1960 AD to 1969 AD
Events listed relate to Canadian women with a few
extra items added to give the timeline perspective.
This timeline is not all
If you wish more information on the
women listed in this timeline be sure and check the On The Job
1960 - Native
peoples living on reserves get the right to vote in federal
1960 - The Canadian Bill of Rights
become law. It
right to vote to aboriginal women without them losing their ‘Indian
status”. Previously any aboriginal Canadian wishing to have
the right to vote had to give up their ‘Indian Status. ‘
February 17, 1960 - The National Art Gallery opens in Ottawa.
February 28, 1960 - Anne Heggtveit (1939- ) wins Canada's 1st Olympic gold medal in skiing at the
Winter Olympic Games in Squaw Valley, Colorado,
U.S.A. Anne is awarded the Bobbie Rosenfeld
Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the year by the Canadian Press & the Lou Marsh Trophy
as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the Year
March 2, 1960 - Barbara Wagner
(1938- ) & Bob Paul
(1937- ) win gold
medals in pairs figure skating at the Winter Olympic Games at Squaw
June 7, 1960 - Gladys Muriel Porter
(1894-1967) is the 1st woman elected to the Nova Scotia
July 1, 1960 - Women and men
identified as Status Indians under the Indian Act are granted the
right to vote in federal elections without losing their treaty
Canadian Voice for Women for Peace is founded as a challenge from
Toronto Star columnist Lotta Dempsey.
Wajna, Great Canadian Women: Nineteen Portraits of Extraordinary
Women (Folklore Publishing, 2005)
1960 - Isabel Janet Macneill / MacNeill
(1908-1990) becomes the 1st woman prison warden when
she is appointed to head the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario.
Source: Herstory 2006: The Canadian Women’s Calendar. Coteau
Books, 2005) ; Macneill, Isabel 1908-1990. Fonds. Memory Nova
Scotia. Nova Scotia Public Archives. Online (Accessed October 2014)
1960- Mary Jane Wright (1915-2014)
becomes the 1st woman to chair a major psychology department at a
Source: Obituaries. Globe and Mail April 26, 2014; Laura
Bell,(2010) Mary Jean Wright
In A. Rutherford (Ed.), Psychology's Feminist Voices Multimedia
Internet Archive. Retrieved from http://www.feministvoices.com.
Online (Accessed August 2014)
1960 - The Ontario Training Schools for Girls ,
established in 1952 for young female offenders under the age of 16
December 1960 - Birth control pills are available
for purchase. to the general public
1960 - Marie Daria Haust (1921-
) becomes the first woman on the Medical Faculty, Queen's
University, Kingston, Ontario .
Sources: Science.: Profile
(Accessed June 2011); Canadian Who’s Who 2006 Toronto:
University of Toronto Press, 2005.
1960 - The 1st self-cleaning oven arrives in the home sales market.
1960 - Toronto Policewomen begin wearing wearing derby
style hats to prevent them from being mistaken for airline
stewardesses of Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) guides.
Source: Herstory: Milestones in the
History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June
1860 - Born Annie Louisa Prat (1861-1960) nova Scotia
1960 - Born Amanda C.J. Vincent (1960- ) marine
biologist & scientific researcher who works with seahorses.
1960 - Born Lauren Waters (1960 - )
acclaimed wood worker
January 9, 1960 - Born Lisa Young Walters (1960- )
February 14, 1960 - Born Meg Tilly1960- ) , actor
March 30, 1960 - Born Laurie Graham-Flynn, 1960- ) world
ski racing champion
April 2, 1960 - Born Stephanie Lemelin, (1960- ) international
April 8, 1960 - Born Pat Duncan, (1960- )Premier of the
May 28, 1960 - Born Gail Asper (1960- ) social
June 1, 1960 - Julie White (1960- ) track & field
high jump champion
June 22, 1960 - Born Denyse Julien,(1960- ) medal winning
July 13, 1960 - Born Gail Greenough (1960- ), champion
equestrian rider and member of the Order of Canada
July 19, 1960 - Born Jan Betker ( 1960- ) Member
of medal winning curling Team Schmirler
August 7, 1960 - Born Deborah Ellis (1960- )
Governor General Award winning author
September 18, 1960 - Born Gayle Frieson (1960- )
Award winning author of books for youth
1960 - Died Mary Letitia Lamb (1879- 1960)
missionary to China
April 4, 1960 - Died
Marie Rose Delorme-Smith (1861-1960) Métis pioneer
April 25, 1960 - Died
Elizabeth Dafoe (1900-1960) librarian
July 1960 - Died Carmen Elizabeth Clarke (1911-1960) in
Elizabeth became the first woman to write a son that sold over 1,
July 10, 1960 - Died Edith Louise Marsh ( ?-1960) historian.
