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Aboriginal Women
  • mohawk saint
    Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits.
    by Allan Greer
    Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
    ISBN: 0-19-517487-9
    $39.95 (hardcover), 249 pages

    A biography of Catherine Tekakwitha (1656-1680), a Mohawk woman who became the first Aboriginal person in North America to be declared venerable by the Catholic Church. The book looks at the life of Catherine Tekakwitha as well as the interactions of Native Americans and French missionaries in the Mohawk village of Kahnawake. Alan Greer is a professor of history at the University of Toronto.
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    Book review from H-France

  • Anahareo,Archives of Ontario C273-1-0-39-16Devil in Deerskins: My Life with Grey Owl
    By Anahareo
    Markham, Ont.: Paperjacks, 1975.

  • Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary
    by Gretchen M. Bataille (ed.).
    New York/London: Garland Publishing, 1993.
    An excellent resource, featuring many Canadians.

  • During My Time, Florence Edenshaw Davidson, A Haida Woman
    by Margaret B. Blackman
    Vancouver: Douglas & McIntryre Ltd., 1982

  • Sadie Brower Neakok, An Inupiaq woman
    by Margaret B. Blackman
    Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1989

  • The Life and Death of Anna Mae Aquash
    by Johanna Brand
    Toronto: James Lorimer & Company, 1978
    The story of a Canadian woman active with the American Indian Movement, and her murder in 1976.

  • Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Iroquois Virgin, 1656-1680
    Quebec: Editions Magnificat, 1981 (1894)

  • Fifty Dollar Bride: Marie Rose Smith: A Chronicle of Metis Life in the 19th Century
    by Jock Carpenter
    Sidney, B.C.: Gray’s Publishing, 1977

  • Life Lived Like a Story: Life Stories of Three Yukon Native Elders
    by Julie Cruikshank et al
    Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 1990

  • My Name is Masak
    by Alice French
    Winnipeg, Man.: Peguis Publishers, 1977.

  • Stoney Creek Woman, The Story of Mary John by Bridget Moran
    Vancouver: Tillacum Library, 1988

  • Paddling
    Paddling to Where I Stand

    by Martine J. Reid, ed.
    Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2005
    ISBN: 0774809132
    $22.95 (paper), 283 pages; also available in hardback
    The memoirs of Agnes Alfred, a Qwiqwasutinuxw noblewoman who lived c. 1890-1992.
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  • I Am Nokomis, Too: The Biography of Verna Patronella
    by R.M. Vanderburgh
    Johnston. Don Mills, Ont.: General Publishing, 1977.

  • “Many Tender Ties”: Women in Fur-Trade Society in Western Canada, 1670-1870
    by Sylvia Van Kirk
    Winnipeg: Watson & Dwyer Pub., 1980

  • inuit entertainers
    Inuit Entertainers in the United States: From the Chicago World's Fair through the Birth of Hollywood
    by Jim Zwick
    West Conshohocken, PA: Infinity Publishing.com, 2006
    ISBN 0-7414-3488-1
    Paperback, 205 pages

    This book tells the fascinating stories of Inuit from Labrador who became successful entertainers in the United States back in 1892. The lively account begins when twelve Inuit families were taken to the United States to perform in the Chicago World's Fair, in an attraction called the Eskimo Village. The families and their American-born offspring subsequently appeared at fairs, museums and expositions across North America and abroad at such events as the Paris World's Fair.

    Esther and Columbia
    Esther and baby Columbia (Courtesy of Jim Zwick)
    Two notable women figure prominently in the book: Esther Eneutseak and her daughter Columbia, who was born in Chicago. Columbia eventually acted in the first Hollywood film with an Inuit cast.

    Author Jim Zwick writes extensively about the history of U.S. imperialism, and wrote the book Mark Twain's Weapons of Satire: Anti-Imperialist Writings on the Philippine-American War.

