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

This timeline is not all inclusive.

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

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

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

LAST UPDATED July  2014

DATES

EVENTS

1980
 
1980 - Dr Lois Miriam Wilson (1927-  )  is elected as the 1st woman  moderator of the United Church of Canada.

1980 - The Canadian Supreme Court recognizes the equal distribution of assets in failed common-law relationships.

1980 -
Fishermen’s wives get jobless benefits as unemployment insurance is granted to 10,000 women working with their husbands.

1980 -
32% of graduate doctors in Canada are women.

April 14, 1980 - Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé (1922- 1999) is appointed the 1st woman Speaker of the House of Commons April 14, 1980 to January 15, 1984.Source: Parliament of Canada web site

1980 - Evelyn Hart  (1956-   .) is  the 1st Canadian to be awarded a Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria.

June 27,1980 - O Canada is officially declared as the national anthem of Canada.

June  1980 - Kateri Tekakwitha is beatified (one of the major steps to become a saint within the Catholic Church).

July 4, 1980 - the Canadian Post Office issues a commemorative stamp to celebrate Dame Emma Albani (1847-1930), a celebrated international opera singer.

1980 - Alexa McDonough (1944-   ) is the 1st woman to lead a recognized political party in Canada when she is leader of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party.

September 9, 1989 - Anna Ruth Lang
of New Brunswick saved two people after a horrendous highway accident.
  Source: The Beginners Guide to Canadian Honours by Christopher McCreery

1980 - The Government of Canada , through Fitness and Amateur Sport, (Sport Canada) creates a Women's Program. Source: Status of Women Canada.  Adult fact Sheet Women and sports in Canada: an historical overview. (Ottawa, 2002)

1980 -
The Association of Canadian Medical Colleges  reports that 32% of graduate doctors are women. Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html  (accessed April 28, 2003)

1980 -
The provincial Advisory Council of the Status of Women for Newfoundland and Labrador is established for social, cultural and political equity for women. Source: www.pacsw.ca Accessed June 2013.

1980 -
Terry James becomes the 1st Black female police Officer in the Toronto Police Force:
Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.

Births 1980:
January 30, 1980 -
Born Margot Finlay, actress.
June 23, 1980 - Born Gillian Ferrari (1980-  ) a member of Canada's gold medal winning hockey teams in 1990's. and 2000's
August 29, 1980 - Born Genevieve Jeanson (1981-   ) champion cyclist
September 24, 1980 - Born Amy Sky ( 1960-  ) contemporary singer.
November 18, 1980 - Born Carol Huynk Olympic Gold Medalist in wrestling, 2008 Beijing.

Deaths 1980:
1980 -
Died
Lovedy Josephine Campbell Scott (1894-1980) Lawyer
1980-
Died
Edith Louise Patterson (1891-1980) in 1929 was appointed a judge in the juvenile court and became the 1st woman to be a member of the Law Society of British Columbia. 
March 31, 1980 -
Died Jean Flatt Davey (  -1980)  first Canadian woman doctor to enter the Canadian Armed forces.
August 9, 1980 -
Died Mary Eileen Abbott (1896-1980) Manitoba community volunteer.
August 18, 1980 -
Died
Elizabeth Stern (1915-1980) pioneer medical researcher credited with early detection of cervical cancer
November 41980 - Died
Elsie Gregory McGill (1905-1980) Canada's first woman graduate in electrical engineering and the first to design aircraft.
December 22, 1980 - Died Ethel Davis Wilson (1888-1980) novelist for who the British Columbia Literary Award is named, Order of Canada. .
December 26, 1980 - Died Elizabeth Carmichael Monk (1898-1980) one of 4 women who were the 1st to be called to the Quebec Bar.

1981 February 13, 1981 - Canadian Air Force Captains Leah Mosher, Nora Bottomley and Dee Brasseur graduate as the 1st Canadian female military pilots.

1981 - Second Lieutenant Inge Plug becomes the 1st woman helicopter pilot.  Source: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March 2014)

1981 - Lieutenant Karen McCrimmon becomes the Canadian Air Force's 1st woman air navigator.  Source: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March 2014)

February 14, 1981 -
some 1,300 women from across Canada marched into the Parliament buildings and held their own Ad Hoc Women and the Constitution Conference to debate the proposed Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

1981 - Second-Lieutenant Inge Plug is the first woman helicopter pilot in the Canadian Forces. Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.