July 20, 1960 - Died Maud Leonora Menten (1879-1960) 1st
Canadian woman to receive a medical doctorate in 1911
October 3, 1960 - Died Helena Rose
Gutteridge (1879-1960) 1st woman elected to Vancouver City Council
November 24, 1960 - Died Olga Alexandrova
Kulikovsky,(1882-1960) a Grand Duchess of the Russian Romanof family
she eloped and immigrated to Canada to live and work as farmers
February 1, 1961
is the 1st woman elected to the Nova Scotia House of
August 12, 1961-
Mary Stewart (1945- )
breaks the world record in Women's 100 m
Mary is awarded the Robbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female
Athlete of the year by the Canadian Press.
1961- Fitness and Amateur Sport Act outlines
involvement in development & promotion of fitness and amateur sport.
December 21, 1961 - Mary
Stewart (1945- )
is named Canada's woman athlete of the year.
1961 - Pauline
becomes the 1st
individual Canadian woman to appear on a Canadian postage stamp.
Jean Casselman -Wadds
the 1st woman appointed by the Canadian
Government as a delegate to the United Nations.
Sources: Obituary. Ottawa Citizen December 3, 2011.
1961 - E.V. 'Billie' Mitchell is the 1st woman
elected chair of the British Columbia Section of the Canadian Figure
Skating Association becoming the 1st woman on the National Board of
1961 - The C.C.F (Cooperative Commonwealth
Federation) party becomes the New Democratic
1961 - Women make up about 30% of the Canadian workforce with their pay some
2/3 of that of Canadian men. Source: The Timechart of
History of Canada by Meredith Macardle (2004)
1961 - 25% of Canadian engineers are women: 2.64% of Canadian lawyers
are Women: 4.49% of Canadian dentists are women; 7.33% of Canadian
medical doctors are women.
Source: Canadian Chronology
Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28,
1961 - 4.6% of Canadian girls graduating high school continue to
university studies. 11.3% of male high school graduates go on to
university studies. Source: Canadian Chronology
Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28,
1961 - Pampers disposable diapers become available to
purchase. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas :
women of the Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and
1961 - Born Francoise Baylis (1961- ) academic.
1961 - Born Silvia Pecota (1961- ) photographer
January 16, 1961 - Born Marie Bottrell (1961-
), country music writer and performer.
January 27, 1961 - Born Margo Timmins (1961- ) Lead singer in the award
winning group the Cowboy Junkies.
February 21,1963 - Born Rebecca "Becky" Grambo (1963-
) acclaimed nature author and photographer.
March 23, 1961 - Born
Marta Nielson (1961-2014) producer and
director of documentary films.
June 2, 1961 - Born Susan Jane Budge (1961- )
August 13, 1961 - Born Carolyn Ann Young (1961- )
historical researcher & author.
August 25, 1961 - Born Marie Saint Pierre
(1961- ), award winning
designer of clothing
September 24, 1961 - Born Nancy Ellen Garapick
(1961- ), Olympic medal
September 25, 1961 - Born Tracy Wilson (1961- )
international champion figure skater in ice dance, ist pair to win
an Olympic medal for Canada
1961 - Died
Flora Ann Campbell
(1883-1961) 1st policewoman hired by Ottawa Police Force.
February 15, 1961 - Died Evelyn
Jane Tanner Burns (1890-1961) Politician, and civil servant,
municipal official Rosser Manitoba for 48 years.
April 8, 1961 - Died
Phyllis Dewar(1916-1961), swimmer and member of the Canadian
Sports Hall of Fame.
May 10, 1961 - Died Anne Wilkinson (1890-1961) author, biographer and
July 12, 1961 - Died
Mazo de la Roche , author of the famous Jelna
October 9, 1961 - Died Anna
Sprott (1879-1961) founder of West Coast Radio School and Vancouver
November 6, 1961 - Died Hortense Crompton Gordon (1887-1961)early
Canadian abstract artist
December 2, 1961 - Died Lily J. Laverstok (1880 ? -1969) west
coast theatre impresario.
December 21, 1961 - Died Hughena
Dickson Elliott McCorquodale (1881-1961) journalist and editor of
the High River Times, Alberta.
||January 1, 1962 - The United Church Women (United Church of Canada)
came into being. Its purpose to unite women of the congregation for
the total mission of the United Church and to provide a medium
through which they may express their loyalty and devotion to Jesus
Christ in Christian Witness, study, Fellowship and Service.
Source: Voices of United Church Women 1962-2002.
Edited by Elizabeth Gillian Muir. (Toronto; United Church of Canada,
January 19, 1962 - Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Ellen
Fairclough (1905-2004), dismantled Discriminatory Policy. Perhaps her most significant accomplishment was the radical reform of
the government's "White Canada" immigration policy. Regulations tabled
in 1962 helped to eliminate racial discrimination in Canada's
immigration policy. Source: Historica : Black History-
http://blackhistorycanada.ca/timeline.php?id=1900 (Accessed March
1, 1962 - Saskatchewan introduces socialized
July 28, 1962 - Mary Stewart (1945- ) breaks the
world record in butterfly swimming, a record she will hold through to
August 16, 1963.She is the 1962 Tope Female Athlete of the Year as
voted by the Canadian Press for the second year in a row..
Source: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed
1962 - Norah Louise Hughes
(1905-1989) becomes the 1st woman to be
head of a Conference in the United Church of Canada.
