1980 AD to 1989 AD
Copenhagen, Denmark hosts the 2nd International Conference on
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
February 18, 1980 - In the federal election only 14 women were elected to fill 282 seats in the House of Commons.
1980 - Fishermen’s wives working 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 Sauvé (1922- 1993) is appointed the 1st woman Speaker of the House of Commons April 14, 1980 to January 15, 1984 Source: Parliament of Canada web site
April 21, 1980 - Jacqueline Gareau (1953- ) is the 1st Canadian woman to win the Boston Marathon
1980 - Evelyn Hart (1956- .) is the 1st Canadian to be awarded a Gold Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria
1980 - Clerical workers in the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) who work for the federal government go on strike for better provisions for time off for the care and nurturing of pre-school-age children, adoption leave and paid maternity leave
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
July 22, 1980 - Judy LaMarsh (1924-1980) is presented with the Order of Canada at her hospital bed
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
October 23, 1981 - Pearl McGonigal (1929- ) becomes the 1st woman Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
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.
|1981||1981 - The census now records data for
common law unions.
February 13, 1981 - Canadian Air Force Captains Leah Mosher, Nora Bottomley, and Dee Brasseur graduate as the 1st Canadian female military pilots.
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 1st woman helicopter pilot in the Canadian
Source "Women throughout Canadian military
history." in Canadian Forces Personnel Newsletter Issue 2/05 23
January 11, 1982 - CBC television debuts The Journal, a
show case for full features on daily news happenings with hosts
Barbara From (1937-1992) and
Mary Lou Finlay (1947- )
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.
Spring 1982 - The 1st issue of Breaking the Silence is published as a project of the Feminist Caucus of the Carleton School of Social Work, Carleton University, Ottawa. Ontario. The purpose is to raise the level of women's awareness of social welfare issues and to promote and strengthen a feminist perspective among those working in the field od social welfare
April 17, 1982 - The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms covers fundamental rights, equality between men and women , language rights and legal rights
May 12, 1982 - Member of Parliament Margaret Mitchell (1925- ) brings forth in the House of Commons that 1 in 10 Canadian husbands regularly beat their wives. Her speech was followed by shouting and laughing in the House of Commons. Her reply was “This is no laughing matter” Source: Canada. House of Commons Debates 1982. ; Nancy J. White, ‘MPs laughed when she spoke on battered women’ The Toronto Star, January 13, 2008. Online (Accessed January 2016)
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. - People to Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere
July 26, 1982 - Karen Diane Baldwin is the 1st 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 - The Canadian Women's National Championship for ice hockey is reintroduced. The Hamilton Golden Hawks defeat the Edmonton Chimos for the title
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 1st 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.
1989 - Women's Education de femmes is 1st published by the Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women.
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/
1982 - Gerry Sorensen (1958- ) winner of the world downhill ski championship is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year
1982 - Born Larissa Vingilis-Jarenko (1982- ) scientist
July 24, 1982 - Born Anna Paquin, (1982- ) academy award winning actor
September 3, 1982 - Born Sarah Burke (1982-2012) medal winning pioneer of women's freestyle skiing
October 15, 1982 - Born Charline Labonté (1982- ), medal winning hockey player.
November 30, 1982 - Born Elisha Cuthbert (1982- ), TV and Movie star
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.
1982 - Born Larissa Vingilis-Jarenko (1982- ) scientist.
January 5, 1982 - Died Elizabeth Catherine Bagshaw (1881-1982)
January 30, 1982 - Died Elinor Francis Elizabeth Black (1905-1982), 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.
March 30, 1982 - Died Violet Pauline King Henry (1919-19982) 1st Black woman lawyer in Canada
July 6, 1982 - Died Jane Elizabeth Vasey (1949-1982) blues musician.
July 30, 1982 - Died Margaret Grant Andrew (1912-1982) Social activist for the Arts on Canada's west coast.