1981 - Abby Hoffman
(1947-   )   becomes the first woman director of Sport Canada, a part of the federal government. Source: Status of Women Canada.  Adult fact Sheet Women and sports in Canada: an historical overview. (Ottawa, 2002)

1981 -
Jean Paré publishes the first cookbook in the series Company's Coming: 150 Delicious squares.

1981-
The Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology is founded. This is a non profit association that promotes, encourages and empowers women and girls in science, engineering and technology. Source: www.scwist.ca accessed September 2011.

1981 -
The Women in Coaching Program is established by the Coaching Association of Canada. Source: Status of Women Canada.  Adult fact Sheet Women and sports in Canada: an historical overview. (Ottawa, 2002)

1981 - 19% of academic staff at the University of Alberta are women. Only 55 of these women are in the faculty of Science and 2% in Engineering.
Source: Herstory: The Canadian Women's calendar. 2008  (Saskatoon Women's Calendar Collective / Coteau Books, 2007)



1981 -
47% of students in university undergraduate programs are women. 37% of women enrolled in university graduate programs are women.
Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)

1981 - The Canadian Historic Sites and Monuments Board declares Tookoolito and her husband, Ipirvik, National Historic Persons. Source: Directory of Designations http://pc.gc.ca (accessed July 2005)

Births 1981:
November 24, 1981 -
Born Lauren Wollstencroft (1981-   ) one of Canada's top paralympic athletes.

Deaths 1981:
1
982 - Died
Jean Cairns (1886-1982) the 5th woman to be called to the bar (Lawyer) in Ontario.
October 17, 1981
- Died Dorothy Louise Walton (1909-1981) one of the top badminton players in Canada
November 2, 1981 -
Died Thérèse Casgrain (1896-1981), social activist, feminist and the first individual Canadian woman to appear on Canadian money ( 50.00 bill 2004) 
 

1982 1982 - Canada enters the worst depression since the 1930's.

March 4, 1982 - Bertha Wilson (1923-2007) is the 1st woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada. 

April 17, 1982 -
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms covers fundamental rights, equality between men and women , language rights and legal rights.

May 23, 1982 - Mother Marie-Rose
née Eulalie Durocher (1811-1849) is beatified ( a step towards becoming a saint) by the Roman Catholic Church. )

May 28, 1982 - Karen Mitchell establishes MADD - Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving. to commemorate the death of her daughter who was killed by a drunk driver. The organization was originally known as P.R.I.D.E. - Peope to reduce impaired Driving Everywhere.

July 26, 1982 - Karen Diane Baldwin is the first Canadian to ever win the Miss Universe beauty contest. Source : Miss Universe web pages.

October 31, 1982 - Marguerite Bourgeoys (1620-1700) is canonized (becomes a saint) in the Roman Catholic Church. She is the first Canadian woman to become a saint. Source: Currents by Christopher Webb. The Beaver Oct./Nov. 2007 pg 12.

1982 -  The Canadian Women's Studies Association is founded. Source A Chronology of the development of women's studies in Canada. The Canadian Electronic Feminist Network http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L/chronology1.htm (accessed April 28, 2003. )

1982 - The Society for Women in Science and technology holds its first world conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.
ource: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)

1982 - Health and Welfare Canada revises Canada's Food Guide with three new emerging principles. 1) variety in food choices and eating patterns. 2) moderation in the use of fat, sugar, salt and alcohol. 3) Balance between energy intake and energy expenditure.

1982 - Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology: WISEST is founded by the University of Alberta to attract women to the fields of engineering and technology.  Source: Herstory: The Canadian Women's calendar. 2008  (Saskatoon Women's Calendar Collective / Coteau Books, 2007)

1982 - Elizabeth "Betty" MacRae  (1941-   )  becomes Canada's first woman neurosurgeon when she set up practice in Calgary, Alberta. Source: Herstory: Canadian Woman's Calendar 2007.

1982 - Gwendolyn Ringwood (1910-1984.)  is the 1st Canadian playwright to publish a volume of collected plays.

1982 - Iona Campagnolo
  (1932-    .)  is  the 1st woman President of the Liberal Party of Canada.

1982 - Rachelle Halpenny
(1950-2012) returns home from the 5th International Cerebral Palsy Games with two gold as silver and a bronze medal. Sources: “Life Story” by Joanne Lovett Potter, Ottawa Citizen February 2, 2013. ; “Rachelle Halpenny: A woman first, an athlete second and way at the other end of the scale, disabled” by Lyse Blanchard in Canadian Woman Studies Spring 1983; Personal friendship.   

