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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.

If you wish more information on the women listed in this timeline be sure and check out the On The Job pages.
LAST UPDATED August 2018

2016 February 2, 2016 - Melanie Mark (1976-   ) is the 1st Aboriginal  woman elected to the Legislature of British Colombia

February 15, 2016 -
The formation of the Preston Rivulettes Women's Hockey Club is named a National Historic Event. A federal historical marker reflecting this status is unveiled in Cambridge, Ontario December 22, 2017

August 19, 2016 - Bardish Chagger
(1980-   ) is sworn in as Leader of the Government, the 1st woman to hold this position

November 2016 - Ontario is the 1st province to pass the Al Families are Equal Act, which allows up to four people to be legal parents of a child they plan, conceive & raise together. The legislation protects the relationship between the children and all their parents, including non-biological parents

December 8, 2016 - Viola Desmond is chosen as the 1st Canadian woman to appear on the face of a circulating Bank of Canada note. The ban note will be issued in 2018

2016 - Wanda Thomas Elaine Bernard
(1953-   )  is the 1st Black Nova Scotia woman to serve in the Senate of Canada

2016 - Penny Oleksiak (2000-   )
wins four Olympic Medals in swimming is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year & winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's Top Overall Athlete of the year

Deaths 2016:
January 16, 2016 - Died Constance Elizabeth Beresford-Howe (1922-2016) author of short stories & novels
January 19, 2016 -
Died
Felicitas Svejda (1920-2016) geneticist
February 15, 2016 -
Died Constance Glube (1931-2016) 1st woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia
March 12, 2016 - -
Died Hilda Patricia Barry (1921-2016) World War ll decoder
March 24, 2016 -
Died
Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain (1924-2016) 1st woman appointed to the Quebec provincial cabine.
April 23, 2016 - Died Madeleine Louise Helene Sherwood (1922-2016) 1st woman to direct a short film for the American Film Institute.
May 8, 2016 -
Died Geneviève Salbaing (1922-2016) co-founder of Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
May 13, 2016 -
Died Jackie Shymanski (1965-2016) journalist with CTV & CNN
July 2, 2016 -
Died Simone Eileen Roach (1922-2016) nun & nursing educator.
July 13, 2016 -
Died Elsie Doreen Wingrove Earle (1923-2016) played with the All American Girls Baseball League
July 18, 2016 -
Died
Margaret Elizabeth Cooper (1919-2016) decoder during World War ll.
August 30, 2016 -
Died Elsie Eleanor Wayne (1932-2016) 1st woman mayor of Saint John , New Brunswick and former Member of Parliament
September 2, 2016 - Died Margaret 'Marmie' Perkins Hess (1916-2016) specialist in Inuit art and aboriginal crafts
September 12, 2016 -
Died Ellen Burka (1921-2016)  sport coach who is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
September 15, 2016 -
Died
Thelma Finlayson (1914-2016) professor emeritus in biology at Simon Fraser University.
September 19, 2016 -
Died
Annie Pootoogook (1969-2016) award winning Inuit artist
September 22, 2016 -
Died Ursula Martius Franklin (1921-2016) scientist, researcher, & professor
September 24, 2016 -
Died Raymonde 'Ray' Bowen (1919-2016) social activist for peace and women's rights
October 1, 2016 -
Died Daphne Odjig, (1919-2016) prolific Aboriginal artist
October 30, 2016 -
Died
Tammy Grimes (1934-2016) actor on stage & in movies
November 26, 2016 -
Died Jean Elinor Portugal (1921-2016) journalist & author who chronicled stories of Canadian war veterans
December 14, 2016 - Died Shirley Theresa Dysart (1928-2014) 1st woman to serve as leader of the opposition in New Brunswick legislature
 
2017 January 2017 - Friends Natasha Bakht & Lynda Collins make legal history in Canada as the 1st platonic co-parents named on a birht certificate. They call each other 'co-mommas' of their child

October 17, 2017 -
Stratford Shakespearian Festival, Stratford, Ontario announces it will put female actors in traditional male roles for 2018 season

October 23, 2017 -
The founding of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada in 1897) is recognized an Event of National Historic Significance

October 25, 2017 -
Ontario's safe access to abortion services act allows for safe access zones to be established around facilities that offer abortion services as well as the homes and offices of regulated abortion providers.

November 15, 2017 - Valerie Plant
is sworn in as the 1st woman mayor of the city of Montreal

November 15, 2017 - The 1st G7 Ministerial meeting on Gender Equality is held

November 16, 2017 - Halifax Women's History Society unveiled a bronze monument, a tribute to the women volunteers during World War ll. It is the 1st monument dedicated to women in the City of Halifax


2017 - Brooke Henderson (1997-    ) winner of two Ladies Professional Gold Association (LPGA) events  is voted by the Canadian Press as winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as Canada's Top Female Athlete of the Year

December 22, 2017 - A federal historical marker reflecting the Formation of the Preston Rivulettes Women's Hockey Club as a National Historic Event is unveiled in Cambridge, Ontario

Deaths 2017:

January 8, 2017 - Died Dorothy Charlotte Johnson (1925-2017) National President of the Women's Institutes & community volunteer
January 20, 2017 - Died
Joy Dorothy Coghill-Thorne (1926-2017) actor & promoter of theatre arts
January 26, 2017 -
Died
Barbara Howard (1920-2017) track runner, 1st Black Canadian to compete internationally
February 17, 2017 -
Died Dorothy Elizabeth 'Dodi' Robb (1921?-2012) queen of Canadian children's television
March 14, 2017 -
Died Arleene 'Johnnie' Johnson (1924-2017 played with the All American Girls Baseball League
March 20, 2017 -
Died
Betty Kennedy (1926-2017) well known radio & television personality, appointed to the senate in 2000April 24, 2017 - Died Anne Marguerite Squire (1920-2017) Moderator of the United Church of Can
April 30, 2017 - Died
Flora Minnie Leone Bagnall (1923-2017) award winning teacher & provincial politician
June 21, 2017 -
Died
Born Patricia Gwen Barlee (1963-2017) British Columbia environmentalist
August 8, 2017 - Died Cathleen Synge Morawetz (1923-2017) award winning mathematician
October 26, 2017 -
Died
Juliette Augustina Sysak Cavazzi (1926 -2107) singer & CBC TV personality
September 9, 2017
- Died
Gretta Chambers (1927-2017) university leader, columnist, broadcaster, & 1st woman chancellor of McGill University
December 21, 2017 - Died June Rowlands (1925-2017) 1st woman to be mayor of Toronto
December 25, 2017 -
Died
Francess Georgina Halpenny,(1919-2017)  editor and educator
 
2018 Augut 24, 2018 - Hailey Wickenheiser (1978-   )  is hired as a coach by the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey team.

Deaths 2018:

January 23, 2018  - Died Rosaleen Diana Dickson (1921-2018) journalist & playwright
February 17, 2018 -
Died Lauren Donna 'Becca' Schofield (1909-2018) social activist on social media
February 27, 2018 - Died
Violet Alice Lovelace (1936-2018) archer and archery businesswoman
April 24, 2018 - Died
Christine Lorna Beckett (1926 -2018) member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League
July 4, 2018 -
Died Carmen Champagne (1959-2018) singer of songs for children
August 14, 2018 - Died Mary Pratt (1935 -2018) acclaimed artist
   
   

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