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

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1960

 

1960 - Native peoples living on reserves get the right to vote in federal elections.

1960 - The Canadian Bill of Rights become law.  It
grants the 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.

March 2, 1960 - Barbara Wagner (1938-   ) & Bob Paul (1937-   ) win gold medals in pairs figure skating at the Winter Olympic Games at Squaw Valley.

June 7, 1960 - Gladys Muriel Porter (1894-1967) is the 1st woman elected to the Nova Scotia Provincial Legislature.

1960 -
Canadian Voice for Women for Peace is founded as a challenge  from Toronto Star columnist Lotta Dempsey. Source: Lisa 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 university. 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 are closed.

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.  Finally!!!!

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 2011.

Births 1960:
1860 -
Born Annie Louisa Prat (1861-1960) nova Scotia artist
1960 -
Born Amanda C.J. Vincent (1960-   ) marine biologist and scientific researcher who works with seahorses.
1960 -
Born Lauren Waters (1960 -  )
acclaimed wood worker.
February 14, 1960 - Born Meg Tilly1960-  ) , actress.
March 30, 1960 - Born Laurie Graham, 1960-  )  ski racing champion.
April 2, 1960 - Born Stephanie Lemelin, (1960-  ) international renowned musician
April 8, 1960 - Born Pat Duncan, (1960-  )Premier of the Yukon 2000-2002.
May 28, 1960 - Born Gail Asper (1960-  ) social activist.
June 22, 1960 - Born Denyse Julien,(1960-  ) medal winning badminton player.
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 Schmerler. 
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.

Deaths 1960:
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
1949. Elizabeth became the first woman to write a son that sold over 1, 000,000 copies!
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) first 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.
 

1961 February 1, 1961 - Gladys Porter (1893-1967) is the 1st woman elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly

August 12, 1961-
Mary Stewart  (1945-   ) breaks the world record in Women's 100 m butterfly.

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 Johnson (1861-1913.) becomes the 1st individual Canadian woman to appear on a Canadian postage stamp.

1961 -
Jean Casselman -Wadds (1920-2011) is the 1st woman appointed by the Canadian Government as a delegate to the United Nations. Sources: Obituary. Ottawa Citizen December 3, 2011.

1961 -
The C.C.F (Cooperative Commonwealth Federation) party becomes the New Democratic Party.

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, 2003)

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, 2003)



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 Co., 2002.

Births 1961:
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-   ) orienteering champion
August 25, 1961 -
Born Marie Saint Pierre (1961-   ), award winning designer of clothing
September 24, 1961 - Born Nancy Ellen Garapick (1961-   ), Olympic medal winning swimmer.

Deaths 1961:
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 poet.
July 12, 1961 - Died Mazo de la Roche , author of the famous Jelna series.
October 9, 1961 - Died
Anna Sprott (1879-1961) founder of West Coast Radio School and Vancouver alderman.
November 6, 1961 - Died Hortense Crompton Gordon (1887-1961)early Canadian abstract artist and teacher.
December 2, 1961 - Died Lily J. Laverstok (1880 ? -1969) west coast theatre impresario.
 

1962 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, 2002.)

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- Timeline http://blackhistorycanada.ca/timeline.php?id=1900 (Accessed March 2007)

July 1, 1962 - Saskatchewan introduces socialized Medicare.

July 28, 1962 - Mary Stewart (1945-   ) breaks the world record in butterfly swimming, a record she will hold through to August 16, 1963.
Source:  British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed June 2008)

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 opens.

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. Source :  http://www.canadiannursesfoundation.com/

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.


1962 - 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 19.

Births 1962:
1962 -
Born Wafa Dabbagh (1962- 2012) 1st woman to wear a religious head covering in the Canadian Armed Forces.
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-   ), author
March 28, 1962 -
Born Jann Arden (1962-   ), award winning singer
April 22, 1962 -
Born Suhana Meharchand (1962-   ), award winning television news journalist.
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.

Deaths 1962:
1962 -
Died
Susan Mellett Bowen (1870-1962) Anglican Church missionary to the Canadian northwest.
1962 -
Died  Frances Emily Lynch (1900-1962) one of the 1st Roman Catholic women lawyers in Ontario.
1962 -
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 Ceylon.
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.  
 

1963 April 1963 - Federal Social Insurance Cards are given to Canadians.

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 June 2011.

1963 -
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: Ringette Canada.

1963 - British Empire/Commonwealth Games -  Mary Stewart (1945-    ), wins a gold medal (100 m butterfly), 2 silver medals and a bronze medal in swimming. 
Source: British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame Online (Accessed June 2008)

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!



Births 1963:
1963 -
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 winning journalist
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.