1982 - The YWCA in Peterborough, Ontario publishes Fresh Start, a book for women in abusive situations - the book is translated into several languages and tens of thousands of copies are sold. Source: History of the YWCA  http://www.ywcacanada.ca/

Births 1982:
July 24, 1982 -
Born Anna Paquin, (1982-  )  academy award winning actress.
October 15, 1982 - Born Charline Labonté (1982-  ) medal winning hockey player.
November 30,1982 - Born Elisha Cuthbert (1982-   ) TV and Movie star


Deaths 1982:
1982 -
Died Marguerite Michaud (1903-1982) first Acadian woman to graduate from university
1982 -
Died
Ida manning Armstrong (1905-1982) physician and sportswoman.
1982 -
Died Elizabeth Goudie (1902-1982) a writer she recorded the firs history of family life in the wilds of Labrador.
January 5, 1982 - Died Elizabeth Catherine Bagshaw (1881-1982)
January 30, 1982 - Died
Elinor Francis Elizabeth Black (1905-1982) in 1938, 1st Canadian woman member of the British Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.
February 13, 1982 - Died Miriam Mandel (1930-1982) a poet and author , winner of a Governor General's award in literature.
March 11, 1982 - Died
Laura Blanche McCain (1891-1982) volunteer and social activist in New Brunswick.
July 30, 1982 - Died  Margaret Grant Andrew (1912-1982) Social activist for the Arts on Canada's west coast.
September 12, 1982 - Died Sally Kathleen Creighton (1903-1982) writer and journalist
December 25, 1982 - Died Margaret Teresa Lally Murray (1888-1982) newspaper editor, owner and journalist.
 

1983 March 30, 1983 - Bertha Wilson (1923-   ) is sworn in as Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada.

December  1983- Dr. Roberta Lynn Bondar (1945-    )  is selected as one of the original 6 , and the first woman Canadian astronaut.

1983 - Herizon, Canada's Feminist magazine publishes its first Magazine edition. Source: Herizon.ca (accessed July 2011)

1983 - Joy Logan is the first woman elected as a Vice-President of the British Columbia Federation of Labour.
 Source: British Columbia Federation of Labour.  http://bcfed.com/issues/women/history

1983- Joy Kogawa publishes her novel Obascan (Penguin Books). It is based on her experiences in a Canadian detention camp with her family  in Western Canada during World War II. Source; Japanese Canadian Timeline (accessed June 2012.)

1983 -  Delia Operokew is called to the bar in Alberta after having been called to the Bar in Ontario in 1979. She is one of the 1st aboriginal lawyers to be called to the Bar in both provinces.
Source: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013.:



1983 - Laura Sky
(1947-  ) opens SKYWORKS, a charitable foundation that is community bases not-for-profit educational documentary production organization
Sources: Herstory, the Canadian Women’s Calendar 2006 Coteau Books, 2005

Births 1983:
June 12, 1983 -
Born Christine Margaret Sinclair (1983-   ) soccer player
November 19, 1983 -
Born Daria Werbowy (1983-   ) international Model with star on Canada's walk of fame.


Deaths 1983:
1983 -
Died Mona Harrigan (- 1983) one of the first women to be a Park Guide in Canada.
May 4,1983-
Died
Lenore Talbot Crawford (1909-1983) Journalist who maintained a weekly column in the London free press.
May 23,1983 -
Died Winnifred Blair Drummie  (1903-1983) the first Miss Canada, 1923.
June 12,1983 -
Died
Norma Shearer (1900-1983) movie star and Academy Award best actress.
June 30, 1983 -
Died Mary Livingstone (born Sadie Marks 1904-1983) radio and TV commedien, wife of comedien Jack Benny.
July 13 , 1983-
Died Gabrielle Roy,(1909-1983)  internationally renouned author and winner of Governor's General Award.
November 4,1983 - Died Betty Lambert (1933-1983) prolific Canadian playwright.
December 2 ,1983- Died Fifi D'Orsay (1904-1983) vaudeville performer and early movie actress known as the French Bombshell.
December 21, 1983 - Died
Alpha Isabella Hodgins an award winning law student.
1984 May 14, 1984 - Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé (1922-1999.) becomes the 1st woman Governor General of Canada.

