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1930
 
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.

Births 1930:
1930 -
Born
Margaret-Ann Armour (1930-2019) science educator
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

Deaths 1930:
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 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

Births 1931:
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

Deaths 1931:
1931 -
Died
Ella Bertha Marvin Hatheway (1853-1931) suffragette in New Brunswick
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 (1908-1953) places 3rd  

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 - Dr. Elizabeth
Catherine Bagshaw
(1881-1982) opens the 1st Canadian family planning clinic in Hamilton, Ontario. It is  an illegal birth control clinic

1932- Helena Walker - Mrs. Ashley Walker (1867-1963) is the 1st woman elected alderman in Regina, Saskatchewan Source: City of Regina. Heritage & History. Online. (Accessed January 2012.)

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)

1932 - Married women who own property are given the right to vote in Montreal civic elections but are still denied the right to vote in provincial elections Source: Herstory 2008: The Canadian Women's Calendar (Coteau Books, 2007)

Births 1932:
1932 -
Born Beatrice Ford Watts (1832-2004) 1st Inuit woman to qualify as a teacher in Labrador
January 2, 1932 -
Born Jean Little (1932-  ) blind award winning children's author
January 15, 1932 -
Born Ruth Galbraith (1932-2013) medical doctor & role model for working mothers
February 11, 1932 -
Born Freda Ahenakew (1932-2011) Aboriginal author, Member, Order of Canada & Saskatchewan Order of Merit
March 15, 1932 -
Born Rita Joe (1932-2007) poet
March 30, 1932 -
Born Marjorie Jane Hodgson (1932-2018) artist
April 9, 1932 -
Born Adele Ward (1932-2014) broadcast journalist who worked mainly for children
April 30, 1932 -
Born Eleanor Elsie Wayne (1932-2016) 1st woman mayor of Saint John, New Brunswick & former Member of parliament
May 16, 1932 -
Born Denise Fillatrault, (1932-  ) actor
May 18, 1932 - Born Claudia Myrna Bowman (1932-2004) lawyer, judge, & feminist
June 6, 1932 - Born Anne-Claire Poirier (1932-   ) film director & producer
June 6, 1932 - Born Lois Boyle (1932-2012) "Mother of the Snowbirds" Canada's flying aeronautic team
August 16, 1932 - Born Jacqueline Lorraine Shepherd (1932-2006)
1960’s consumer advocate & activist
September 6, 1932 - Born Joan Ann Cooch (1932-2013) pioneer women's hockey coach
September 28, 1932 - Born Diane Rose Stratus (1932-  ) Member of Parliament
October 12, 1932 - Born Jackie MacDonald (1932-   ) medal winning shot putter
October 13, 1932 -
Born Dorothy Reitman (1932 - ) volunteer & social activist
November 15, 1932 - Born Marie Bonin (1932-2003) Manitoba nurse
December 8, 1932 - Born
Lorraine Mary Williams (1932-2014) social worker & volunteer
December 12, 1933 – Born Ruth Rittenhouse Morris (1933-2001) social activist for prison reform

 

Deaths 1932:
1932 -
Died Mary Adelaide Dawson Snider (1880-1932) journalist
1932 -
Died
Onésime Dorval (1845-1932) 1st trained teacher in the Red River area & National Historic Person
May 2, 1932 - Died Ellen Elizabeth Spragge (1854-1932) free lance journalist
June 5, 1932 - Died
Alexandra Helen Hargrave (1853-1932) pioneer of the Canadian North West
June 14, 1932 - Died Maria-Clara Dorimène Roy-Desjardins (1856-1932) businesswoman & banker of Desjardins.
September 3, 1932 -
Died Mary Adelaide Dawson Snider (1879-1932) journalist & a founder of the Canadian Womens Press Club.
November 6, 1932- Died Nina Jamieson (? - 1932) journalist & novelist
November 11, 1932 -  Died Georgina Alexandrina Newhall (1859-1932) journalist & poet
 

1933 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)

Births 1933:
May 24, 1933 - Born Marion Ruth Engel (1933-1985) acclaimed author
June 25, 1933 - Born Sophia Leung (1933 –   ) Member of parliament from British Columbia
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une 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

Deaths 1933:
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 5, 1933 -
Died Eliza Ritchie (1856-1933) social activist
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 

1934 - The province of Quebec passes legislation that allows a wife control of her own bank account

March 24, 1934 -
The inaugural games of the Eastern Canadian Women's Hockey Championships is held with the Preston Rivulettes winning over the Montreal Maroon's 4 to 1
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.

