (1933 - ) heritage activist
September 22, 1933 - Born Mary Dohey (1933-2017) stewardess & heroine saving lives of passenger & crew from a hijacker in 1971
October 13, 1933 - Born Dorothy Moore (1933- ) Member of the Order of Nova Scotia, Order of Canada
November 20, 1933 - Born Maryon Kantaroff (1933- ) award winning sculptor
December 13, 1933 - Born Grace Ledoux Zoldy (1933- ) social activist for Métis women & activist to save Michif language
1933 - Died Marie Vitaline Dudemaine (1865-1933) Sister Mary Anastase
1933 - Born Eva Mariene Heddle (1933- 2009) at three she was Canada's Sweetheart
1933 - Died Margaret Hubner Wetherell (d. 1933) local historian
February 27, 1933 - Died Alice Jones (1853-1933) one of Canada's leading authors for her era
April 15, 1933 - Died Mary Isabella Macleod (1852-1933) pioneer of western Canada
May 3, 1933 - Died Mary Ellen Smith (1863-1933) 1st woman elected to BC Legislature & 1st woman appointed to a Cabinet position in the British Empire
July 17, 1933 - Died Mary Agnes Fitzgibbon (1862-1933) Journalist ...pen-name Lally Bernard.
September 3, 1933 - Died Jean Wilson ( -1933) award winning speed skater.
September 26, 1933 - Died Mary Agnes Snively (1847-1933) 'Mother of Canadian nurses'
October 10 , 1933 - Died Ione Christensen former Commissioner of the Yukon Territories and Appointed to the Senate of Canada 1999.
October 27, 1933 - Died Emily Murphy,(1868-1933) judge and member of the 'Famous Five '
|1934||March 9, 1934 -
New Brunswick women win the right to hold provincial office
1934 - The New Brunswick government passes legislation gaining women in New Brunswick the right to hold political office
The province of Quebec passes legislation that allows a wife
control of her own bank account
Aileen Alethea Meagher (1910-1987) medal winning track athlete is
Canada's Tope Female Athlete and Canadian Athlete of the Year
Winter 1935 - The Preston Rivulettes defeat the Winnipeg Eaton's Ladies in the Dominion Ladies Hockey Championships Source "Queens of the Ice Lanes: the Preston Rivulettes and women's hockey in Canada 1931-1940 " by Carly Adams in Sport History Review 2008 Vol. 39 pages 1-29.
1935 - Helen Alice Kinnear (1894-1970) is the 1st woman lawyer in Canada to appear as counsel before the Supreme Court in Canada
1935 - The Canadian Bowling Association, out of Toronto, creates a Ladies Section Source: 5-pin Bowling History cvnet.net/burnstd (Accessed May 2005)
1935 - Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) is named an Officer in the Order of the British Empire
1935 - Alice Wilson (1881-1964) Canada's 1st woman geologist is appointed as a member of the Order of the British Empire Source:100 Canadian Heroines: famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester. Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004.
1935 - Helen Frances Okuloski (1912-1993) sets up her law practice as one of the1st women lawyers in Hamilton, Ontario Source: Diversifying the bar: Lawyers Make history. Law Society of Upper Canada Online
1935 - Alex Gibb (1891-1958) is the only woman on the Ontario Athletic Commission Sources: “Queen of the Ice Lanes: the Preston Rivulettes and Women’s Hockey in Canada 1931-1940” by Carly Adams in Sport History Review no. 39 pages 1-29 2008; 100 more Canadian Heroines by Merna Forster Dundurn Press, 2011.
1935 - The western Shield Championship for women's hockey is established. It is the longest running women's hockey tournament Source: www.femalehockey.ca accessed January 2013.
1935 - Born Verna Jane Kirkness (1935- ) well known educator known as 'Longhouse Lady'
1934 - Born Carolyn Spellman Fedy (1934 - ) competitive figure skater & administrator
1935 - Born Verna Irene States Thomas (1935-2005) social activist & volunteer
1935 - Born Doreen Curtis Wicks (1935-2004) Social activist and holder of the Order of Canada
January 14, 1935 - Born Lucille Wheeler (1935- ) Canada's 1st ever Canadian Olympic Ski medalist in 1956
January 27, 1935 - Born Christine McCall (1935-2005) journalist, author and biographer of Pierre Elliot Trudeau
January 29, 1935 - Died Genevieve Elsie Alice Lipsett-Skinner (1886-1935) 1st woman journalist in Canadian Press Gallery
February 8, 1935 - Born Bernice Morgan (1935- ) novelist and short story writer
March 10, 1935 - Born Suzanne "Suzy" Rochon Burnette (1935-2006) journalist & radio broadcaster
March 15, 1935 - Born Mary Pratt, her paintings look so real you think they are photographs!
