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Viola Desmond didn't set out to be a civil rights leader. But in 1946 when she was removed from a theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia for sitting in a section reserved for whites, she fought back in court.
The beauty salon owner lost the case but strengthened the fight to end racial segregation in Canada. She went on to become a civil rights icon. In Nova Scotia, Heritage Day on February 16, 2015, has been dedicated to the legacy of Viola Desmond.
Life was a story of unending toil for many women in pioneer Canada.
Here’s an idea for a sesquicentennial project: Let’s close the gender gap.
Despite being front and centre of the suffrage movement, Francis Beynon drifted into obscurity and has been largely omitted from the historical record.
How a Canadian woman raised the morale of fellow civilian prisoners in a Japanese Second World War internment camp.