September 3, 1962 -
The Trans-Canada Highway
December 5, 1962 - Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain
(1924- ) is the 1st woman
appointed to the Quebec provincial cabinet when appointed as
Minister without portfolio.
December 11, 1962 - The last execution in Canada
takes place in Toronto.
1962 - The Canadian
Nurses Foundation is established to promote health and
patient care in Canada by supporting nursing education and research.
1962 - The
drug Thalidomide that caused birth defects in new born babies, is removed from the Canadian market. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the
Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.
Canadian inventor Edward Asselbergs introduced his instant
mashed potatoes. Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the
Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg
Born Wafa Dabbagh (1962- 2012) 1st woman to wear a
religious head covering in the Canadian Armed Forces.
1962 - Died
Ida Lewis Siegel
(1885-1962) social activist in the Toronto Jewish community.
February 28, 1962 - Born Rae Dawn Chong
(1962- ), actress.
February 29, 1962 - Born Sylvie Daigle,(1962-
), Olympic medal winning speed skater
March 13, 1962 - Born Rukhana "Roxy" Khan (1962-
March 20, 1962 - Born Tina Keeper (1962- ) actor,
director, producer and politician.
March 28, 1962 - Born Jann Arden (1962- ), award winning singer
April 22, 1962 - Born Suhana Meharchand (1962-
), award winning television news
June 12, 1962 - Born Camilla Scott (1962- ), TV Personality and actress.
June 24, 1962 - Born Barbara Underhill
(1962- ), champion skater in pairs with
partner Paul Martini.
August 12, 1962 - Born Robin Marie Corsiglia-Scholefield (1962-
) champion & Olympic medal winning swimmer.
October 28, 1962 - Born
Brenda Taylor (1959- ) Olympic medalist in rowing.
December 23, 1962 - Born Sarah 'Sass' Jordan (1962-
) Canadian rock singer.
Susan Mellett Bowen (1870-1962) Anglican Church
missionary to the Canadian northwest.
Died Frances Emily Lynch (1900-1962) one of the 1st Roman
Catholic women lawyers in Ontario.
Died Lady Elsie Elizabeth Allardyce (1878-1962) founder of Girl
Guides in Newfoundland.
1962 - Died
Mary Helen Irwin Rutnam (1873-1962) Medical
missionary in Ceylon who established the Women's Institute in
March 3, 1962 - Died Cairine Wilson (1885-1962) First woman appointed to
the Canadian Senate.
June, 1962 - Died
Sandra Tewksbury (1942-1962) Olympic figure skater.
||April 1963 - Federal Social Insurance Cards are given
1963 - CUPE = Canadian Union of Public Employees is
formed with the merger of NUPE = National Union of Public Employees
and NUPSE = National Union of Public Service Employees.
1963 - Fern Alexander of the Toronto Police is the 1st
woman in Canada to be appointed to the rank of Inspector.
Source: Herstory: Milestones in
the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed
1963 - Marlene Streit
(1934- ) wins three tournaments,
including the Canadian Open and Canadian Closed Golf tournaments and
is awarded the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award by the Canadian Press as
Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the year.
Ringette, an on ice women's sport invented in
Canada, is introduced in North Bay Ontario by the town's
Parks and Recreation Director, Sam Jacks. The first-ever- "game" was
played in the winter in Espanola, Ontario. Source:
British Empire/Commonwealth Games - Mary Stewart
(1945- ), wins a gold
medal (100 m butterfly), 2 silver medals and a bronze medal in
Source: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed June
1963-1965 - Jocelyn Bourassa (1947-
) wins the Quebec Junior Golf Championships beginning her
long championship career.
1963 - Nancy McCredie at just 17 breaks the Canadian
women's shot put record by 10 feet!
1963 - The Miss Canada Pageant is televised
for the 1st time.
Born Judy McClintock-Messer (1963- ), World Champion water skier.
1963 - Born Urszula Torkarska (1963- ) international mountain
climber, first Canadian to climb the world's 7 tallest peaks.
January 13, 1963 - Born Linda Frum (1963- ) Gemini Award
February 15, 1963 - Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond (1963- ) Legal
council for the Native Women's Association of Canada.
February 21, 1963 - Born Lori Fung(1963- ), Gold medalist in Rhythmic Gymnastics in 1984 Los Angeles Olympics
February 26, 1963 - Born Gillian Johnson Shakespeare (1963 -
) award winning author of books for youth.
March 29, 1963 - Born Patricia Gwen Barlee
(1963-2017) British Columbia environmentalist.
June 11, 1963 - Born Sandra Schmirler
(1963-2000), World and Olympic Champion curler.
September 1963 - Born
Kirsten Bishopric (1963-2014) actress of stage, television & movies.
September 6, 1963 - Born Angela Chalmers (1963- ) medal
winning track & field star.
September 12, 1963 -
Born Shannon Crawford (1963- ) Olympic medalist in rowing.
December 1, 1963 -
Born Natalie Lambert (1963-
) Olympic medalist in speed skating
Kate Rice (1883-1963) pioneer prospector. Member
Canadian Mining Hall of Fame
Jean Ethel MacLachian (1875-1963) First person to be a Saskatchewan
Juvenile Court Judge.