    Review article from the Canadian Review of Materials.
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Adventurers/Explorers/Wilderness Lovers
  • Women of the KlondikeWomen of the Klondike
    by Frances Backhouse
    Vancouver/Toronto: Whitecap Books, 1995

  • The New North: An Account of a Woman’s 1908 Journey Through Canada to the Arctic
    by Agnes Deans Cameron

  • Following the Curve of Time
    Following the Curve of Time
    by Cathy Converse
    Victoria: Touchwood Editions, 2008
    Hardcover, 312 pages

    Ever heard of M. Wylie "Capi" Blanchet? This book investigates the life of a fascinating woman who spent much of her time on the West Coast of Canada. After being widowed in 1926, Blanchet packed up her five children and their dog on a 25-foot boat and began exploring.
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  • Elsie Gregory MacGill
    Her Daughter the Engineer: The Life of Elsie Gregory MacGill
    by Richard I. Bourgeois-Doyle
    Ottawa: NRC Research Press, 2008
    332 pages

    A new biography about Canadian pioneer Elsie MacGill, who was the first woman in the world to become an aeronautical engineer. And also the first female aircraft designer. Daughter of the influential judge Helen MacGill, Elsie was also a feminist who played a notable role in the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.
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  • Silent Partners, Wives of National Park Wardens
    by Ann Dixon
    Pincher Creek, Alta.: Dixon and Dixon Publishers, 1985
    Life stories and photos collected by Ann Dixon, the wife of a former National Park Warden. This limited edition publication is available directly from the author at the price of $15.00 for paperbacks and $40.00 for hardcovers; these prices include all taxes but postage is extra.:
    Dixon and Dixon Publishers
    Box 1893
    Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0
    Phone: (403) 627-5137

  • La Premiere canadienne au Nord-Ouest.
    by B. Dugas
    Saint-Dizier, France: J. Thevenot, 1907.
    The life of Marie-Anne Gaboury (1780-1875), first French-Canadian woman to travel and settle in the Northwest of Canada.

  • A Woman’s Way through Unknown Labrador. by Mrs. Leonidas Hubbard
    London: John Murray, 1908.

  • Lilies&Fireweed: Frontier Women of British Columbia.
    by Stephen Hume
    Harbour Publishing.
    Profiles aboriginal and pioneer women in B.C.

  • Wilderness Women.
    by Jean Johnston
    Toronto: Peter Martin, 1973.
    Biographies of eight adventurous women in Canadian history, beginning with Gudrid the Viking.

  • Alone in Silence: European Women in the Canadian Arctic before 1940.
    by Barbara E. Kelcey
    Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001.
    This well-documented book was wrritten by Manitoba historian Barbara E. Kelcey. It describes a variety of Canadian women (of European descent) who travelled or settled in the Northwest Territories prior to World War II.

  • Catherine Schubert
    By Vicky Metcalf
    Don Mills, Ont.: Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd., 1978.
    Written for young readers. A biography of the only woman among the Overlanders of 1862, the group who crossed the Rockies in search of gold in the Cariboo.

  • Wild West Women: Travellers, Adventurers and Rebels
    by Rosemary Neering
    Vancouver/Toronto: Whitecap Books, 2000.

  • Oltmann, Ruth. Lizzie Rummel, Baroness of the Canadian Rockies
    by Ruth Oltmann
    Exshaw, Alta.: Ribbon Creek Publishing Company, 1983.
    The story of Lizzie Rummel (1879-1980), who ran a wilderness lodge in the Canadian Rockies.

  • Old Indian Trails
    by Mary Schaffer
    London: Knickerbocker Press, 1911.
    The explorations of Mary Schaffer in the Rockies in 1907 and 1908.

  • this wild spirit
    This Wild Spirit: Women in the Rocky Mountains of Canada
    Edited by Colleen Skidmore
    Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2006
    ISBN-10: 0888644663
    ISBN-13: 978-0888644664
    Paperback, 508 pages

    This fascinating book documents how a variety of adventurous women reacted to their explorations of the Rocky Mountains in the late 19th and 20th century. A great collection of reproductions of stories, travel writing, poetry, posters, photographs, embroidery and beadwork, letters and diaries.
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  • Angel of Hudson Bay: The True Story of Maud Watt
    by William Ashley Anderson
    Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1974.

  • I Married the Klondike
    by Laura Berton
    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1972.