1984 - Transport Canada changes regulations to allow a pilot who is pregnant to fly "while under her doctor's supervision". Source: Rosella Bjornson, Canadian Hall of Fame inductee. Canadian Ninety-nines http://www.canadian99s.org/articles (accessed July 18, 2005)


1984 - The Canadian government, through the Secretary of State,  establishes five regional chairs across the country in women's studies with and endowment fund at Mt. St Vincent University, Laval University, Ottawa Carleton Universities . University of Manitoba and Simon Fraser University. Source A Chronology of the development of women's studies in Canada. The Canadian Electronic Feminist Network http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L/chronology1.htm (accessed April 28, 2003. )

1984 - Betty Hughes is appointed Chair of the Canadian National Railways, the 1st Canadian woman to head a crown Corporation. Source: Heroines.ca Women in Canadian history. (Accessed June 9, 2007)

Summer 1984 - Linda Thom (1943-  ) [shooting], Lori Fung, (1963-   ) [Rhythmic Gymnastics], Sylvie Bernier (1964-  )  [diving] , and Anne Ottenbrite (1966-  ) [swimming] win gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics.

August -1984 -  Lisa Buscombe becomes Canada's first Archery World Field Champion in Finland. Source: Federation of Canadian Archers.

1984 - Dormer Ellis (1925 -   ) is the 1st woman to receive the Ontario Professional Engineers Citizenship Award.
Source The Toronto Business and Processional Women’s Club. Online Accessed February 2013.

September 11, 1984 -  Mother Marie-Léonie (1840-1912) is the first to be beatified ( a step towards becoming a saint) on Canadian soil during the Papal visit to Canada.

1984 - 33% of medical school students and 50% of law school students in Canada are women.

1984 - Daurene E. Lewis is elected mayor of Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. She is the 1st female black mayor in North America. ( http://www.coolwomen.ca/ )

1984 - Marianne Scott
is the first woman to be appointed as National Librarian, at the level of a deputy minister in the federal government, a position she held until her retirement in 1999.

1984 - Ursula Martius Franklin ( 1921-   )
became the 1st woman to be named a university professor at the University of Toronto.

Births 1984:
September 27, 1984 -
Avril Lavigne (1986-   ) contemporary singer and son writer who rose quickly as an entertainer and star.

Deaths 1984:
1984 -
Died - Nora Hendrix (1883-1984) Black pioneer of Vancouver and grandmother to Jimi Hendrix.
1984 -
Died Jane Gray (1896-1984) Early radio broadcaster.
1984 -
Died Madge Edgar (1898-1984) administrative assistant
April 27, 1984 -
Died
Lorraine McAllister (1922-1984) Singer and actor on the West coast.
May 7, 1984 - Died
Helen Kalvak (1901-1984) Inuit artist who helped found the Holman Eskimo Co-operative. holds Order of Canada.
May 24, 1984 -
Died
Gwendolyn Ringwood (1910-1984) Governor General Award winner or outstanding service to Canadian Drama.
May 26, 1984 - Died
Mae Garnett (1875?- 1984) one of the 1st women general news reporters in western Canada.
October 8, 1984 -
Died Francoise Aubut, renowned organist and educator.
1985 1985 - The United Nations holds an international conference on women's issues in Nairobi. It is 10 years since the UN declared the International year of the woman.

1985 - The Canadian Indian Act is changed to restore Indian status to many women and their children as well as to enfranchised native veterans. This bill ends more than 100 years of legislative discrimination against aboriginal women not having native status. The United nations Human Rights Commission high lighted this injustice with a ruling for a complaint brought before the UNHRC in 1977 by Sandra Lovelace.

1985 - The Canadian Divorce Act eliminates discrimination on the basis of sex with respect to the right to divorce or the custody of children.

1985 -
The Canada Pension Act is amended to continue disability pensions at the married rate for one year after the death of a veteran.

1985 -
The Association for Women's Equity in the Canadian Armed Forces is founded.  
Source: Lt. Col. Shirley M. Robinson, CD (Retired) – Nurse. By Carolyn Gossage, November 6, 2000 Section15.ca Online (Accessed March 2014)

1985 - The Canadian First Minister's Conference on the Economy endorses 'A framework for Economic Equality for Canadian Women'. Source: Progress towards equality of women in Canada . Canada. Status of Women Canada. 1995.

April 17, 1985 - Canada Post issues a commemorative stamp honouring the life of Thérèse Casgrain (1896-1981), a leader in rights for Canadian women and respected politician.

August  1985 - Lisa Buscombe retains her title as World Champion in the sport of Field Archery. Source: Federation of Canadian Archers.