Helena Walker (1867-1963) first woman elected as
alderman in Regina Saskatchewan.
Died Bylee Fay Lang (1908-1963)
Died Martha Ostenso, (1900-1963) author and social worker.
1963 - Died Gertrude Balmer Watt (1873-1963) journalist
January 3, 1963 - Died Dorothy Sproule (1868-1963) poet.
January 22, 1963 - Died Irma LeVasseur (1878-1964) the first woman to
practice medicine in the province of Quebec and pediatric care
February 25, 1963 - Died Edith Berkeley (1875-1963) world
authority on the classification of marine worms and noted botanist.
March 17, 1963 - Died Jeanne
Lydia Branda - Sister Marie Thomas d'Aquin (1877-1963) religious
leader and poet.
April 6, 1963 -
Thais Frémont (1886-1963) social activist
April 10, 1963 - Died Anna Judson Rossborough Mair (1889-1963)
a recognized nurse.
May 31, 1963 - Died
Grace MacLennan Grant Campbell
(1895-1963) award winning novelist.
July 27, 1963 - Died Henrietta Hancock Britton (1873-1963)
painter and teacher.
August 19, 1963 - Died Kathleen Parlow (1890-1963) international
December 30, 1963 - Died Isabel Constance Mary Stanley (Lady
Stanley (1875-1963) daughter of Governor General Stanley &
proponent of hockey.
The province of Quebec passes a law to give wives full legal rights
including having joint control with her husband over marital
property and full control over her own property allowing her the
right to make a contract in her own name.
(Statutes of Quebec 1964
c. 66 s.1)
The Ontario Female Refugee Act, in effect since 1894, allowed an
person to bring before a judge any female under the age of 21 who
was considered ‘unmanageable’ or ‘incorrigible’ ( including unwed
mothers) so that the individual’s fate could be determined. (i.e.
that she should become committed to an institution or not) An
Jury was convened to investigate controversial allegations against
the Ontario Mercer Reformatory for Women.
1964 - Jeanne Fisher Manery (1908-1986.) is the 1st woman appointed professor in the
Department of Biochemistry at the
1964 - Mary "Bonnie" Baker (1919?-2003)
member of the All American Girls Baseball
League becomes the 1st female sports caster
on CKRM Radio in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Source: Baker, Mary "Bonnie", City of Regina: 2008
www.Regina.ca (accessed September
(1893-1988) is president of the National Council of
Source: Vancouver Hall of Fame Online (accessed November 2012.
Games women are finally allowed to play team sports when women’s
volleyball, considered a non contact sport, is accepted into the
1964 - Petra Burka (1946- )
the Canadian Champion and Bronze Medal winner at the Winter
Olympic Games in figure Skating wins the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award from
the Canadian Press as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the year.
Born Sherry Hawco Delanty (1964-1991) Canadian Olympian in
Born Hana Zalzal (1964 - ) award winning businesswoman
Born Cornelia Wieman (1964- ) Canada's 1st female aboriginal
psychiatrist in 1993.
January 9, 1964 -
Born Lorie Kane (1964- ) champion golfer.
January 31, 1964 -
Born Sylvie Bernier (1964- ),
1st Canadian to win a medal in Olympic diving.
July 25, 1964 - Born Lisa Laflamme (1964- )
journalist and TV broadcaster with CTV National news.
September 11, 1964 - Born Leah Pells (1964- ) Track and field athlete.
October 27, 1964 - Jill Hetherington - Hultquist Olympic
1964 - Died lice
Marion Curtis (1877-1964) social activist in Home and School
1964 - Died Miriam Green Ellis (1879-1964) celebrated
journalist in the Canadian prairies
1964 - Died
Mary Isabel Ross Pinkham (1878-1964) social activist
March 25, 1964 - Died Pearl McCarthy, (1895-1964) journalist and art
April 4, 1964 - Died
Sarah Ramsland (1882-1964) is the 1st woman elected
to the Saskatchewan legislature.
April 15, 1964 - Died Alice Wilson
(1881-1964) a paleontologist, the 1st woman elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
June 29, 1964 - Died
Laura Emma Jamieson (1883-1964) British Columbia
Juvenile court judge, Vancouver alderman and Member of B.C.
August 26, 1964 - Died
Cora Bell Ahrens
(1891-1964) teacher, lecturer, and pianist
||February 15, 1965 - The now familiar red maple leaf flag becomes the
official national flag of Canada. It is flown for the 1st time
March 4, 1965 - Petra Burka
(1946- ), wins the women's title at the world figure skating championships in
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A. She is declared winner of the
Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year by
the Canadian Press for the second year in a row & winner of the Lou
Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the Year
1965 - The Ontario Federation of Labour
establishes its first women’s committee, chaired by Grace Hartman,
then a Vice-President of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE
1965 - Grace MacInnis
(1905-1991) is the
1st woman elected to the British Columbia House of Commons.
Source: British Columbia
Federation of Labour.
