March 8th marks International Women's Day 2018. I read something in the news that got me concerned. Some Canadians participated in a survey on behalf of Historica Canada. It found that the majority of Canadians could not name the accomplishments of a list of important Canadian women from history. Forty percent of the participants could not recognize any of the 15 women on the list.
Here are 5 of the women I consider to be monumental in accomplishments:
1. Daphne Odjig - painter from the Wikwemikong Reserve on Manitoulin Island. Credited with forming the Indian Group of Seven.
2. Viola Desmond - activist from Nova Scotia. Refused to sit in the assigned section of a movie theatre in 1946. Was arrested and charged. Soon to be on the Canadian ten dollar bill.
3. Lucy Maude Montgomery - writer from Prince Edward Island. Wrote "Anne of Green Gables".
4. Bertha Wilson - born in Scotland. Was the first woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1982.
5. Bobbie (Fanny) Rosenfeld - athlete from Toronto. Was one of the first women allowed to compete in track and field at the 1928 Olympics.
To see a complete biography on these women, go to The Canadian Encyclopedia. To see the list of women on the survey check CTV news.
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