  • Maria Mahoi
    Maria Mahoi of the Islands: The Worth of an Everyday Woman

    by Jean Barman
    Vancouver: New Star Books, 2004.
    The story of a pioneer on the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, where she was born to a Hawaiian father and a First Nations mother.

  • I Was No Lady ... I Followed the Call of the Wild: The Autobiography of a Fur Trader’s Wife
    by Jean W. Godsell
    Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1959.

  • Woman of Labrador
    by Elizabeth Goudie
    Toronto: Peter Martin, 1973.

  • Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill
    by Charlotte Gray
    Toronto: Penguin Books Of Canada, Limited, 1999.

  • Les filles du roi au XVIIe siecle: Orphelines en France, pionnieres au Canada.
    by Yves Landry
    Ottawa: Lemeac Editeur, 1992.
    The story of the young women sent to New France as brides by King Louis XIV of France.

  • Laura Secord. The Lady and the Legend
    by Ruth McKenzie
    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1971.

  • housewife
    The Canadian Housewife
    by Rosemary Neering
    Vancouver: Whitecap Books, 2005.
    ISBN: 1552857174
    $29.95 (hardcover), 256 pages

    Author Rosemary Neering of Victoria has written a lively account of the Canadian housewife, from the 1600s to the 1950s. Includes historical images, quotes, recipes and household tips.
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  • Sisters in Two Worlds
    Sisters in Two Worlds
    by Michael Peterman
    Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 2007
    Hardcover, 176 pages

    An attractive collection that illustrates the lives of the pioneer sisters Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie. This book includes historical images, letters, photos of artefacts and the places associated with the sisters and their families.
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  • A Harvest Yet to Reap: A History of Prairie Women
    by Linda Rasmussen
    Toronto: Women’s Press, 1976.

  • Pioneer Profiles of New Brunswick Settlers
    by Charlotte Gourlay Robinson
    Belleville: Mika Publishing Company, 1980.

  • Arctic Bride
    by Wanda Neill Tolboom
    Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1956.
    Life at a Hudson Bay post in northern Quebec.

  • I Was There
    by Mary Edith Tyrrell
    Toronto: Ryerson, 1938.
    Experiences of the author, who was married to J.B. Tyrrell of the Geological Survey.

Music, Painting, Photography and Performing Arts
  • Sybil Jacobson: Painting in the West
    by Mary G. Alexander
    Toronto: HMS Press, 1984.
    Biography of painter Sybil Jacobson (1881-1953).

  • The Life of Emily Carr
    by Paula Blanchard
    Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre, 1987.

  • Pegi By Herself
    Pegi By Herself: The Life of Pegi Nicol MacLeod, Canadian Artist
    by Laura Brandon
    Montreal/Toronto: McGill-Queens University Press, 2005.
    ISBN: 0773528636
    $49.95, 280 pages
    A biography of the prominent Canadian artist Pegi Nicol MacLeod, who painted pictures of Women's Services during World War II.
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  • Pauline Donalda: The Life and Career of a Canadian Prima Donna
    by Ruth C. Brotman
    Montreal: Eagle Publishing Co., 1975.
    Story of opera store Pauline Lightstone Donalda.

  • Beauty Answers
    And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wylie
    by Elspeth Cameron
    Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2007
    504 pages

    The story to two Canadian artists who met at the Chicago Art Institute in 1906, where they developed an enduring partnership. The women played an important role in the development of sculpture in Canada.
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  • Growing Pains: An Autobiography of Emily Carr
    by Emily Carr
    Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1966.

  • Eight Women Photographers of British Columbia, 1860-1968
    by Myrna Cobb and Sher Morgan
    Victoria: Applied Communication Program, Camosun College, 1979.

  • Mary Pickford, From Here to Hollywood
    by Scott Eyman
    Toronto: Harper Collins, 1990.
    Biography of actress and producer Mary Pickford, from Toronto.

  • From Women’s Eyes: Women Painters in Canada
    by Dorothy Farr and Natalie Luckyj, eds.
    Kingston, Ont.: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 1975.

  • Kathleen Parlow, A Portrait
    by Maida Parlow French
    Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1967.
    Biography of Calgary violinist Kathleen Parlow, born in 1890.

