Women in Canadian History

Michelle Douglas joined the Canadian military in 1986 but was dismissed in 1989 for being “Not Advantageously Employable Due to Homosexuality.” She sued the Department of National Defence. In 1992, just before her case went to trial, the Canadian military abandoned its policy banning gays and lesbians and settled out of court. She shared her story in Ottawa in July 2018.
Mary Two-Axe Earley was a pioneer and architect of the Canadian women’s movement. Her political activism helped to forge a coalition of allies to challenge Canadian laws that discriminated against Indigenous women.
Rosemary Brown has the distinction of being Canada’s first Black female member of a provincial legislature and the first woman to run for leadership of a federal political party.

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