1965 - Phyllis
'Pat' Grosskurth (1924-2015) is the 1st woman professor hired in the English
the University of Toronto.
Lisa Fitterman, ’Phyllis Grosskurth: Brilliant biographer relished a
challenge’ , The Globe and Mail, August 28, 2015; Diana Hall,
‘Biographer Phyllis Grosskurth a fiery literary force ‘, The
Toronto Star, August 9, 2015.
becomes the 1st deaf student to graduate a university in Canada.
1965 - The Government of Canada decides to continue to employ women in the
Canadian Armed Forces. A ceiling of 1500 members, including women in
all three services, is established. This limit represents about 1.5%
of the total Canadian Armed Forces of the day. Source
"Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces
Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.
1965 - Jocelyn Bourassa (1947-
) wins the Quebec Golf Championship as well as Canadian
Ladies Amateur top title as part of her national and international
1965 - Born Jane Young Cooper (1965- ) tennis
1965 - Born Bonnie Schmidt (1965- ) a
scientist who is able to popularize her field for youth, Order of
January 31, 1965 - Born Ofra Harnoy (1965- ) cellist
March 16, 1965 - Born Sarah Hunter, (1965- )
wheelchair tennis player
March 20, 1965 - Born Mary Shaw (1965- ) author of
children's books with hockey themes
March 27, 1965 - Born Jean Chamberlain Froese (1965-
) medical doctor founder of 'Save the Mothers'
April 11, 1965 - Born Yonah Martin (1965- ) the
first Korean Canadian Parliamentarian, appointed to the Senate.
June 8, 1965 - Born Joan Elizabeth McCusker ( 1965 -
) member of medal winning curling Team Schmerler
July 17, 1965 - Born Carrie Serwetnyk, (1965- ) Award
winning international soccer star.
August 7, 1965 - Born Elizabeth Manley (1965- ) , Olympic medalist in figure
August 22,1965 - Born Patricia Hy-Boulais (1965-
), Canadian champion tennis
August 28, 1965 -
Born Shania Twain (1965- ), country/Pop singer and song writer.
September 8, 1965 - Born Marcia Gudereit (1965- )
Medal winning team member of of Team Schmerler in Curling.
November 10, 1965 -
Born Marni Abbott-Peter (1965- ) medal winning
para-athelete in Swimming and wheelchair basketball.
November 27, 1965 -
Born Kathleen Heddle (1965 - ) Gold medal Olympic
December 4, 1965 -
Born Theresa Breen (1965- ) Champion curler.
December 6, 1965 -
Born Theresa Breen (1965- ) champion in the sport of
December 12, 1965 - Born Mina Shum (1965- ) award winning
independent film director.
Marjorie Mews (1902-1965) renouned Maritime librarian.
Died Regina Mary "Polly" Rowell Craig (1882-1965) pioneer land
owner in Regina Saskatchewan.
Died Viola Desmond (1914-1965) first black woman to
challenge discrimination successfully in Canada.
January 21, 1965 - Born Jackie
Shymanski (1965-2016) journalist with CTV & CNN
January 31, 1965 - Died Isabella Preston, (1881-1965) first
professional hybridist in Canada.
March 19, 1965 - Died
Violet Pooley Sweeny (1886-1965) champion west
April 12, 1965 - Died Hilda Mary
Slayter (1882-1965) a survivor of the Titanic
April 23, 1965 - Died Annie Ella Higbee (1864 -1965)
indomitable early Canadian woman doctor
April 28, 1965 - Died
May Lawson (1901-1965) Singer for choirs
and opera in Manitoba
July 12, 1965 - Died Irene Parlby (1868-1965) one of the "Famous
Five" who worked on the Persons Case 1929.
September 20, 1965 - Died
Madge MacBeth (1878-1965) multimedia author with over
20 novels to her credit.
November 22, 1965 - Died Edith Stewart-Murray 1900-1965) journalist
on the Canadian west coast.
The declaration of Elimination Discrimination Against Women
is adopted by the United Nations.
career choices sees the number of women in the Canadian military drop
to 900 members in the regular services. . Source: Women in the
Military. The Canadian Encyclopedia Online
1966 - The Ontario provincial government passes legislation
for universal Health Care.
1966 - The Government of British Columbia passes the
Maternity Protection Act giving women rights to maternity leave
May 3, 1966 - Representative of 32 different women's groups
forms the Committee for the Equality of Women in Canada. It is to
lobby the federal government. for a Royal Commission on the Status
1966 - Jessie
Gray ( - 1978) is the
1st woman elected to the Science Council of
June 6, 1966 - The
Presbyterian Church of Canada agrees to the ordination of women as
elders and ministers.
The Canadian government establishes the Canada Pension Plan
which is payable to eligible persons dependant on earning paid to
all Canadians over 65 years of age.
only 530 women enlisted in the RCAF
Source: A Brief History. RCAF Women.
1966 - Dr Marion Powell
-1997), helps launch the 1rst municipally
funded birth control clinic in the country.
1966 - Jean Sutherland Boggs (1922-2014) is appointed as Director of the
National Gallery of Canada and becomes
1st woman in the world to head up a national art gallery.