September 10, 1982 - Died Lucy Qinnuayuak Inuit artist
September 12, 1982 - Died Sally Kathleen Creighton (1903-1982) writer and journalist
November 27, 1902 - Died Frances Shelley Wees (1902-1982) author of mystery and romance novels and educator.
December 25, 1982 - Died Margaret Teresa Lally Murray (1888-1982) newspaper editor, owner and journalist
|1983||1983 - The Canadian Human Rights Act prohibits
1983 - Bill C-127 becomes law making it illegal for a man to sexually assault his wife. The law also includes sexual aggression as an offence for the 1st time.
March 30, 1983 - Bertha Wilson (1923- ) is sworn in as Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada.
1983 - Elsie Wayne (1932-2016) becomes the 1st woman to be Mayor of Saint John , New Brunswick. In 1993 she would be elected as a Member of Parliament.
December 1983- Dr. Roberta Lynn Bondar (1945- ) is selected as one of the original 6 , and the 1st woman Canadian astronaut.
1983 - Bill C-127 abolished the offences of rape, attempted rape and indecent assault and introduced a three-tiered structure for sexual assault offences. The Bill also eased the circumstances under which police could lay charges in incidents of sexual and non-sexual assault.
1983 - Herizon, Canada's Feminist magazine publishes its 1st Magazine edition. Source: Herizon.ca (accessed July 2011)
1983 - Joy Logan is the 1st 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 (1935- ) 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
1983 - Carling Bassett (1967- ) winner of one tourmanent and finalsit in two other tournament in her 1st year on the professional tennis tour is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year f
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.
1983 - Died Mona Harrigan (- 1983) one of the 1st 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 1st Miss Canada, 1923
June 12,1983 - Died Norma Shearer (1900-1983), movie sar & Academy Award best actor
June 30, 1983 - Died Mary Livingstone (born Sadie Marks 1904-1983) radio & TV comedienne, wife of comedien Jack Benny
July 13 , 1983 - Died Gabrielle Roy,(1909-1983), internationally renowned author & winner of Governor's General Award
July 17, 1983 - Died Evelyn Sybil Mary Eaton (1902-1983) poet
August 5, 1983 - Died Mary Rose Thacker-Temple (1922-1983) Canadian and North American champion figure skater
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 ( - 1983) award winning law student
1984 - The Canadian Constitution is amended to affirm
that Aboriginal and treaty rights are guaranteed equally to both men
January 13, 1984 - Anne Cools (1943- ) became the 1st Black woman to be appointed to the Canadian Senate.
February 8-19, 1984 - Olympic Games Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Canadian women did not show in the medals at these games.
May 14, 1984 - Jeanne Sauvé (1922-1999.) is sworn in as 23rd Governor General of Canada. She is the 1st woman to hold this position.
June 1, 1984 - Betty Hughes is appointed Chair of the Canadian National Railways becoming the 1st Canadian woman to head a crown corporation.
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 - Federal unemployment Insurance Benefits included 17 weeks maternity leave for woman at 93% pay plus 10 weeks parenting leave Unemployment Insurance Benefits.
July 28-August 12, 1984 - Olympic Games Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. In response to the American-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, 14 Eastern Bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, Cuba and East Germany, boycotted the Games; only Romania elected to attend. For differing reasons, Iran and Libya also boycotted.
Women are allowed to compete in the Marathon. Previously it had been considered to strenuous.