Winter 1934 - 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 Edmonton Rustlers
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.

1934 - The Canadian Intercollegiate Women's ice hockey League is disbanded during the depression years

1934 -
Campbell's Soup introduces Chicken noodle & Cream of Mushroom soups to its lineup


August 23, 1934 - Jessica Jarvis
receives her commercial pilot's license thus becoming the 1st woman in Toronto, Ontario to earn this license

1934 - Ethel Stark
 (1916?-2012 ) is the 1st woman soloist heard on radio when she plays violin performing under conductor Fritz Reiner the Tchaikovsky “Concerto

1934 - Helen Alice Kinnear (1884-1970)  is the 1st woman in the British Empire to be appointed King's Counsel
  

1934 - Phyllis Dewar (1916-1961) becomes the 1st Canadian woman to win four gold medals for swimming at the British Empire Games, a record not broken until 1966. The Canadian Press votes her the winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Top Female Athlete of the year

1934 - Lillian Frieman (1885-1940) is the 1st Canadian Jew to be awarded the Order of the British Empire

1934 - Sarah Persis Johnson Darrach (1886-1974) a World War l nursing sister, and nursing educator is inducted into the Order of the British Empire
Source: Memorable Manitobans Online (Accessed February 2014)

1934 - Nora Frances Henderson (1897-1949) of Hamilton, Ontario becomes the 1st woman in Canada to be elected to a city Board of Control Source: Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton Gallery of Distinction online accessed February 2016

Births 1934:
1934 -
Born Bertha Allen (1934-2010) volunteer & social activist, President of the Native Women's Association
1934 -
Born Julia Ching (1934-2001) university professor in eastern studies & author
1934 -
Born Lucy Tasseor Tutsweetok (1934-2012) Inuit artist & sculptor
January 30, 1934 -
Born Tammy Grimes (1934-2016) actor on stage & in movies
February 12, 1934 -
Born Mary Alice Dawe Downie (1934-   ) children's author.
March 9, 1934 -
Born Marlene Streit (1934-   ) champion golfer, former Canadian Female Athlete of the Year, & member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame & 1st Canadian in the World Golf Hall of fame
March 17, 1934 -
Born
Patricia 'Pat' Mary McDonagh (1934-2014) fashion designer.
April 11, 1934 -
Born Norma Marion Beechcroft (1934-   ) musician & composer
April 20, 1934 -
Born Naomi Elizabeth Saunders Griffiths (1934-  ) historian & academic expert on Acadian culture
May 15, 1934 -
Born Julia Levy (1934-   ) medical researcher & professor

May 16, 1934 -
Born Suzanne Lapointe (1934-2015) singer, actor & television host

May 28, 1934 -
Born Annette, Emilie (d 1954), Yvonne (d 2001), Cécile, and Marie Dionne (d 1970), the only known-surviving quintuplets in the world at the time of their birth
July 7, 1934 - Born Nancy Bauer (1934-   ) author
July 12, 1934 -
Born Mira Spivak (1934-   ) member of the Canadian Senate

August 2, 1934 -
Born Valerie Knowles (1934 - ) author, historian, & biographer
August 25, 1934 - Born Lise Bacon (1934-   ) Member of the Senate of Canada
September 5, 1934 - Born Valerie Tryon (1934-   ) internationally acclaimed pianist
September 6, 1934 -
Born Anne Elizabeth Eggleston (1934-1994) musician & composer
September 21, 1934 -
Born Gloria Saarinen ( 1934-   ) renowned  pianist