Source Canada Women's
Foundation. History of the women's movement: selected moments of
importance in the history of Canadian women , 2004
1966 - Jean
Edmonds (1921- )
the 1st woman executive in the federal government as an executive
director with the Department of Manpower and
1966 - Marjorie Bowker
is appointed Alberta's 1st woman Family
1966 - Elaine Tanner-Watts
(1951- ) at 15 becomes Canada's outstanding athlete of the year, the
youngest person to ever receive this Lou Marsh Trophy. She also won
the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete.
A federal government committee considers amendments to the Criminal
Code of Canada on abortion. It is estimated that 35,000 to 120,000
illegal abortions are performed each year.
Source : A History of Abortion in
(accessed July 30, 2003)
Marie E. Tracey
O'Donnell (1966- ) is elected a bencher of
the Law Society of Upper Canada, the 1st Aboriginal woman ever
May 12, 1966 -
Ottenbrite (1966- ), the 1st Canadian woman to win an Olympic
gold medal in swimming
May 21, 1966
Born Lori-Ann Muenzer ( 1966- ) Gold medal Olympic
athlete in Cycling, businesswoman & author
May 31, 1966 - Born Jessica Monroe-Gonin (1966- )
medal winning Olympic rower
September 9, 1966 - Born Alison Sydor (1966- ) world
champion mountain biker
September 21, 1966 - Born Kerrin Lee-Gartner (1966-
), Olympic gold medalist in downhill skiing
1966 - Died Dr.
Rowena Grace Douglas Hume (1877-1966) indomitable woman doctor
January 6, 1966- Died Yvonne Millicent Firkins ( - 1966)
theatre producer and director
January 27, 1966 - Died
Elizabeth Wyn Wood (1903-1966) well known sculptor who has left a
legacy of statues & fountains in municipalities across Canada
February 1966 -
Died Ellen Neel (1916-1966) carver of totem poles
Victoria Chung (Cheung) (1897-1966)
Canadian medical doctor who helped modernize medicine in China
June 5, 1966
- Died Dorothy
Stevens (1888-1966) Portrait and figure painter
November 14, 1966 - Died
Jeanne St Laurent (1886-1966) wife of Prime Minister
Louis St Laurent (1882-1973)
December 6, 1966 - Died Yoshiko Kasahara (1912-1966) noted
February 16, 1967 - the Royal Commission on the Status of
Women is created . The commission would produce a report with 167
recommendations relating to such issues as birth control, family law
equal pay and maternity leave.
- Marianne Linnell
(1914-1990) is the only woman member on Canada's Centennial
Source: The Vancouver Hall of Fame online (Accessed November
1967 - The United Nations adopts the Declaration of
Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.
1967 - Canada's Secretary of
State Judy LaMarsh (1924-1980)
presides over Canada's Centennial events with great flair.
April 25, 1967 - The Canadian Armed Forces unites the
army, air force and navy.
April 27, 1967 - Expo '67 opens in
July 1, 1967 - Canada
Centennial of Confederation is celebrated.
- The Order of Canada is established.
1967 - Mary Elizabeth Kinnear (1898-1991)
is appointed to the Senate of Canada. She retires from the senate in
Source: Obituary, New York Times, December 28, 1991. ; Senate
of Canada Biographies Online (accessed July 2014)
who married while they were employed by the New Brunswick provincial
government lost their jobs; some married women could be hired as
casuals but not as permanent employees. Women had to be separated or
divorced or married to an unemployable man before they could be
considered for permanent employment. This was a common practice
among employers. Note that men who married often received a bonus
from their employer
Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Celebrating
Achievers; Behind Every Successful Woman Are All the Women Who Came
Before Her., September 2002. Online (accessed January 2016)
1967 - The village of Tweed, Ontario is the 1st in Canada to
have an all women municipal council.
1967 - Elaine Tanner-Watts (1951- ) is the
1st Canadian woman to win 2 gold and 3 silver medals in swimming at
the Pan-American Games.
1967 - Joni Mitchel
(1943- ) releases her 1st album
Song to a seagull
1967 - The Canadian TV
show , Mr. Dressup is aired for the 1st time. Generations
of children will grow up watching this show. Source :
Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the Great White North
by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002.
1967 - Nancy Greene (1943-
), wins the 1st woman’s season
championship in the World Cup of ski racing. She wins the final race
of the season by seven-hundredths of a second. The Canadian Press
votes her winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope
Female Athlete of the Year & the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top
Overall Athlete of the Year
1967 - The 1st Dominion Ladies Hockey Tournament
is held in Brampton, Ontario, with 22 teams and players ranging in
age from 9 to 50 competing. Sources:
A history of Women's Hockey for Dummies. On line accessed January
1967 - Canada's Women's Basketball team wins is 1st medal, a bronze.
1967 - Pat Messner (1954-
) earns the Ontario Centennial Sports Achievement Award. Pat
is an Nation, international and Olympic medalist in water skiing.