April 2, 1935 - Born Sharon Acker (1935- ) actor
April 22, 1935 - Born Rita Margaret Johnston (1935- ) politician & 1st woman to serve as a provincial premier in Canada
May 28, 1935 - Born Frances "Fran" Anne Wigston Eberhard (1935 - ) sports administrator who also played basketball & volleyball
June 2, 1935 - Born Carol Shields (1935-2003) award winning author
June 6, 1935 - Born Joy Kogawa, (1935- ) author of children's books, poetry, essays & social activist
July 29, 1935 - Born Patricia Lowther (1935-1975) respected poet, the Patricia Lowther Award now honours the best Canadian Poets
September 5, 1935 - Born Valerie Tyron (1935- ) internationally acclaimed pianist
September 21, 1935 - Born Shirley Marguerite Campbell (1935- ) champion long distance swimmer
September 28, 1935 - Born Tove Bording (1935-2014) civil servant foreign Service Officer for Canada
September 31, 1935 - Born Shirley Marguerite Campbell (1935- ) amateur & profession medal winning swimmer
October 10, 1935 - Born Marge Linden (1935-3013) 1st woman all night disc jockey, Montreal radio & 1st to appear in regular TV programs
November 17, 1935 - Born Audrey Thomas (1935- ) novelist & journalist
December 22, 1935 - Born Marilyn Levine (1935-2005) artist & sculptor
February 9, 1935 - Died Margaret Ross (1845-1935) biographer
March 31, 1935 - Died Emma Lorne Duff ( ?-1935) teacher and author.
April 23, 1935 - Died Georgina Ann Stirling (18661935) opera singer.
May 8, 1935 - Died Susie Frances Harrison (1858-1935) pen name Seranus & wrote novels & poetry.
September 5, 1935 - Died Eliza Ritchie, (1856-1935) probably the 1st Canadian woman to receive her doctor of letters.
November 25, 1935 - Died Gwethalyn Graham. (1913-1935) award winning author.
December 26, 1935 - Died Ida Virginia Barclay (1877-1935) businesswoman & owned of ski resort, one of the 1st to offer ski trails.
March 1936 -
sports journalist Alexandrina Gibb labels women's
hockey contests as battles between players who demonstrate an
aggressive form of hockey and that players were as good as the men's
teams in scraps on the ice Source: "Queens of the Ice Lanes:
the Preston Rivulettes and woman's Hockey in Canada, 1931-1940"
by Carly Adams in Sport History Review vol. 30 pages 1-29
1936 - Nellie McClung (1873-1951) is appointed as the only woman to the Board of Governors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). She served on the board until 1942.
1936 - Aileen Meagher (1910-1987) wins silver & bronze medals on the track in the Berlin Olympics Sources: Herstory: A Canadian Women’s calendar 2012. Coteau Books, 2011. ; Who’s
August 23, 1936 - Francoise Aubut-Pratte (1922-1984) gives her 1st recital at St-Stanislas Church, Montreal, Quebec
September 14, 1936 - Dorthea Palmer (1908-1992) a nurse is arrested for the distribution of birth control information.
She is eventually acquitted in 1937 at trial which makes distribution of this information legal Source: Today in Canadian History, written, compiled, edited and produced by Ottawa Researchers.
November 2, 1936 - Barbara Hanley (1882-1959) is the 1st woman elected to the position of a mayor of a town in Canada, Webwood, Ontario
November 4, 1936 - Lydia Emélie Gruchy (1895-1992) is the 1st woman to be ordained as a minister in the United Church of Canada. Earlier in the year the Church declared women may be ordained Source: Peter J. Calhoun, The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan Online (Accessed July 2014)
1936 - The Canadian Press votes Elizabeth 'Betty' Gardner Taylor (1916-1977), a Bronze medalist in swimming at the 1936 Summer Olympics, as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Tope Female Athelete of the Year
1936 - Margaret Paton Hyndman (1901? -1991) is the 1st Toronto woman to be appointed King's Council & the 2nd woman in the British Empire to be appointed to this position Sources: Toronto Business and Professional Club, website accessed March 1913. ; Margaret Hyndman, lawyer: no warm welcome 50 years ago, Ottawa Citizen June 13, 1976.
Winter 1936 -
the Dominion Women's
Amateur Hockey Association did not host n annual even because
the cost of travels for the team to play was too difficult to raise.
The Preston Rivulettes defaulted against the Winnipeg Olympics
Source "Queens of the Ice Lanes: the
Preston Rivulettes and women's hockey in Canada 1931-1940 " by Carly
Adams in Sport History Review 2008 Vol. 39 pages 1-29.
