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30 Great Women

In a perfect world, the women on this list would be household names. But for too long history textbooks have focused on great men, to the exclusion of all others.

Choosing Great Women

Canada's History asked six distinguished women to create a shortlist of thirty nominees for our special Canada's Great Women feature. After a voting process, they chose a Top Ten, and then ten more notable women. The results surprised some people, including one of the judges. Listen to this podcast with writer and historian Charlotte Gray, who was on the judging panel.

More Trailblazers

Helen Armstrong

Who was that impassioned woman at the heart of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike? And why did her memory become lost to time? Filmmaker Paula Kelly set out to bring Helen Armstrong back from the margins of history.

Annie Mae Aquash

Murdered for her political convictions, Mi'kmaq activist Annie Mae Aquash left a spiritual legacy that refuses to die.


Augustinian Nurses

War, pestilence, and fire were the constant enemies of the young Augustinian nurses. But they persevered. Today the Hôtel-Dieu de Quebec stands testimony to their faith and charity.


Brideship Girls: B.C.’s version of les filles du roi

The arrival in 1862 of a ship full of single women eased the hearts of British Columbia’s lovesick bachelors — and lined the pockets of B.C.’s future premier.


Maria Lindsey Cobham

Pirate Maria Lindsey Cobham sent waves of fear through sailors in 1700s Canada.


Lizzie Cyr: The Person behind the Persons Case

In 1929, the British Privy Council ruled that Canadian women were persons under the law. What sparked this victory for women’s rights was the trial of a forgotten Calgary prostitute twelve years earlier.


Montreal’s Designing Women

In the 1960s, Montreal was a Modern architectural showcase. From Place Ville Marie to Place Bonaventure to Expo 67, the city reverberated with the construction of new and remarkable buildings. Remarkable too, for the time, were the number of women architects at the centre of this activity.

Author Rosemary Sadlier

Rosemary Sadlier, author and president of the Ontario Black History Society, tells us what inspired her to get involved in promoting Black history.

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