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Great Canadian Women

Portraits of Nineteen Extraordinary Women

by (author) Lisa Wojna

Folklore Publishing
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
Women, General, Historical
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
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We want women leaders today as never before. Leaders who are not afraid to be called names and who are willing to go out and fight. I think women can save civilization. Women are persons.

-Emily Murphy, 1931

Emily Murphy and four other determined women took their fight to be legally declared persons all the way to the Privy Council in Britain, and in 1929 they won. Almost eight decades later, Canadian women continue to challenge their limits.

Great Canadian Women honours the legacy and continuing struggle of women of talent and courage who, from all walks of life and vocations, have contributed significantly to Canada's evolution. These women and countless others have ignored or conquered society's strictures to fulfil their destinies and change forever their country:

• Marion Orr, who ferried fighter planes to England during World War II and established flight schools in Ontario

• Louise Arbour, the controversial Supreme Court Justice who was appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2004

• Anne Murray, known as Canada's Songbird and the first Canadian artist to have an American gold record

• Barbara Frum, the dedicated newscaster and journalist for CBC Radio who pioneered the popular and influential current affairs program As It Happens

• Rene Caisse, inventor of Essiac, a herbal remedy that has been touted as a cure for cancer

• Helen Huston, a medical missionary who brought health care and a hospital to the people of Nepal

• Charlotte Whitton, the brash and colourful mayor of Ottawa; the first woman to hold such an office in Canada

• Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, a national organization that promotes peace and disarmament to the international community.

And many more...

About the author

Bestselling author Lisa Wojna has authored or co-authored more than 20 books for Blue Bike Books, including Weird Canadian Laws and the Bathroom Book of Canadian Quotes. She has also written many other non-fiction books. Having worked in the community newspaper industry as a writer and journalist, she has traveled all over Canada from the windy prairies of Manitoba to northern British Columbia and even to the wilds of Africa. Although writing and photography have been a central part of her life for as long as she can remember, it’s the people behind every story that are her motivation and give her the most fulfillment.

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