  • Life Before Stratford, The Memoirs of Amelia Hall
    by Amelia Hall
    Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1989.
    Story of professional actress Amelia Hall (1916-1984), who ran Canadian Repertory Theatre of Ottawa.

  • Anne Savage: The Story of a Canadian Painter
    by Anne McDougall
    Montreal: Harvest House, 1977.
    Biography of painter Anne Savage (1896-1971).

  • Unselling encounters
    Unsettling Encounters: First Nations Imagery in the Art of Emily Carr
    by Gerta Moray
    Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2006
    ISBN-10: 0295986085
    ISBN-13: 978-0295986081
    Hardcover, 386 pages

    An interesting book written by an art history professor, who focuses on Emily Carr's depiction of the First Nations of British Columbia but looks at the entire life of the painter. Author Gerta Moray spent more than two decades putting together this new biography, which includes 91 large colour illustrations.
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  • Nightingale of the North: Georgina Stirling, Marie Toulinquet
    by Amy Louise Peyton
    St. John’s Nfld.: Jesperson Press, 1983.

  • Memoires d’Emma Albani
    by Gilles Potvin, trans. and ed.
    Montreal: Editions du Jour, 1972.
    Story of an international star of the opera: Emma Albani (1847-1930).

  • Emilie Chamand, tisserande
    by Angeline Saint-Pierre
    Quebec: Editions Garneau, 1976.
    Biography of famed weaver Emilie Chamand.

  • This and That, Emily Carr
    edited by Ann-Lee Switzer
    Victoria, BC: Ti-Jean Press, 2007
    ISBN: 1-894463-92-7
    Paperback, 206 pages

    Ann-Lee Switzer has put together a fascinating collection of previously unpublished stories penned by the legendary Emily Carr, painter and writer. Carr wrote these stories during the last couple of years of her life, with the intention of publishing them in a book. After discovering these writings in the British Columbia Provincial Archives, Switzer transcribed them and eventually slected 61 to be published.

  • artists
    The Women of Beaver Hall, Canadian Modernist Painters
    by Evelyn Walters
    Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2005.
    ISBN: 1550025880
    $60.00 (hardcover), 192 pages

    This beautiful book, featuring 65 colour illustrations, tells the stories of ten female Canadian artists considered to be the counterparts of the Group of Seven: Emily Coonan, Nora Collyer, Prudence Heward, Mabel Lockerby, Mabel May, Sarah Robertson, Anne Savage, and Ethel Seath. An opportunity to view artistic works that have been hidden away for many years.
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  • The Magic Box, The Eccentric Genius of Hannah Maynard
    by Claire Weissman Wilks
    Toronto: Exile Editions Ltd., 1980.
    Story of British Columbia photographer Hannah Maynard (1834-1918).

Collections of Biographies
  • Profils feminins, trente figures de proue canadiennes
    by Emilia B. Allaire
    Quebec: Editions Garneau, 1967.

  • Some Black Women: Profiles of Black Women in Canada
    by Rella Braithwaite and Tessa Benn-Ireland
    Toronto: Sister Vision, 1993.

  • Jin Guo: Voices of Chinese Canadian Women
    by Chinese Canadian National Council
    Toronto: Toronto Women’s Press, 1992.

  • Femmes de chez nous
    Saint-Boniface, Manitoba: Les Editions du Ble, 1985.
    One hundred bios of Franco-Manitoban women.

  • Wild Roses at Their Feet: Pioneer Women of Vancouver Island
    by Elizabeth Forbes
    Vancouver: British Columbia Centennial Committee, 1971.

  • 100 Canadian Heroines
    100 Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces
    by Merna Forster
    Foreword by The Right Honourable Kim Campbell
    Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2004
    ISBN: I-55002-514-7
    $24.99 (paper), 288 pages

    • "...an exciting book of great characters."
      The Beaver
      Canada's History Magazine
    • "...fresh and informative, even to the seasoned feminist reader. I'd never heard of half of these women before--what a shame! "
      Penni Mit chell

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  • Women in British Columbia
    by Jan Gould
    Saanichton, B.C.: Hancock House Publishers, 1975.

