3 Women in Canadian History – International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day.  A day we celebrate the women who have made a difference to the world. What have these women done? They have made an impact on the way women are seen, the freedom to vote and to be seen as equals to men. While there are many women around the world who have made an impact on the lives of women, I am sharing 3 women in Canadian history.

Women in Canadian History


Women in Canadian History


Viola Irene Desmond (1914 – 1965) A Canadian Black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation at a theatre in Nova Scotia in 1946. She refused to leave a whites-only area and was unjustly convicted of a minor tax violation used to enforce segregation. This is one of the most publicized incidents of racial discrimination in Canadian history. It helped start the modern civil rights movement in Canada.

Emily Pauline Johnson  (1861 – 1913) A Canadian writer and performer popular in the late 19th century. Johnson was notable for her poems and performances that celebrated her Aboriginal heritage. Her poetry was published in Canada, the United States and Great Britain. Johnson was one of a generation of widely read writers who began to define a Canadian literature.

Women in Canadian History

Chiefswood, Johnson’s childhood home constructed in 1856 in Brantford. It has been listed as a National Historic Site because of both her father’s and her own historical importance. Preserved as a house museum, it is the oldest Native mansion surviving from pre-Confederation times

Adelaide Hoodless  (1857 – 1910) A Canadian educational reformer who founded the international women’s organization known as the Women’s Institute that included the National Council of Women, the Victorian Order of Nurses and the YWCA in Canada. She was a force behind the formation of three faculties of Household Science. (home economics)


The Leaves Like Women Interchange- Emily Dickinson

The Leaves like Women interchange
Exclusive Confidence—
Somewhat of nods and somewhat
Portentous inference.

The Parties in both cases
Enjoining secrecy—
Inviolable compact
To notoriety.

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