Women have played a large role in shaping the fabric of Canada, but don’t always get the recognition they deserve. From Doris Anderson, Chatelaine‘s longest serving editor-in-chief who was responsible for getting women’s rights included in Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms to Harriet Brooks, the first woman to earn a Master’s degree from McGill and one of the great, founding minds of the field of nuclear science, here are 10 women you need to know about.
Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823–1893)
Shadd Cary’s life is awash with firsts: The eldest of 13 children, she went on to become the first female newspaperwoman in North America and the first female editor in Canada for her anti-slavery publication, the Provincial Freeman. The firsts continued later in her life, too — she was the only female recruiting officer in the American Civil War and became Howard University’s first female law student, at age 60, no less.
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