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.
December 1, 1963 - Born Natalie Lambert (1963-   ) Olympic medalist in speed skating


Deaths 1963:
1963 -
Died
Kate Rice (1883-1963) pioneer prospector. Member Canadian Mining Hall of Fame
1963 -
Died
Jean Ethel MacLachian (1875-1963) First person to be a Saskatchewan Juvenile Court Judge.
1963 -
Died
Helena Walker (1867-1963) first woman elected as alderman in Regina Saskatchewan.
1963 -
Died Bylee Fay Lang (1908-1963) sculptor.

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 pioneer.
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 - Died
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 violinist
December 30, 1963 - Died Isabel Constance Mary Stanley (Lady Stanley (1875-1963) daughter of Governor General Stanley & proponent of  hockey.
 

1964 1964 - 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.

1964 -
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 Ontario Grand 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 University of Toronto.

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 2008)

1964-1967 - 
Pearl Steen (1893-1988)  is president of the National Council of Women Source: Vancouver Hall of Fame Online (accessed November 2012.

1964 - Olympic games women are finally allowed to play team sports when women’s volley ball, considered a non contact sport is accepted into the games

Births 1964:
1964 -
Born Sherry Hawco Delanty (1964-1991) Canadian Olympian in gymnastics.
1964 -
Born Hana Zalzal (1964 -   ) award winning businesswoman
1964 -
Born Cornelia Wieman (1964-  ) Canada's 1st female aboriginal psychiatrist in 1993.
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.

Deaths 1964:
1964 - Died
lice Marion Curtis (1877-1964) social activist in Home and School associations.
1964 - Died
Miriam Green Ellis (1879-1964) celebrated journalist in the Canadian prairies
1964 - Died
Mary Isabel Ross Pinkham (1878-1964) social activist and volunteer.
March 25, 1964 - Died Pearl McCarthy, (1895-1964) journalist and art critic.
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. Legislative Assembly
August 26, 1964 -
Died
Cora Bell Ahrens (1891-1964) teacher, lecturer, and pianist
 

1965 February 15, 1965 - The now familiar red maple leaf flag becomes the official national flag of Canada. It is flown for the 1st time today.

March 4, 1965 - Petra Burka  (1946-   ),  wins the women's title at the world figure skating championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A.

1965 - Grace MacInnis (1905-1991) is the 1st woman elected to the British Columbia House of Commons.
 Source: British Columbia Federation of Labour.  http://bcfed.com/issues/women/history

1965 - Phyllis 'Pat' Grosskurth (1924-2015) is the 1st woman professor hired in the English Department of the University of Toronto.
.  Sources: 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.

1965 - Allene Gorforth (1943-   ) 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 golfing career.

Births 1965:
1965 -
Born Jane Young Cooper (1965-   ) tennis champion
1965 -
Born Bonnie Schmidt (1965-    ) a scientist who is able to popularize her field for youth, Order of Canada
January 31, 1965 -
Born Ofra Harnoy (1965-   ) cellist
March 16, 1965 - Born Sarah Hunter, (1965-   ) wheelchair tennis player
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 skating.
August 22,1965 - Born Patricia Hy-Boulais (1965-   ), Canadian champion tennis player.
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 rower.
December 4, 1965 -
Born Theresa Breen (1965-   )  Champion curler.
December 6, 1965 -
Born Theresa Breen (1965-   ) champion in the sport of curling.

December 12, 1965 -
Born Mina Shum (1965-  ) award winning independent film director.


Deaths 1965:
1
965 -
Died Marjorie Mews (1902-1965) renouned Maritime librarian.
1965 -
Died Regina Mary "Polly" Rowell Craig (1882-1965) pioneer land owner in Regina Saskatchewan.
1965 -
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 coast golfer.
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.
 

1966 1966 - The declaration of Elimination Discrimination Against Women is adopted by the United Nations.

1966 -
Limited 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 http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com

1966 - Jessie Gray
(   - 1978) is the 1st woman elected to the Science Council of Canada.

June 6, 1966 -
 The Presbyterian Church of Canada agrees to the ordination of women as elders and ministers.

1966 - 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.

1966 -  There are only 530 women enlisted in the RCAF Source: A Brief History. RCAF Women. www.rcafwomen.ca

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 the 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 http://cdnwomen.org.

1966 - Jean Edmonds (1921- ) is  the 1st woman executive in the federal government as an executive director with the Department of Manpower and Immigration.

1966 - Marjorie Bowker (1906-2006) is appointed Alberta's 1st woman Family Court Judge

1966 - Elaine Tanner-Watts
(1951-  ) at 15 becomes Canada's outstanding athlete of the year, the youngest person to ever receive the Lou Marsh Trophy.
Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia. - online.  Information provided by Thomas Brandenberg.: aquestbeyondgold.ca The Elaine Tanner-Watt website (Accessed January 2013)

1966 - 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 Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)

Births 1966:
1966-
Born
Marie E. Tracey O'Donnell (1966-   ) is elected a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the 1st Aboriginal woman ever elected. Source: Diversifying the bar: Lawyers Make history. Law Society of Upper Canada Online
May 12, 1966 -
Born Anne 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 and author.
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.