1936 - Girl Guide Cookies
are now sold across Canada
March 17, 1937 -
Dorothea Palmer (1908-1992) is
acquitted at her trial for distributing information on birth control
in Eastview (now Vanier), Ontario, on the grounds that her actions
were entirely in the interest of the public good. It is a major
victory for Canadian women's autonomy
May 12, 1937 - The coronation of King George Vl takes place at Westminster Abbey in London, England
June 1-2, 1937 - The Crown launched an appeal with the Court of Appeal for Ontario in the Dorothea Palmer (1908-1992) case, Rex vs. Palmer, commonly known as The Eastview Birth Control Trial. The appeal is dismissed
September 1, 1937 - Trans Canada Air Lines begins regular flights
Winter 1937 - The Preston Rivulettes defeat the Winnipeg Eaton's at the Dominion Ladies Hockey Championships tSource "Queens of the Ice Lanes: the Preston Rivulettes and women's hockey in Canada 1931-1940 " by Carly Adams in Sport History Review 2008 Vol. 39 pages 1-29.
1937 - The Canadian Press votes Robina Higgins (1915-1990), who set a new Canadian record in the javelin throw, as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the year
1937 - Alice Evelyn Wilson (1881-1964) is the 1st woman elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
1937 - Elsie MacGill (1905-1980.) is the 1st woman to be admitted corporate membership in the Engineering Institute of Canada
1937 - Léa Roback (1903-2000) leads 5000 garment industry workers in Montreal on a massive strike that lasted 25 days. They were protesting 60 hour work weeks, poverty level wages and miserable working conditions Source: 100 Canadian Heroines : famous and forgotten faces by Merna Forester. Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2004 Pg. 205.
1937 - Synchronized swimming is introduced in Canada at the Peterborough YWCA Source: History of the YWCA http://www.ywcacanada.ca/ (accessed January 12, 2005)
1937 - Dorothea Palmer is acquitted on charges of unlawfully advertising birth control methods. The trial is a landmark in the ongoing fight by women to control their reproductive capacity. The criminal law with respect to birth control information and advertising was not changed until 1969 Source : Cool Chronology at www.coolwomen.org (accessed July 2005)
1937 - Plan International is founded as a Foster Parents Plan, a global movement for change, mobilizing millions of people around the world to support social justice for children in developing countrie. Source: Herstory 2012: The Canadian Women's Calendar 2012. Saskatoon Women's Calendar Collective.
1937 - Kraft Diner is introduced to the world Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 17.
1937 - The invention of the blender is introduced to the North American market Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.
1937 - Born Jane Millgate (1937 - ) author & academic
1937 - Born Zanana L Akande (1937- ) Member of Ontario Parliament
1937 - Born Julie Loranger (1937- ) diplomat
1937 - Born Aiko Geraldine Suzuki (1937-2005) sculptor, painter, printmaker, dance set designer, curator & teacher.
1937 - Born Jan Tennant (1937- ) broadcast journalist, 1st woman to host the National news on CBC TV
1937 - Born Dorothy Thomas (1938-2005) feminist & community social activist
February 4, 1937 - Born Audrey Yvonne Morris (1937-2010) award winning composer
February 4, 1937 - Born Ann Southam (1937-2010) composer
February 7, 1937 - Born Maria van der Merwe (1937- ) coach of Field Hockey
March 31, 1937 - Born Anna Mariana Terana (1937- ) politician
June 8, 1937 - - Born Cathy Townsend, the first Canadian woman to win the Bowling Cup and member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
June 11, 1937 - Born Alice Katrina Loewen Chambers (1937-1999 Scientist and community activist for the environment.
June 15, 1937 - Born Lola Lemire Tostevin (1937- ) bilingual author & poet
June 18, 1937 - Born Rose-Marie Losier-Cool (1937- ) Member of the Canadian Senate.
August 9, 1938 - Born Micheline Saint-Marcoux (1938-1985) musician & composer
September 8, 1937 - Born Barbara Frum, (1937-1992) award winning multi media journalist
September 15, 1937 - Born Marjorie Harris, (1937- ) renowned author & gardening enthusiast, she is the expert of her era.
September 21, 1937 - Born Betty Stanhope-Cole (1937- ) champion golfer
October 6, 1937 - Born Judith 'Judy' Kathleen Darling-Evans (1937- ) champion golfer
December 1, 1937 - Born Sheila Leah Fischuman (1937- ) translator specializing in works of contemporary Quebec literature.
December 23, 1937 - Born Geills MacCrae Kilgour Turner (1937 - ) wife of Prime Minister John N. Turner (1929- )
1937 - Died Annie Glenn Broder ( -1937), composer & music teacher
February 1, 1937 - Died Susan Louise Moir Allison (1845-1937) pioneer & author, British Columbia, in 2010 became National Historic Person
February 2, 1937 - Died Eudora Lochead ( -1937) pioneer store owner on the west coast.
March 30, 1937 - Died Maria Heathfield Pollard-Grant (1854-1937) social activist, suffragist, & school trustee.
