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- July 2, 1941
The Royal Canadian Air Force announced the formation of a women's branch, called the Canadian Women's Auxiliary Air Force. The RCAF was the first branch of the Canadian military that accepted women.
- July 10, 1896
Thérèse Forget was born in Montreal, Quebec. She married politician Pierre Casgrain and raised a family, as well as becoming one of the leading suffragists in Quebec. Thérèse Casgrain was a prominent reformer and human rights activist who became the first woman in Canada to lead a political party - the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF).
July 31, 1913
Alys McKey Bryant became the first woman to fly a plane in Canada, when she performed in an exhibition flight for Prince Albert, Duke of York - who became King George VI. Alice was an American who learned to fly after winning a job to perform in flight demonstrations. She married John Bryant, one of the pilots who hired her, and ended her flying career after his death in August 1913.
Watch a short video clip of Alys and her plane.
Alys McKey Brant (Source unknown)
July 31, 1942
Canadian women could join the navy, thanks to a new order-in-council. The creation of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service enabled Canadian women to help out during the Second World War by joining a group soon known as the "Wrens".
Members of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service leaving for the United
Kingdom from Halifax, 1944.
(Canada. Dept. of National Defence/National
Archives of Canada/PA-108181)
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