Canada. Gold Medals: Sylvie Bernier (1964- ) in women's 3 meter springboard diving; Lori Fung (1963- ) in women's individual all-round rhythmic gymnastics; Linda Thom, (1943- ) in women's 25 meter pistol shooting; Anne Ottenbrite (1966- ) in women's 200 meter breaststroke swimming. Silver Medals; Angela Bailey (1962- ) , Marita Payne (1960- ), Angela Taylor-Issajenko (1958- ) and France Gareau (1967- ) in women's 4X100 meter running relay; Charmaine Crooks (1962- ), Jillian Richardson (1965- ), Molly Killingbeck (1959- ) and Marita Payne (1960- ) in the women's 4X400 meter running relay; Alexandra Barre (1958- ) and Susan Holloway (1955- ) in women's k-2 500 meter canoeing; Marilyn Brain (1959- ), Angela Schneider (1959- ), Barbara Armbrust (1963- ), Jane Tregunno (1962- ) and Lesley Thompson (1959- ), in women's four with coxswain rowing; Elizabeth Craig (1957- ) and Tricia Smith (1957- ) in women's pairs rowing; Anne Ottenbrite (1966- ) in women's 100 meter breastbone swimming; Sharon Hambrook (1963- ) and Kelly Kryczka (1961- ) in women's synchronized swimming; Carolyn Waldo (1964- ) in women's solo synchronized swimming; Bronze Medals; Lynn Williams (1960- ) in women's 3000 meter run; Alexandra Barre (1958- ), Lucie Guay (1958- ), Susan Holloway (1955- ) and Barbara Olmsted (1959- ) in women's K-4 500 meter kayak; Silken Laumann (1964- ) and Daniele Laumann (1961- ) in woman's double sculls rowing; Reema Abdo (1963- ), Anne Ottenbrite, (1966- ) Michelle MacPherson (1966- )and Pamela Rai (1966- ) in women's X 100 meter swimming medley relay; Source: Canadian Olympic Committee.
1984 - Sylvie Bernier (1964- ) Gold Medal Olympic diver is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year
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)
August 1984 - Lisa Buscombe becomes Canada's 1st 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 - Cayenne is 1st published as a socialist feminist bulleting produced by a group who were formerly part of the International Women's Day Committee. It ceased publication in 1989.
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 Florence Scott (1928- ) is the 1st woman to be appointed as National Librarian, at the level of a deputy minister in the federal government.
1984 - Ursula Martius Franklin ( 1921- ) becomes the 1st woman to be named a university professor at the University of Toronto.
1984 - Pat Messner (1954- ) national, international and olympic medalist in water skiing is inducted into the Greater Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
February 10, 1984 - Born Stephanie Dixon (1984- ) born with only one leg, she is a highly decorated Paralympic athlete
September 27, 1984 - Born Avril Lavigne (1984- ) contemporary singer and son writer who rose quickly as an entertainer and star.
1984 - Died Eva Catherine Ault-Buels (1891-1984) pioneer ladies ice hockey player know as 'Queen of the Ice'.
1984 - Died - Nora Hendrix (1883-1984) Black pioneer of Vancouver, British Columbia & grandmother to Jimi Hendrix.
1984 - Died Jane Gray (1896-1984) early radio broadcaster.
1984 - Died Madge Edgar (1898-1984) administrative assistant
April 20, 1984 - Died Sheila Every Branford, (1918- 1984) author of one of the best animal tale, Incredible Journey.
April 27, 1984 - Died Lorraine McAllister (1922-1984) singer & actor on the west coast.
May 7, 1984 - Died Helen Kalvak (1901-1984) Inuit artist who helped found the Holman Eskimo Co-operative. 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.
July 16, 1984 - Died Camille Bernard (1898-1984) opera singer
October 8, 1984 - Died Francoise Aubut ( - 1984) renowned organist & educator.
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 – Nairobi Hosts the 3rd International Conference on Women’s Issues.
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.
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.
14, 1986 - Canada Post issues a commemorative stamp honouring the life
of Molly Brant (1736-1796), a
renowned aboriginal leader in Canadian history.
May 1986 - Karen Kidd (Robo the Clown) founds the 1st formal therapeudic clow program in the Child Life Department of the Winnipeg General Hospital.
May 2, 1986 - October 13, 1986 - Vancouver, British Columbia hosts a world exposition called 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 - Shirley Carr is the 1st woman to be president of the Canadian Labour Congress.
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 1st 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.)
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.
