Kate Rice (1882-1963) changed the face of mining as Canada’s first woman prospector.
Viola Desmond (1914-1965) made Canadian history by standing up to racial discrimination.
Mary Two-Axe Early (1911-1996) defended the Treaty rights of Indigenous women by demanding changes to the Indian Act.
Idola Saint-Jean (1880-1945) transformed Canadian democracy by fighting for Quebec women’s right to vote.
Shannen Koostachin (1995-2010) took a stand for Indigenous youth and started an education rights movement.
Mary Ann Shadd Cary (1823-1893) gave a voice to Black Canadians by publishing a newspaper that advocated for the end of slavery.
Thérèse Casgrain (1896-1981) led the campaign for women's suffrage in Québec.
Agnes Macphail (1890-1954) set a high standard for women in politics.
Kenojuak Ashevak (1927-2013) created iconic art that bridged Inuit and Western cultures.
Emily Pauline Johnson (Mohawk name Tekahionwake) (1861-1913) achieved fame and respect through her poems celebrating First Nations culture.
Emily Carr (1871-1945) created iconic paintings of Canada’s northwest.
Wafa Dabbagh (c. 1962-2012) helped expand diversity in the Canadian Forces.
Emma Lajeunesse Albani (1847-1930) was an international operatic superstar.
Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova (1909-1990) was a Canadian humanitarian leader.
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