1985 - Bonnie Cappuccino is director and founder of Child Haven International, a not-for-profit organization that helps destitute women and children around the world.

1985 - Lynn Johnston (1947-   )   is the 1st woman to win the Reuben Award for outstanding cartoonist of the year from the national Cartoonist Society and in 1988 she became the first woman to be president of this society.

Deaths 1985:
1985 -
Died
Lillian Beatrice Allen (1904-1985) artist and teacher.
1985 -
Died Elsie Catherine Barclay (1902-1985) co-founder of Hostelling in North America.
February 2, 1985 -
Died
Micheline Saint-Marcoux (1938-1985) composer and teacher.
April 27, 1985 -
Died Marcelle Ferron. (1924-1985) , a member of a group of artists known as Les Automatistes.
April 28, 1985 - Died
Ada Annie Rae-Arthur (1888-1985) Pioneer botanist know as Cougar Annie.
June 8, 1985 - Died
Blanche Macdonald (1931-1985) an educator and Native rights activist on the west coast.
June 12, 1985 - Died
Elizabeth Pauline MacCallum (1895-1985), diplomat.
September 6, 1985 - Died Jessie Isabel Meighen (1883-1985) wife of Prime minister Arthur Meighen (1874-1960).
October 5, 1885 - Died
Jessie Louise Beattie (1896-1895) poet and novelist with over 20 books to her credit , member of the City of Cambridge (Ontario) Hall of Fame. 
November 3,1985 - Died Anna Gertrude Lawson Cheney (1897 - 1985) a portrait painter and the first medical artist in British Columbia

1985 - Died
Esther Marjorie Hill, (1895-1985) first Canadian woman to become a graduate architect.

1986 April 14, 1986 - Canada Post issues a commemorative stamp honouring the life of Molly Brant (1736-1796), a renowned aboriginal leader in Canadian history.

May 2, 1986  - October 13 -
Vancouver, British Columbia hosts Expo 86.

May 12, 1986 - Police Constable Kathryn Farrell is the 1st female assigned to the Toronto Police Force Mounted unit
Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.

1986 - Susan Ursel (1958 -   ) is called to the Bar in Ontario. She is the 1st openly Lesbian lawyer in Ontario.
Source: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013.:

1986 - 3% of judges in Canada are women.  Source: Canadian Chronology Http://tdi.uregina.ca/~maguirec/chron.html (accessed April 28, 2003)

1986 - Sharon Adele Wood (1957-    ) is the first woman from the Western hemisphere to stand on top of the world on Mt. Everest.

1986 - Roberta Jamieson (1953-  ) is the first aboriginal and the first woman to be appointed as provincial Ombudsman for Ontario.
Source: Roberta Jamieson: Chief Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Contemporary Canadian Biographies. Thompson Gale, August 2003. (Accessed online June 2008.)


1986 -
Sports Canada issues a Policy on Women in Sport, calling for equal opportunities for women and men to compete, coach, officiate and administer sport at all levels.
Source: Status of Women Canada.  Adult fact Sheet Women and sports in Canada: an historical overview. (Ottawa, 2002)

1986 -
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) releases its policy on sex-role stereotyping in Canadian broadcasting.
Source: Progress towards equality of women in Canada . Canada. Status of Women Canada. 1995.

1986 -
Federal Employment Equity legislation, which covers federally regulated industries, ensures equitable participation of women in a paid workforce.
Source: Progress towards equality of women in Canada . Canada. Status of Women Canada. 1995.

1986 -
The Public Service of Canada launches special initiatives to increase training, apprenticeship and hiring of women in 'non-traditional' occupations in the federal Public Service.
Source: Progress towards equality of women in Canada . Canada. Status of Women Canada. 1995.

Deaths 1986:
1986 -
Died
Helen Kemp Frye (1910-1986) Academic,
1989 -
Died
Stella Avura Panarites (1924-1986) the 1st woman lawyer of Greek heritage in Ontario.
1986 - Died
Dora Russell (1912-1986) teacher, journalist and community worker with Girl Guides.
August 1986 - Died
Myrtle Philip (1891-1986) businesswoman and pioneer ski lodge owner.
September 6, 1986 -
Died
Jeanne Fisher Marnery ( 1908-1986) the first woman appointed professor in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto (1964)
September 15, 1986 -
Died
Judith Crawley,(1914-1986)  film producer, director and scriptwriter.
December 30, 1986 -
Died Cassie Eileen Brown (1919-1986) journalist and author.