  • The Clear Spirit: Twenty Canadian Women and Their Times
    by Mary Quayle Innis, ed.
    Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1966. Reprinted 1967, 1973.

  • Silhouettes acadiennes
    by Therese Lemieux and Gemma Caron
    Federation des Dames d’Acadie, 1981.
    One hundred bios of women associated with Acadia. Born in the period 1815-1941.

  • ...And Mighty Women Too
    by Grant MacEwan
    Saskatoon: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1975.

  • Extraordinary Ordinary Women: Manitoba Women and Their Stories
    by Manitoba Clubs of the Canadian Federation of University Women
    Winnipeg: Winnipeg Sun, 2000.

  • Notable Saskatchewan Women, 1905-1980
    Regina: Saskatchewan Labour, Women’s Division, 1980.

  • Maids and Matrons of New France
    by Mary S. Pepper
    Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1901.

  • Penticton Women
    Celebrating Penticton Women 1908-2008
    by Cass Robinson
    82 pages, incuding many photos ISBN-978-0-9784356-0-8

    A book developed to commemorate some of those women who contributed to the development of Penticton, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008. A second book will be launched in October 2008.
    Buy from the author, who can be reached at 400bruce@telus.net. Can also be purchased in Pentiction at the local museum or the Lloyd Art Gallery.

  • Pioneer Women of Western Canada
    by Margot Smith and Carol Pasternak
    Curriculum Series, no. 32. Toronto: OISE,1978.

  • Remarkable Women of Newfoundland and Labrador
    by St. John’s Local Council of Women
    St. John’s, Nfld.: Valhalla Press Canada, 1976.

  • Canadiennes
    by A. Tessier
    Montreal: Fides, 1962.
    Stories of heroic Canadian women, beginning in 1617.

  • The Finest Kind, Voices of Newfoundland and Labrador Women
    by Marian Frances White, ed.
    St. John’s Nfld.: Creative Publishers, 1992.

  • A Century of Women
    by Zonta Club of Charlottetown
    Charlottetown: Zonta Club of Charlottetown, 1967.
    Short bios of women (born pre 1902) associated with Prince Edward Island.

Science and Technology
  • Despite the Odds: Essays on Canadian Women and Science
    by Marianne Gosztonyi Ainley, ed.
    Montreal: Vehicule Press, 1990.
    Includes bios of many accomplished scientists, including Margaret Newton (plant diseases), Isabella Newton (horticulturalist), Alice Wilson (geologist), Cypra Krieger (mathematician).

  • Rosalie BertellRosalie Bertell: Scientist, Eco-Feminist, Visionary
    by Mary-Louise Engels
    Toronto: Women's Press, 2005.
    ISBN: 0889614504
    $16.95 (paperback)

    This book profiles the remarkable Canadian scientist Dr. Rosalie Bertell, who joined the Grey Nuns before earning a doctorate in biometrics and working as an environmental epidemiologist. Dr. Bertell has become a notable peace activist and a crusader for the environmental protection.

  • Radio Ladies
    Radio Ladies: Canada's Women on the Air
    by Peggy Stewart
    ISBN 978-0-9866105-0-9
    Magnetewan Publishing, 2011
    300 pages
    Were there any Canadian women in the early days of radio? Author Peggy Stewart decided to tell the stories of female radio broadcasters in the period from 1922 to 1975. She interviewed some of the radio stars themselves, as well as relatives of other women who made history in radio broadcasting.
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  • Harriet Brooks: Pioneer Nuclear Scientist
    by Marlene F. Rayner-Canham and Geoffrey Rayner-Canham
    Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 1992.
    Biography of physicist Harriet Brooks (1876-1933).

Politics, Social Reform
  • The Heiress The Heiress vs. the Establishment: Mrs. Campbell's Campaign for Legal Justice
    by Constance and Nancy Backhouse
    Vancouver: UBC Press, 2004.
    ISBN: 0774810521
    $45.00, 344 pages
    This book is a lively account of the battle of a Canadian socialite to obtain the inheritance she believed her mother had left her. Despite her lack of legal training, Elizabeth Bethune Campbell was forced to take on her own case and even appeared before the Law Lords of the U.K. Privy Council.
    Book review from H-NET
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  • My Ninety Years
    by Martha Louise Black
    Anchorage, Alaska: Northern History Library, Alaska Publishing Co., 1976.
    Autobiography of Martha Louise Black (1866-1957), from early adventures in the Klondike gold rush to being elected to the House of Commons at age seventy.