October 6, 1934 - Born Joan Cook (1934-   ) businesswoman & member of the Senate of Canada
November 6, 1934 - Born Rachel Browne (1934-2012) founder Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers

Deaths1934:
August 19, 1934 -
Died
Jean Blewett (1862-1934) journalist, novelist & poet
September 29, 1934 - Died
Dora Olive Thompson (1895-1934) author of books for young readers
November 16, 1934 - Died Margaret Gascoigne (   -1934) teacher who founded 'The Study' a school in Montreal
December 7, 1934 - Died
Mary Jane McQuesten (1849-1934) social activist who supported the Women's Foreign Mission Society of the Presbyterian Church

 

1935 1935 - 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.

Births 1935:
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 & 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, & 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 & short story writer
March 10, 1935 -
Born Suzanne "Suzy" Rochon Burnette (1935-2006) journalist & radio broadcaster
March 15, 1935 - Born Mary Frances Pratt (1935-2018)  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 Tryon (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
October 10, 1935 -
Born
Marge Linden (1935-3013) 1st woman all night disc jockey, Montreal radio
November 17, 1935 -
Born Audrey Thomas (1935-  ) novelist & journalist
December 22, 1935 - Born Marilyn Levine (1935-2005) artist & sculptor

Deaths 1935:
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.
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.
 
1936 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 2008.

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.

August 1- 16, 1936 - Olympic Games, Berlin, Germany: Aileen Meagher
(1910-1987), Dorothy 'Dot' Brookshaw (1912-1962), Mildred Jeannette Dolson (1918-2004) , & Hilda May Cameron (1912-2001) win bronze medal in the 4 X 100 metres race;  Elizabeth 'Betty' Garner Taylor-Campbell (1916-1977) wins a Bronze medal in the 80 Metre hurdles

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 mayor of a town in Canada, Webwood, Ontario

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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.

November 1936 -
The Governor General's Award in Literature is inaugerated

December 7, 1936 - Edra Isles Sanders Ferguson (1907-2011) in 1936 she was 1st woman elected as alderman in St Thomas, Ontario Sources: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013. Obituary, St Thomas Times Journal November 2011.

1936 - Girl Guide Cookies are now sold across Canada

December 10, 1936 -
King Edward Vlll signed a document that stetted he had renounced "the throne for myself and my descendants." The Following Day he made a radio broadcast where he told the nation and the Commonwealth that he had abdicated because he found he could not discharge the duties as king as he would wish to do without the help and support of the woman he loved [Wallace Simpson]

Births 1936:
1936 -
Born Marion Ironquill Meadmore (1936-   ), aboriginal social activist & lawyer
1936 -
Born Barbara A. Paterson (1936-   ) sculptor of Famous Five statue located in Alberta & Parliament Hill, Ottawa
January 22, 1936 -
Born
Rhea Whitehead (1936-2011) social activist & pacifist
January 25, 1936 -
Born Mary Elizabeth 'Mary Beth' Brugger Dolin (1936-1985) politician
February 15, 1936 -
Born Sherrill "Shay" Cheda (1936-2008) helped launch new feminism in the 1970's & fought to acknowledge women's roles in librarianship
March 1, 1936 -
Born Monique Bégin (1936-   ) federal cabinet minister who was responsible for old age security increases & the child tax credit
April 19, 1936 - Born Sharon Pollock (1936-   ) playwright & winner of the Governor General's Award
May 13, 1936 - Born Patricia Beatty (1936-   ) dancer & founder of the New Dance Group of Canada
May 17, 1936 - Born Aline Chrètien (1936 -    ) wife of Prime Minister Jean Chrètien (1934 -   )
May 30, 1936 - Born Ruta Lee (1936-   )  actor
June 26, 1936 - Born Marion Margaret Cuming  (1936-   ) artist who uses her talents to help emotionally disturbed children.
August 17, 1936 - Born Pat Annesley (1936-2012) journalist
August 28, 1936 - Born Violet Alice Lovelace (1936-2018) archer & archery businesswoman
September 15, 1936 -
Born
Hazel Desbarats (1936-2015) stage actor
September 17, 1936 -
Born Jennifer Dickson (1936-   ) visual artist
September 30, 1936 -
Born Donna Margaret Louise Blight (1936-2008) nurse & community activist
November 3, 1936 -
Born Judy Loman (1936-   ) harpist, Order of Canada
November 7, 1936 -
Born Audrey McLaughlin (1936-   ) 1st woman in Canadian History to lead a federal political party.
December 16, 1936 - Born Karleen Bradford (1936-   ) author of books for youth.
December 24, 1936 - Born Joan Elizabeth Humphrey (1936-2008) professional name J.J. McColl, Vancouver's 1st woman radio D. J.