1967 - Born - Julia S. Shin Dol (1967- ) lawyer &
co-founder of the Korean Canadian Lawyers association
1967 - Born ManJusha R. Pawagi (1967 - )
journalist, Lawyer & author of children's books
January 27, 1967 - Born Susan Aglukark (1967- )
renowned Canadian entertainer
January 31, 1967 - Born Shauna Rolston ( 1967- )
internationally known cello player
February 13, 1967 - Kate Pace Lindsay (1967- )
competed internationally with the Federation International du ski
(FIS) World Cup circuit 64 times in downhill and super G.
February 20 , 1967- Born Theresa Anne Luke (1967-
) medal winner and member Canadian Olympic rowing team in the 1990"s.
May 27, 1967 - Born Tracey Wainman (1967- ) champion
July 1, 1967- Born Pamela Anderson (1967- ) actor
July 12, 1967 - Born Tonya Lee Williams (1967- )
award winning actor
October 9, 1967- Born Carling Bassett-Seguso (1967-
) award winning tennis player
December 29, 1967 - Born Ashleigh Banfield (1967- )
Emmy winning news anchor.
1967 - Died Eudoxia Sorochan Shewchuk ( -1967) Ukrainian
- Canadian pioneer
1967 - Died Geraldine Bertram Wright ( -1967)
3rd woman called to the Bar in Ontario 1907
1967 - Died
Florence Harvey (1878-1968) member of Canada's Golf
Hall of Fame
April 30, 1967 - Died
Muriel Porter (1894-1967) 1st woman elected to the Nova Scotia
May 11, 1967 - Died Margaret McTavish Konantz (1899-1967)
International welfare organizer
June 15, 1967- Died Ellen
Harris ( 1904-1967) prominent west coast broadcast journalist
July 27, 1967 - Died Mildred Valley Thornton
(1890-1967) an artist who captured Canadian Native life on the
prairies & the west coast
September 6, 1967 - Died Katherine Pinkerton
(1887-1967) author of books about wilderness living in Northern
September 19, 1967 - Died Monica Proiette (1940-1967) 'Machine
Gun Molly '
||1968 - The Olympic Committee conducts gender tests for the first
time in internationals sports at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble,
February 17, 1968 - Nancy Greene (1943-
) wins gold medal
in the giant slalom at the the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble,
March 26, 1968 - Nancy Greene (1943-
) world winning skier announces her retirement from
competition. The Canadian Press votes her winner of the Bobbie
Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year & the Lou
Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the Year for the
second year in a row
1968 - Sandra Post (1948- ) beats Kathy Whitworth by seven strokes in a
playoff to become the first non-US player and
rookie to win the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
1968 - The Canadian Association of
Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) is
conceived and was incorporated as a voluntary non-profit
organization in 1978. By 2000 there are 22 member societies across
1968 - Canadian divorce laws are
reformed allowing for divorce on the basis of marital breakdown as
well as for adultery and mental or physical cruelty.
The Royal Commission on the Status of Women begins.
1968 - Elaine Tanner-Watts (1951-
) becomes the 1st Canadian women to win an Olympic Medal in
swimming bringing home two silver and one Bronze medal.
Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia. - online. Information
provided by Thomas Brandenberg.: aquestbeyondgold.ca The Elaine
Tanner-Watt website (Accessed January 2013)
1968 - Bea Irwin,
previously a partner in her husbands toy
business, takes over the business when her husband dies.
Source: I Know that name: the people behind Canada's
Best known Band Names...by Mark Kearney and Randy Ray (Toronto,
Hounslow Book, 2002.
1968 - Michaelle Jean, (1957- ),a future
Governor General of Canada, emigrates to Canada with her family from
Haiti Source: web pages of the Governor General of
Canada. www.gg.ca (accessed March 2007)
1968 - The Chargex credit Card (later renamed VISA)
in now available in Canada.
Source : Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas : women of the
Great White North by Ann Douglas Toronto, McArthur and Co., 2002. pg
Born Shelley Gauthier (1968- ) 1st woman
tricycle (T1) rider on international para Cycling scene
1968 - Born Qui Xai Her (1968- ) musician
1968 - Born Isabella Pain (1968- ) Inuit mediator
January 28, 1968 - Born Marnie McBean (1968-
) medal winning rower
January 28, 1968 - Born Sarah McLachlin (1968-
) a singer whose songs convey a passionate honesty
March 14, 1968 - Born Megan Fallows (1968- )
TV and movie actor
March 26, 1968 - Born Jennifer Kristen Barnes (1968-
) medal winning Olympic rower
March 30, 1968 - Born Céline Dion, international singing star
August 5, 1968 - Born Terri Clark (1968- )
award winning country singer
September 1, 1968 - Born Michelle Buckingham (1968-
) medal winning Judo champion
Died Julia Crawford (1896-1968) artist & teacher.
Died Gladys Elizabeth Matheson Crim (1892-1968) respected nurse on
Nellie Langford Rowell (1874-1968) social activist &
1968 - Born Wendy Sloboda (1968 - ) paleontologist.