1987 1987 - Sheila Copps  (1952-  ) becomes the first member of the Canadian Parliament to have a baby while holding office.

1987 - The Raging Grannies is first organized in Victoria British Columbia. They were looking for a different way to protest and set off a spark for a future international organization that allows older women to serve with a purpose.

1987 - Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace is the first woman appointed Chair of the Science Council of Canada.


1987 - The Elektra Woman's Choir is founded by Diane Mary Loomer (1940-2012). It becomes recognized internationally. Source: “Choral conductor had a gift for getting the best from her singers” by Suzanne A Hearne, The Globe and Mail January 9, 2013.

1987 - In the Canadian Air Force, combat roles, including flying fighter aircraft like the CF-18 and tactical helicopters become open to women for the 1st time. 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.

1987 - Colinel Sheila A. Hellstrom, a graduate of National Defense College, becomes the 1st woman serving as a Regular Force officer to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General.  Source: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March 2014)

1987 -
The federal government's Canadian Jobs Strategy is amended to enable immigrant women to access language training in order to compete in the labour market. Source: Progress towards equality of women in Canada . Canada. Status of Women Canada. 1995.

1987 - Herizon, Canada's Feminist Magazine goes into a publishing hiatus only resurfacing in 1992. Source: Herizon.ca (accessed July 2011)

1987 - The British Columbia Coalition for Abortion Clinics ( Now the Pro-choice Action Network) is founded to establish abortion clinics in British Columbia. Source : A History of Abortion in Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)
 

1987 - Wendy Murphy invents the world's first evacuation stretcher for infants, the WEEVACS6 after having see the destrictive earthquake rescues in Mexico in 1985. Sources: Kidsdomain.com   Inventions (accessed October 2011)  WEEVAC  web site : personal information provided by Wendy Murphy


Deaths 1987:
1987 -
Died Aileen Alethea Meagher (1910-1987) medal winning track athlete
1987 -
Died Lillian Alice Chase (    -1987) medical doctor
1987 -
Died
Gladys "Gladdy" Balsillie (1919-1987) businesswoman who was a burlesque agent.
January 1, 1989 - Died
Flora Velma Abbott (1929-1987) played with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
January 5, 1987 -
Died Margaret Lawrence, (1926-1987) award winning author.
February 2, 1987 - Died
Olive Bend Little (1917-1987) member of the American Girls  Professional Baseball League
February 18, 1987 - Died
Lida Bell Pearson Sturdy (1895-1987) who on November 3, 1921 is the 1st woman lawyer in Preston Ontario with her own practice.
May 10, 1987 - Died Violet Keene (1883-1987) acclaimed portrait photographer.
May 31, 1987 - Died
Gladys A. Bunn (1892-1987) piano teacher and artist.
August 1 , 1987- Died Evelyn Merle Nelson (1943-1987) renowned mathematician.

September 26, 1987 -
Died Ethel Catherwood, (1908-1987) member of the first Canadian women's Olympic team.
November 24, 1987 -
Died
Jehane Benoit (1904-1987) rebound chef and author who was an officer in the Order of Canada.
1988 1988 - United Nations Peacekeepers (including Canadians) win the Nobel Peace Prize.

January 28, 1988 - The Supreme Court of Canada declares  Canadian abortion law as unconstitutional. The law is found to violate section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because it infringes upon a woman's right to life, liberty and security of the person.
Source : A History of Abortion in Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)


October 2, 1988 - Carolyn Waldo (1964-  ) wins a gold medal in synchronized swimming and a second gold in the duet synchronized swimming with Michelle Cameron. Waldo is the first Canadian woman to win two gold medals at a Summer Olympics. Source Canadian Milestones. Canada.com (Accessed October 2, 2000)

1988 - The Canada Scholarship Program is established to encourage undergraduate studies in natural sciences and engineering. Part of the requirements of the program is that half of the recipients must be women.
Source: Progress towards equality of women in Canada . Canada. Status of Women Canada. 1995.

1988 - The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation develops the  Project Haven Program, creating emergency shelters for abused women and children.
Source: Progress towards equality of women in Canada . Canada. Status of Women Canada. 1995.

1988 - Vicki Keith Munro. (1961-  .)  A superb marathon swimmer, becomes the 1st  person to swim cross all five North American Great Lakes. She swims the Great Lakes to earn money for charity.

1988 - Ethel Blondin  (1951-   )  is the 1st Native woman to sit in the Canadian House of Commons.