Deaths 1966:
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 and fountains in municipalities across Canada
February 1966 - Died Ellen Neel (1916-1966) carver of totem poles.
May 1966 - Died 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.
December 6, 1966 - Died Yoshiko Kasahara (1912-1966) noted population statistician.
 

1967 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.

1967 -
Marianne Linnell
(1914-1990) is the only woman member on Canada's Centennial Committee.
Source: The Vancouver Hall of Fame online (Accessed November 2012)

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 Montreal.

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 1973.
Source: Obituary, New York Times, December 28, 1991. ; Senate of Canada Biographies Online (accessed July 2014)

1967 - Women 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. Source:  New 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.
Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia. - online.  Information provided by Thomas Brandenberg.: aquestbeyondgold.ca The Elaine Tanner-Watt website (Accessed January 2013)

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 first 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. source: www.womenwarriors.ca Timeline

1967 - A
 Dominion Ladies Hockey Tournament is held in Brampton, Ontario, with 22 teams and players ranging in age from 9 to 50 competing. Sources: www.femalehockey.ca : A history of Women's Hockey for Dummies. On line accessed January 2013.

1967 -
Canada's Women's Basketball team wins is 1st medal, a bronze. Source: http://womenworriers.com  under Ruth Wilson accessed March 2006)


Births 1967:
1967 - Born - Julia S. Shin Dol (1967-   ) Lawyer and co-founder of the Korean Canadian Lawyers association.
1967 - Born ManJusha R. Pawagi (1967 -   ) Journalist, Lawyer and author of children's books
January 27, 1967 - Born Susan Aglukark (1967-   ) . Born Churchill, Manitoba. A renown 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.
July 1, 1967- Born Pamela Anderson (1967-   ), actress.
July 12, 1967 - Born Tonya Lee Williams (1967-   ) award winning actress.
October 9, 1967- Born Carling Bassett-Seguso (1967-   ) , award winning tennis player.
December 29, 1967 - Born Ashleigh Banfield (1967-  ) Emmy winning news anchor.

Deaths 1967:
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
Gladys Muriel Porter (1894-1967) 1st woman elected to the Nova Scotia Provincial Legislature.
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 and the west coast.
September 19, 1967 - Died Monica Proiette (1940-1967) Machine Gun Molly.
 

1968 1968 - The Olympic Committee conducts gender tests for the first time in internationals sports at the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France. Source www.womenwarriors.ca timeline.

February 17, 1968
- Nancy Greene
(1943-   ) wins  gold medal in the giant slalom at the the Winter Olympic Games in Grenoble, France.

March 26, 1968 - Nancy Greene (1943-   ) world winning skier announces her retirement from competition. 

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) Championship. Source www.womenwarriors.ca timeline


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 Canada.

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.

1968 - 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 19.

Births 1968:
1968 -
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 actress.
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.

Deaths 1968:
1968 -
Died Julia Crawford (1896-1968) artist & teacher.
1968 -
Died Gladys Elizabeth Matheson Crim (1892-1968) respected nurse on Canadian prairies.
1968 -
Died
Nellie Langford Rowell (1874-1968)  social activist & philanthropist.
1968 -
Born Wendy Sloboda (1968 -  ) paleontologist.
1968 -
Died
Mary Barrett Speechly (1873-1968) social activist & member Women's Institutes.
January 9, 1968 -
Died Kathleen May Redman Strange (1896-1968) author
January 13, 1968 - Died Jocelyne Binet (1923-1968) composer, pianist & teacher.

January 14, 1968 -
Died Florence Wyle (1881-1968) a sculptor who made several Canadian War Memorials and is represented in numerous art galleries.
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 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 Association.
August 21, 1968 - Died Germaine Gévremont (1900-1968) journalist & award winning author.
September 2, 1968 - Died Ethel Johns, (1879-1968) nurse, teacher & administrator.
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 Canada.
 

1969 1969 - The Federal government amends the Criminal Code of Canada so that it is no longer an offence to disseminate information on birth control.

1969 -
The Canadian Criminal Code is amended so that the same sex sexual acts between consenting adults are no longer criminal.

1969 -
36% of the students attending undergraduate studies at university are women.
Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)

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 2011.

1969 - Dorothy 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 Onésime Dorval (1845-1932) the 1st certified teacher in Red River territory.
Source: Dorval, Onésime (1845-1932) Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. Online (Accessed May 2014)

1969 - 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.

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 2014)

1969 - Margaret Atwood (1939-   ) publishes her 1st novel Edible woman.

1969 -
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. http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)

1969 - The 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.

Births 1969:
1969 -
Born Leanne Allison (1969-  ) social activist, filmmaker, environmentalist
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
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.

Deaths 1969:
1969 -
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 and composer.
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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