Every October we get together to celebrate the courageous women who helped shape our country. Throughout the years Historica Canada has created Heritage Minutes that showcase the impact women have had on our society. These strong women stood up, fought for what they believed in, and claimed their place in history.
Share this list with your students, and let us know how you are celebrating women’s HERstory month.
Agnes Macphail was the first woman elected to parliament in 1921 and championed issues such as worker’s rights, prison reform, seniors’ pension and gender equity.
Jennie Trout fought to become the first woman to legally become a medical doctor in Canada in 1875. She was also the only woman in Canada licensed to practice medicine until 1880.
Kenojuak Ashevak was a Canadian artist and is regarded as one of the most notable Canadian pioneers of modern Inuit art.
In 1813, Laura Secord walked 20 miles to warn Lieutenant FitzGibbons of an impending ambush from American troops. This information helped the British and Mohawk warrior allies to repel the Americans and eventually win the war.
Lucille Teasdale was a Canadian physician and pediatric surgeon. Her work in Uganda from 1961-1996 contributed to the development of medical services in the north of the country.
Nellie McClung helped to advance the independence of women. As part of the ‘Famous 5’ group, she petitioned the Supreme Court to have women declared as ‘qualified persons’ who were eligible for public office.
Viola Desmond was a Black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation by refusing to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre. She was convicted of a minor tax violation, and her case helped to ignite the modern civil rights movement in Canada.