  • A Woman in a Man’s World
    by Therese Casgrain
    Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1973. Montreal: Editions du Jour, 1971.
    Autobiography of Therese Casgrain (1896-1981). Feminist, politician.

  • Sheila Copps Worth Fighting For
    by Sheila Copps
    Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2004.
    ISBN: 0771022824
    A controversial book by former Liberal cabinet minister Sheila Copps, who has written about the backrooms of politics and her former colleagues on Parliament Hill. Copps is extremely critical of Prime Minister Paul Martin in particular.
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  • Perennials and Politics: The Life Story of the Hon. Irene Parlby
    by Barbara Villy Cormack
    Sherwood Park, Alta.: Professional Printing, 1968.
    Biography of Mary Irene Parlby (1868-1965), with experiences as a legislator and in founding of the United Farm Women of Alberta.

  • Agnes Macphail and the Politics of Equality
    by Terry Crowley
    Toronto: James Lorimer and Company, 1990.
    Biography of the first women elected to the House of Commons: Agnes Macphail (1890-1954).

  • Saturday’s Child: Memoirs of Canada’s First Female Cabine Minister
    by Ellen Louks Fairclough
    Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995.

  • Nellie McClung
    Extraordinary Canadians: Nellie McClung
    by Charlotte Gray
    Penguin Canada, 2008
    332 pages

    A book in the Extraordinary Canadians series. Acclaimed author Charlotte Gray provides a new look at the amazing Nellie McClung, widely know as a politician, social activist, author and feminist.
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  • Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King
    by Charlotte Gray
    Toronto: Penguin Books Canada, 1998.

  • Deb Grey Never Retreat, Never Explain, Never Apologize
    by Deborah Grey
    Vancouver: H. B. Fenn & Company, 2004.
    ISBN: 1552636208
    $29.95 (hardcover)
    This book is an autobiography of the Alberta schoolteacher who became the first member of the Reform Party elected to the House of Commons. During her political career, Deborah Grey was an outspoken MP and a colourful character on the Hill--sometimes zooming to work on her Honda Goldwing motorcycle. The title of the book comes from a famous quote by Nellie McClung, Grey's political idol.
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  • Lois Hole
    Lois Hole Speaks: Words That Matter
    by Lois Hole (author) and Mark Lisac (editor)
    Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2008
    440 pages

    Lois Hole was born in Saskatchewan to a mother of Swedish background and a father with Doukhobor origins. Lois lived in Alberta for more than sixty years and made a significant impact on the province. As described in the excellent introduction to the book, she was a well-loved lady as well as a high-achiever. Hole was not only a respected politician, but also an accomplished author, an amazing gardener, a devoted school trustee, a university chancellor, and a successful entrepreneur. And Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta. This new book features some of her many speeches, which were selected by editor Mark Lisac. An inspiring collection which is a fine tribute to a woman who touched many people during her life.

    The book is illustrated with a variety of black and white photographs, depicting Hole from childhood through to her final years.
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  • First Person: A Biography of Cairine Wilson, Canada’s First Woman Senator
    by Valerie Knowles
    Toronto: Dundurn Press,1988.

  • The Famous Five: Five Canadian Women and Their Fight to Become Persons
    by Nancy Millar

  • Marie Gerin-Lajoie, de mere en fille, la cause des femmes
    by Helene Pelletier-Baillargeon
    Montreal: Boreal Express, 1985.
    Biography of Marie Gerin-Lajoie (1890-1971), prominent Quebec feminist and social reformer.

  • Agnes Macphail: Reformer
    by Doris Pennington
    Toronto: Simon & Pierre, 1989.