1988 - Sheila Hellstrom is the 1st woman Brigadier-General in the Canadian Armed Forces. Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.

1988 - Private Shannon Wills is the 1st woman to win the Queen's Medal for Champions Shot of the Canadian Reserve Forces at Connaught Ranges, Ottawa, Ontario.  Source "Women throughout Canadian military history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23 February 2005.

1988 - Bonnie and Fred Cappuccino become the 1st Canadians presented with the UNESCO Prize for Teaching of Human Rights.

1988 -
Canadian women college graduates earn an average salary of under $20,000. Canadian men with an education of Grade 8 or less received an average annual income of $22,387.

1988 - Dr Allie Vibert Douglas (1894-1988) has a planet named Vibert Douglas in her honour.
Source: Historical figures in Astronomy by Carmen Rush, Royal Astronomy Society of Canada http://www.ottawa.rasc.ca/astronomy/history/av_douglas/ (accessed July 28, 2005)

1988 - Joyce Trimmer
(1927-2008) is elected the first woman Mayor of Scarborough, Ontario ( now part of Toronto Greater Area)


1988 - Lawyer Laura Legg (1923-2010) is elected the 1st woman treasurer of the Ontario Law Society. The Laura Legg Award is established to honour other women who exemplify leadership in the profession.
Source: Diversifying the bar; Law Society of Upper Canada online accessed January 2013.:

Births 1988:
October 10, 1988 - Born Karen Percy, Olympic medalist in skiing.

Deaths 1988:
1988 -
Died Helen Grossman (1905?-1988) one of the early Jewish women lawyers in Canada.
1988 -
Died
Pearl Steen (1893-1988) social activist, President of National Council of Women 1964-1967.
1988 -
Died Agnes Harrigan (   1988) one of the first women park guides in Canada.
January 2, 1988 - Died Vega Dawson (1894- 1988) Order of the British Empire for war services.
January 15, 1988 -
Died Audrey Burger (1912-1988) Social activist for public housing.
January 20, 1988 -
Born Ethel Davis Wilson (1888-1980) novelist for who the British Columbia Literary Award is named, Order of Canada.
February 1, 1988 -
Died Doris Buckingham (1910-1988) a stage and radio actress who created Vancouver's Theatre Under the Stars.
February 18, 1988 - Died Dorothy Bruce Garbutt (1897-1988) journalist & historian, host of the CBC program "Houses I have known."
March 2, 1988 - Died Sister Ethelberta (1900-1988) brought her religious order to Canada and was hospital administrator.
April 5, 1988 -
Died Marjorie Brook (1898-1988) hospital administrator.
April 19, 1988 - Died Ethel Mary Bennett (1891-1988) award winning writer of historical novels.
April 26, 1988 - Died Dorothy Danzker (    -1988) Winnipeg community worker.
May 3, 1988 - Died Sheila Cantor (1939-1988) internationally renowned researcher in the field of schizophrenia.
May 17, 1988 - Died
Nora Ellen Dunwoody (1899-1988) she was known for establishing gift shops as fund raisers for hospital auxiliaries
June 6, 1988 - Died Margaret Craig Eaton Dunn (1913-1988) Director General Canadian Women's Army Corp 1944.
July 2, 1988 - Died
Allie Vibert Douglas (1894-1988) first woman in Canada to graduate with a PhD in astrophysics.
July 4, 1988- Died Constance Eleda Brewster (1888-1988) a well respected nursing administrator in Hamilton, Ontario. 
         - Died Gwendda Dorothy Owen Davies (1896-1988) concert pianist and teacher of music.
July 22, 1988 - Died
Ann Conner Brimer (1940-1988) educator and promoter of books for children.
July 31, 1988 - Died Margaret Eileen Stuart Underhill (1889-1988) badminton player and member of the British Columbia Sport Hall of Fame.
August 1988 - Died Alix Goolden (1897-1988) Social activist and philanthropist.
August 10, 1988 -
Died Agnes Fontaine (1912-1988) a mother of 15 who received the QE Coronation Medal for community Services. 