August 1, 1937 - Died Constance Woodrow (1899-1937) author
November 18, 1937 - Died Julia Willmothe Henshaw (1868-1937) botanist, journalist, & novelist
Winter 1938 - The Preston Rivulettes defeat the Winnipeg Olympics in
the Dominion Women's Hockey Championships. The Rivulettes
also earn the Fanny Rosenfeld and Romeo Daoust this year Source "Queens of the Ice Lanes: the
Preston Rivulettes and women's hockey in Canada 1931-1940 " by Carly
Adams in Sport History Review 2008 Vol. 39 pages 1-29.
1938 - Barbara Howard (1920-2017) track runner, 1st Black Canadian to compete internationally when she competes in British Empire Games
1938 - Elinor Francis Elizabeth Black (1905-1982) is the 1st Canadian woman member of the British Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Sources: Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted University of Manitoba Press, 1999: Memorable Manitobans Profile by Gordon Goldsborough. Online (accessed December 2011) :; Government of Manitoba. Status of Women. Women
1938 - Marcelle Barthe (1904-1965) 1st bilingual woman to be hired by CBC Radio
1938 - The Canadian Press votes Noel MacDonald (1915-2008), who captained the Edmonton Grads Basketball team winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year
1938 - The DuPont company introduces Teflon non stick coating for cooking pots and pans. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg 16
1938 - Born Judith 'Judy' Feld Carr (1938- ) social activist known for secretly brining thousands of Jews to freedom out of Syria
January 9, 1938 - Born Claudette Boyer (1938- ) 1st Franco-Ontarian women to be elected to the federal government
February 13, 1938 - Born Sonia Harrison Jones (1938- ) writer, author & publisher
February 17, 1938 - Born Martha Henry (1938- ) leading stage and film actor
March 19, 1938 - Born Susan Butt (1938- ) Canadian Tennis champion
March 31, 1938 - Born Beverley Simons (1938- ) playwright
May 5, 1938 - Born Barbara Wagner (1938- ) with skating partner Robert Wagner, international medal winning pair skaters & members of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
June 10, 1938 - Born Ernestine Russell Weaver (1938- ) champion gymnast
June 28, 1938 - Born Shelagh Dawn Grant (1938- ) author & historian
July 13, 1938 - Born Helen Gardiner (1938-2008) philanthropist & co-founder of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto
August 9, 1938 - Born Micheline Saint-Marcoux (1938-1985) composer & teacher
August 16, 1938 - Born Dorothy Lidstone (1938- ) world champion archer
September 1938 - Born Eliza Olson (1938- ) award winning environmentalist
November 10, 1938 - Vera Frenkel (1938- ) renowned artist in multi & modern electronic media
December 28, 1938 - Born Helen Hunt (1938- ) Olympic swimmer
1938 - Died Mary Ella Dignam (1857-1938) feminist, artist, founder of the Women's Art Association of Canada
1938 - Died Marie McIntyre (1900-1938) the 1st Ukrainian woman to become a pharmacist
1938 - Died Elizabeth Ferguson McKellop (1858-1938) pioneer of Canadian northwest
January 12, 1938 - Died Annie Charlotte Dalton (1865-1938) poet who was inducted into the Order of the British Empire
February 12, 1938 - Died Amy Parkinson (1859?-1938) poet
May 11, 1939 - Died Edith Jessie Archibald (1854-1938) social activist & suffragette
June 6, 1938 - Died Georgina Fane Pope (1862-1938) 'The Florence Nightingale' of Prince Edward Island & 1st Matron of the Canadian Army Medical Corp
October 22, 1938 - Died May Irwin, (1862-1938.) stage performer & star of pioneering one minute movie by Thomas Edison
November 17, 1938 - Died Jean Newton McIlwraith (1959-1938) author
December 15, 1938 - Died Marjory Willison, Lady Willison ( -1938) author
Some 5000 nurses serve in the Canadian Army, Navy and Air Force
Medical Corps during World War ll. The serve overseas in hospitals,
casualty stations near combat zoned, mobile field hospitals and in
many theatres of war However they are not permitted to serve in
warships, combat aircraft or combat arms units.
Source: National Defence and the
Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March
April 22, 1939 - Marion Orr, one
of Canada's women pioneer pilots, takes her 1st
flying lesson. She receives her private Pilot's license in January
1939 - Lucile Garner Grant
(1910-2013) is the 1st woman hired by Trans-Canada Airlines
to be a stewardess
Source: “She was Canada’s firs airline stewardess” by Nora Ryell
The Globe and Mail, March 29, 2013.
The 1st Canadian Elizabeth Fry Society was
established in Vancouver
1939 - Elsie Gregory MacGill (1905-1980) is the first woman to design and witness the construction of an airplane based on these designs Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)
There are an estimated 638,000 women in the paid work force in