1968 - Died
Mary Barrett Speechly (1873-1968) social activist & member Women's
January 9, 1968 - Died Kathleen May
Redman Strange (1896-1968) author
January 13, 1968 - Died Jocelyne Binet (1923-1968) composer, pianist
January 14, 1968 - Died Florence Wyle (1881-1968) a sculptor who made
several Canadian War Memorials and is represented in numerous art
February 3, 1968 - Died
Margaret MacDonald (1910-1968) Member of Parliament who filled the
seat of her husband.
February 5, 1968 - Died Frances Loring (1887-1968) artist and
sculptor, co-founder of the Sculptors Society of Canada.
March 9, 1968 - Died
Kathleen Wilhelmina Ellis
(1887-1968) nurse & nursing author.
March 22, 1968 - Died Margaret Iris Duley (1895-1968) author, first
woman of Newfoundland to be recognized outside her home province.
August 9, 1968 - Died Dr. Norma Ford Walker (1893-1968) well known
medical researcher of childhood diseases.
August 11, 1968 - Died Isabelle Atkinson
(1891-1968) feminist, journalist President of the Canadian Consumers
August 21, 1968 - Died Germaine Gévremont (1900-1968)
journalist & award winning author.
September 2, 1968 - Died Ethel Johns, (1879-1968) nurse,
October 18, 1968 - Died Elizabeth "Betsey" Flaherty (1881?-1968)
pioneer woman pilot
December 26, 1968 - Died
Maryon Elspeth Pearson (1901-1968) wife of Lester Bowels Pearson
(1897-1972) winner Nobel Peace Prize & Prime Minister of
The Federal government amends the Criminal Code
of Canada so that it is no longer an offence to disseminate
information on birth control. Also the same sex sexual acts
between consenting adults are no longer criminal.
36% of the students attending undergraduate studies at university are
Source: Canadian Chronology
Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28,
May 1969 - Toronto Police Commission Chairman, C.O. Bick
states that, although there is no rule, he feels that "The woman's
place is in the home with her child.". A woman is refused employment
on the grounds that she has young children.
Source: Herstory: Milestones in the
History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June
Lidstone (1938- ) is 1st Canadian to win
a World Target Archery
Championships in Valley Forge,
U.S.A. Source: Federation of Canadian Archers.
August 9, 1969 -
The Government of Saskatchewan names four small islands in the
North Saskatchewan River, near North Battleford, for
(1845-1932) the 1st certified teacher in Red
Source: Dorval, Onésime (1845-1932) Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan.
Online (Accessed May 2014)
Canadian Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Union is formed to oversee
events and sanction national championships. This group merged with
the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union in 1978.
September 1969 - Pedestal, one of Canada's 1st
feminist periodicals is published as the voice of the Vancouver
Woemen's Caucus that was known for starting the Abortion Carivan
that closed down the Canadian Parliament. The publication ceased in
1974 and was resurected for one more year in 1975.
1969 - Debbie Brill
(1953- ) is the 1st North American woman to clear 6' in the high jump.
Source: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed March
1969 - Beverly Boys
(1951- ) Canadian champion &
winner of the English diving championships is voted by
the Canadian Press winner of the Bobbie
Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Tope Female Athlete of the Year.
1969 - Margaret Atwood
(1939- ) publishes her 1st novel Edible woman.
Access to abortion is applied unevenly and often unfairly across the
country. Women can wait an average of 8 weeks for an abortion. Some
provinces refuse to provide any abortion services at all and abortion
is largely unavailable to women outside major cities.
Source : A History of abortion in Canada.
(accessed July 30, 2003)
Ontario Mercer Reformatory for Girls, originally opened in 1872 is
closed after controversial allegations of torture, beatings and
experimental drugs and medical procedures were investigated.
1969 - Born Leanne Allison (1969- ) social activist,
January 19, 1969 - Born Angela Cutrone (1969- ),
Olympic medalist in speed skating.
March 20, 1969 - Born Caroline Brunet (1969- ), champion in kayak and one of
Canada outstanding Female Athletes of the Year.
March 30, 1969 - Born Susan Juby(1969- ), author
May 11, 1969 - Born Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016) award winning
August 3, 1969 - Born Anne Marie Loder (1969- ), accomplished TV and movie actress.
August 6, 1969 - Born Kristyn Dunnion (1969 - ) author
of books for young readers.
August 21, 1969 - Born Josée Chouinard(1969- ), champion Canadian figure skater.
November 7, 1969 - Born Tanya Dubincoff (1969- )
first Canadian woman to be World Champion in track cycling.
Died Elizabeth Rebecca Laird (1874-1969), a
Physics teacher & college administrator. who after she retired she
became a researcher.
May 5, 1969 - Died
Sara Corning (1872-1969) a nurse and
heroine who save 5000 Armenian children in 1922.
July 23, 1969 - Died
Ada Jane Fairlina Kent (1888-1969) musician
November 4, 1969 - Died Violet Alice Dryvynsyde (1888-1969) An
educator who opened her own school and published books.
November 19, 1969 - Died Vera Cryderman (1897-1969) an artist who
worked in several medium helped establish Visual Arts in colleges.
December 21, 1969 - Died Ellen Ballon (1898-1969) child prodigy and
internationally renowned pianist.
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