1987 - The Supreme Court of Canada states that sexual
harassment in the workplace is a form of sexual discrimination under
the Canadian Human Rights Act. (Robichaud v Canada 1987 2 S.C.R. 84)
and employers who tolerate sexual harassment would be held
1987 - Sheila Copps (1952- ) becomes the 1st member of the Canadian Parliament to have a baby while holding office.
1987 - In the case of Bonnie Robichaud (Public Service Association of Canada) vs the Canadian Government, the Supreme Court of Canada finds that "employers are responsible for maintaining a harassment free work environment.'
April 21-26, 1987 - The 1st World Invitational Tournament in women’s hockey is held in Mississauga, Ontario. The Championship trophy is named in honor of Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion (1921- )
The Raging Grannies is 1st 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.
|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)
1988 - Carol Anne Letheren (1942-2001) becomes the 1st woman appointed Chef de Mission for the Olympic Games.
February 15 - 28, 1988 - Olympic Games, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Silver Medals; Elizabeth Manley (1965- ) in women's singles figure skating. Bronze Medals: Karen Percy (1966- ) in women's downhill alpine skiing and women's super-G alpine skiing; Tracy Wilson (1961- ) and Robert McCall ice dancing, the 1st Canadian Olympic medal in Ice dance..
September 17 - October 2, 1988 - Olympic Games Seoul, Korea:
Gold medals; Carolyn Waldo (1964- ) in synchronized swimming and a second in the duet synchronized swimming with Michelle Cameron (1962- ). Waldo is the 1st Canadian woman to win two gold medals at a Summer Olympics.
Bronze Medals; Gina Smith (1957- ), Cynthia Ishoy (1952- ), Ashley Nicoll (1963- ) and Eva-Maria Pracht (1937- ) in equestrian dressage team; Andrea Nugent (1968- ), Allison Higson (1973- ), Jane Kerr (1968- ) and Lori Melien (1972- ) in women's 4X100 meters swimming medley relay. Source: Canadian Olympic Committee
1988 - Carolyn Waldo (1964- ) winner of two Olympic Gold Medals is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row & winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the Year
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 - Diva: A Quarterly Journal of Women of South Asian Origin begins publication by a small group of South Asian Feminist woemn in Toronto, Ontario. It ceases publication in 1996.
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 Blondwin (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 - Coltilda Yakimchuk becomes the 1st Black person elected president of the Registered Nurses Association of Nova Scotia
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 - Debbie Palmer (1955- ) escapes with her 8 children from the polygamous community of Bountiful, British Columbia bringing the spotlight on polygamous Mormon marriages in Canada
1988 - Bonnie and Fred Cappuccino (1935- ) becomes 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 1st 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.:
1988 - For the 1st time at the University of British Columbia women law students outnumber men
1989 - The Supreme Court of Canada declares that 'sexual
harassment in the workplace may be broadly defined as unwelcome
conduct of a sexual nature that detrimentally affects the work
environment or leads to adverse job related consequences for the
victims of the harassment.' (Janzen v Platy Enterprises Ltd. )
January 19, 1989 - Heather Erxleben (1966- ) 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 (1953- ) pass course to become Canada's 1st two female fighter pilots certified to fly fighter aircraft and available for combat roles...possible they are the 1st 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)
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 (1966- ) of Banff , Alberta wins a Silver Medal in women's alpine skiing
September 15, 1989 - Joan Pennefather is the 1st woman appointed as Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada
December 2, 1989 - Audrey McLaughlin, (1936- ) of the New Democratic Party, is the 1st woman federal leader of a Canadian political party
December 6, 1989 - 14 young female engineering students are murdered by a gunman at Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal. 10 other women were injured and four men were injured
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 - Ingrid Hall is the 1st woman from any country to become an ambassador to Indonesia Sources: Margaret K. Weiers, Envoys Extraordinary: Women of the Canadian Foreign Service. (Toronto; Dundurn, 1995);
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