August 22, 1988 - Died Frances Adaskin (1903-1988) award winning singer who championed the works of Canadian composers.
October 28, 1988 - Died
Ethel Viola Bieber (1920-1988) national and provincial swimming champion of the 1930's.
November 1988- Died Laura Banks (1914-1988) TV broadcaster who used the name of Laura Lindsay.
November 9, 1988 - Died Phyllis Burgess (1917-1988) administrator & developer of nursing strategies for treatment of cancer patients.
November 10, 1988 - Died Margaret Bennie (1897-1988) award winning educator.
November 19, 1988 - Died Helen Birdsall (1906-1988) dance instructor and choreographer to the CNE in the 1920's and 1930's
December 19, 1988 - Died Lotta Dempsey (1905-1988) journalist known for her column in the Toronto Starr and her large hats.
December 31, 1988 - Died Eleanor Reed Townsend (1944-1988) champion Fiddler.
1989 1989 - Heather Erxleben becomes the 1st Canadian woman to be a combat soldier.  She graduates from Canadian Forces Base, Wainwright, Alberta.  Source: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March 2014)

1989 - Jane Foster and Deanna Brasseur pass course to become Canada's first two female fighter pilots certified to fly fighter aircraft and available for combat roles...possible they are the first women in the world. Source: The Kids Book of Canadian Firsts by Valerie Wyatt (Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2001) pg. 17  Source: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March 2014)

1989 - Lorraine Francis Orthlieb
is the 1st woman to hold the rank of Commodore in the Canadian Forces.   Source: National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, Fact sheet. Online (Accessed March 2014)

1989 - Audrey McLaughlin
, (1936-   ) of the New Democratic Party,
is the first woman federal leader of a Canadian political party.

January , 1989 - Kim Campbell
(1947-  ) is appointed Minister of State for Indian and Northern Development. . Source Club de Madrid. Kim Campbell  http://www.clubmadrid.org   (accessed January 2006)

February 5, 1989  - Karen Percy of Banff , Alberta wins a Silver Medal in women's alpine skiing.

December 6, 1989  -
14 young  female engineering students are murdered by a gunman at Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal. 

December 11, 1989 - Monique Frize ,
at the University of New Brunswick, is the 1st Chair of Women in Engineering (perhaps the first in the world) Her first official duty is to attend the funeral of the murdered engineering students in Montreal. Source A Chronology of the development of women's studies in Canada. The Canadian Electronic Feminist Network http://www.unb.ca/PAR-L/chronology1.htm (accessed April 28, 2003. )

1989 - Chantal Daigle
of Chibougamou, Quebec has an abortion, despite her former boyfriend’s seeking of an injunction preventing the abortion which was upheld by the Quebec Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court overturned the case in favor of Daigle.

1989 - Doreen Wicks (1935-2004) is inducted into the Order of Canada. Her husband Ben was inducted in 1986, making them the 1st husband & wife to be inducted into the Order.

1989 - Dr Henry Morgentaler is arrested in Nova Scotia when he operates a clinic in the province after the provincial government passes legislation prohibition abortions at clinics. Source : A History of Abortion in Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)

1989 - The federal government introduces Bill C-43, an amendment to the Criminal Code of Canada that would prohibit abortion unless a doctor finds the pregnancy is a threat to the woman's physical, mental or psychological health. Source : A History of Abortion in Canada http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/history.html (accessed July 30, 2003)
 

1989 - The Canadian one dollar bill is replaced with a coin. The depiction of a common loon, a type of bird, on the coin leads to the coin being commonly called a "loonie".
 

1989 -  Mrs. June Rowlands becomes the 1st woman Chairperson of the Metropolitan Toronto Board of Commissioners of Police. Source: Herstory: Milestones in the History of the Toronto Police Service Women Online Accessed June 2011.

Deaths 1989:
1989 -
Died
Marion Elder Grant (1900-1989) psychologist, President of the Federation of University Women.
1989 -
Died
Tmima Mamie Littner Cohn (1907-1989) lawyer and strong supporter for women's rights.
1989 -
Died Helen Mary Creighton (1899-1989) distinguished folklorist.
1989 - Died Mattie Rotenberg (1897- 1989) in 1926 she was 1st woman and 1st Jew to earn a PhD in physics at the University of Toronto
1989 - Died Eliza May Stewart (1887-1989) World War I nursing sister.
January 29, 1989 - Died
Beatrice Lillie, (1894-1989) outstanding comedic actress of her era.
March 9, 1989 - Died
Hilda Strike (1910 - 1989 ) Olympic medalist in 1932
June 15, 1989 - Died
Bessie Portigal Buchwald (1901-1989) early Canadian Zionist.
October 3, 1989 - Died Fredelle Bruser Maynard (1922-1989) writer and journalist who lived in Cabbagetown, Toronto.
October 30, 1989 - Died
Agnes Watts (1899-1989) west coast philanthropist

 

   

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