Deaths 1936:
1936 - Died Edith Jessie Archibald (1854-1936) social activist for women's rights. A National Historic Person of Canada
March 13, 1936 - Died Lady Isabella 'Belle' Clark Lougheed (1861-1936) political wife & doyenne of Calgary, Alberta
May 1936 -
Died Léonise Valois (1888-1936) 1st woman to publish poetry in Quebec also a journalist
November 14, 1936 - Died Agnes Christina Laut (1871-1936) journalist & author who ventured into political commentary
 

1937 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

April 15, 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.

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 - Synchronized swimming is introduced in Canada at the Peterborough YWCA Source: History of the YWCA  http://www.ywcacanada.ca/ (accessed January 12, 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 country. 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.

Births 1937:
1937 -
Born Jane Millgate (1937-2019) author & academic
1937 -
Born Zanana L Akande (1937-   ) Member of Ontario Parliament
1937 -
Born Julie Loranger (1937-   ) diplomat
1937 -
Born Jane Millgate (1937-2019) author & academic
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 Marina van der Merwe (1937-   ) coach of field hockey
March 3, 1937 - Born Edythe Elizabeth Goodridge (1937-2015) social activist
March 31, 1937 -
Born Anna Mariana Terrana (1937-   ) politician

April 8, 1937 - Born Bernelda Winona Sakinasikwe Gordon (1917-2005) radio & TV broadcaster & social activist
June 8, 1937 - 
Born Cathy Townsend (1937-   ) 1st Canadian woman to win the Bowling Cup & member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
June 11, 1937 - Born Alice Katrina Loewen Chambers (1937-1999) scientist & 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 (1937-2017) champion golfer
October 6, 1937 -
Born Judith 'Judy' Kathleen Darling-Evans (1937-   ) champion golfer
December 1, 1937 -
Born Sheila Leah Fischman (1937-   ) translator specializing in works of contemporary Quebec literature.
December 23, 1937 -
Born Geills McCrae Kilgour Turner (1937 -   ) wife of Prime Minister John N. Turner (1929-   )

Deaths 1937:
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
 
1938 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

Births 1938:
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

May 10, 1938 - Born Sandra Rotman (1938-   ) philanthropist and community volunteer
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

Deaths 1938:
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
 
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1939-1945 - 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 2014)

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 1940

May 2, 1939 -
the National Film Board is created

September 10, 1939 - Canada declares war on Germany beginning participation in World War ll

1939 - There are an estimated 638,000 women in the paid work force in Canada

Winter 1939 - the Preston Rivulettes defeat the Winnipeg Olympics and Charlottetown Islanders at the Dominion  Women's Hockey Championship  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.

1939 - The Canadian Press votes Mary Rose Thacker (1922-1983), who won the North American Figure Skating Championships, the winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year

1939 - The
Department of Figure Skating becomes the Canadian Figure Skating Association. (in 2000 it is changed to Skate Canada)

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.

1939 -
The Canadian Home Economics Association is formed
Source: Herstory: the Canadian Women's Calendar 2000 (Silver anniversary edition) . Coteau Books, 1999 page 30.

1939 - The 1st Canadian Elizabeth Fry Society was established in Vancouver

1939 - The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is founded by Gweneth Lloyd (1901-1993) and Betty Farrally. (1915 - 1989) as the Winnipeg Dance Club renamed to Winnipeg Ballet in 1941  Sources: Memorable Manitobans Online (Accessed April 2014) ; The Canadian Encyclopedia Online (Accessed April 2014). Book: The Royal Winnipeg Ballet: the first forty years (1979).


1939 - Sabel McLaughlin  (1903-2002.) is the 1st woman to hold the position of president of the Canadian Group of Painters

1939 - Kay Martin -Snelgrove (1921-2005) begins delivering covert letters from the British War Office for delivery to the President of the United States under the direction of William Stevenson, also known as INTREPI.

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)

1939 - There are an estimated 638,000 women in the paid work force in Canada

Births 1939:
1939 -
Born  Sheila Cantor (1939-1988) internationally renowned researcher in the field of schizophrenia

1939 - Born- Elizabeth Parr-Johnston first woman president of the University of New Brunswick and member of the Order of Canada
January 11, 1939 -  Born Anne Heggtveit born Ottawa (1939-   ) Ontario. Olympic gold medalist in figure skating
February 10, 1939  - Born Adrienne Louise Clarkson (1939-   ) second woman to be appointed as Governor General of Canada
March 8, 1939 - Born Berta Lynn Seymour (1949-   ) dancer & choreographer
April 2, 1939 - Born Lise Tibault,  (1939-   ) Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
April 15, 1939 - Born Hugette Labelle (1939-   ) nursing teacher & civil servant
April 16, 1939 - Born Sandra Ann Djwa (1939-   ) author, biographer, & educator
May 29, 1939 - Born Dannica D'Hondt (1939-   ) actor & former Miss Canada
June 5, 1939 -
Born Margaret Hollingsworth (1939-   ) renowned playwright
June 22, 1939 - Born Lois Elizabeth Mitchell (1939-   ) 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
July 3, 1939 -
Born Renée Claude (1939-   ) singer
July 12, 1939 - Born Michele Landsberg-Lewis (1939-   ) journalist, author, public speaker, feminist & social activist
July 17, 1939 -
Born Gloria M. Gutman (1939-   ) gerontologist
July 19, 1939 -
Born Alexandra 'Sandy' Ferguson-Johnson (1939-   ) author served as President of the Canadian Council of Churches.
July 26, 1939 -
Born Catherine Callbeck, politician and business woman, former Premier of Prince Edward Island and Senator.
August 23, 1939 - Born Isabel Bassett (1939-   ) politician and broadcaster.
September 2, 1939 - Born Frances Elaine Keillor (1939-   ) musicologist & pianist
September 15,1939 - Born Sally Elizabeth Kemp (1939-   ) sports coach for basketball, hockey, volleyball and badminton.
October 5, 1939 
 Born Marie-Claire Blais, (1939 -   ) one of Quebec's finest contemporary authors
November 26, 1930 - Born Doreen "Betty" Allen Mullins (1930-  ) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League

Deaths 1939:
1939 -
Died
Corinne Bernard (1898-1939) a community social activist and volunteer in Manitoba
1939 - Born Glenda Simms (1939-   ) 1st Black woman appointed President of the Canadian Advisory Council & 1st appointed to this level of government.
January 9, 1939 - Died Sarah Foulds Camsell (1840-1939) pioneer of Red River Settlement, Manitoba.

January 23, 1939 - Died Mary Townsend Schaffer (1861-1939) historian & author 19th Century explorer in Canadian northwest
March 17, 1939 - Died Caroline Louise Josephine Wells (1977-1939) 1st Canadian woman dentist
March 27, 1939 -
Died
Constance Lindsay Skinner (1877-1939) journalist, poet, author & historian
June 2, 1939 - Died
Sara (Sarah) Mickle (1853-1939) local historian in Toronto.
December 14, 1939 -
Ruth Morton (1848-1939) west coast pioneer
December 22, 1939 - Died Evelyn Bolduc, (1888-1939) translator & author
 

   

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