  • Ten Thousand Roses Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution
    by Judy Rebick
    Toronto: Penguin Canada, 2005.
    ISBN: 0-14-301544-3
    $24.00 (paper), 280 pages
    Author and activist Judy Rebick collected the stories of over a hundred Canadian feminists to weave together a history of the women's movement in Canada. A notable feminist and political commentator, Rebick is the Sam Gindin chair in social justice and democracy at Ryerson University. She is also the former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women.

    The book brings to light the contributions of Canada women in fighting for legalized abortion, pay equity and employment equity, rights for Aboriginal women, child care, etc. from the 1960s through the 1990s. An important record of the second wave of feminism in Canada. Judy Rebick also publishes the website rabble.ca
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  • Agnes: The Biography of Lady Macdonald
    by Louise Reynolds
    Ottawa: Carleton University Press, 1990.

  • More Than a Rose: Prime Ministers, Wives, and Other Women
    by Heather Robertson
    Toronto: Seal Books, 1991.

  • The Persons Case
    The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood
    by Robert J. Sharp and Patricia I. McMahon
    Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007
    Hardcover, 272 pages

    A comprehensive examination of The Persons Case, including the case itself as well as the key individuals involved and the significant effects of the judgement. The authors are both notable legal experts. Sharpe is a Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, while McMahon is an associate with the law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.
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  • Still Counting
    by Linda Trimble and Jane Arscott
    Broadview Press, 2003.
    The authors, political scientists from Alberta, look at why Canadian women continue to be poorly represented in both federal and provincial legislatures. An informative website from Athabasca University complements the book and provides updates on women in politics - such as how women fared in the 2004 federal election. The authors also invite readers to submit opinions, stories, etc. about the challenges facing Canadian female politicians.
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  • Back the Attack!: Canadian Women During the Second World War - At Home and Abroad
    by Jean Bruce
    Toronto: Macmillan of Canada, 1985.

  • No Man’s Land: The Battlefield Paintings of Mary Riter Hamilton
    by Angela E Davis and Sarah M. McKinnon
    Winnipeg: The University of Winnipeg, 1992.

  • Women Overseas: Memoirs of the Canadian Red Cross Corps
    by Frances M. Day et al.
    Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 1998.

  • Mona Parsons: from privilege to prison, from Nova Scotia to Nazi Europe
    by Andria Hill
    Halifax: Nimbus Publishing Ltd., 2000.

  • War Brides
    War Brides
    by Melynda Jarratt
    UK: Tempus Publishing Ltd, 2007
    ISBN-10: 0752443097
    ISBN-13: 978-0752443096
    288 pages

    Read some great stories about Canadian war brides in this new book. Buy from amazon.ca

  • Victory Harvest
    Victory Harvest: Diary of a Canadian in the Women's Land Army
    by Marion Kelsey
    Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007
    ISBN-10: 0773531564
    ISBN-13: 978-0773531567
    227 pages

    This book tells the story of Marion Kelsey in World War II, told through entries in her dairy from 1940 until September 1944. Kelsey went to Great Britain to be closer to her husband, who was a soldier. She joined the Women's Land Army, performing agricultural work such as driving tractors during the war.
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  • Blackouts to Bright Lights: Canadian War Bride Stories
    by Barbara Ladouceur et al.
    Vancouver : Ronsdale Press, 1996.

  • The Memory of All That: Canadian Women Remember World War II
    by Ruth Latta
    Burnstown, Ontario: General Store Publishing House, 1993.

  • Margaret Macdonald Margaret Macdonald: Imperial Daughter
    by Susan Mann
    Montreal and Toronto: McGill-Queens University Press, 2005.
    ISBN: 0-7735-2999-3
    $39.95 (cloth), 2305 pages

    This book is a biography of Canadian heroine Margaret Macdonald, a pioneer in the field of military nursing. Author Susan Mann provides a scholarly look at the remarkable nurse who served in the Spanish-American and Boer Wars, as well as in Panama during the construction of the canal and in Europe during World War I.
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  • The War Diary of Clare Gass 1915-1918
    by Susan Mann, ed.
    Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000.

  • war letters
    Your Daughter, Fanny: The War Letters of Frances Cluett
    by Bert Riggs and William R. Rompkey, eds.
    St. John's, NL: Flanker Press , 2006
    ISBN: 1-894463-92-7
    Paperback, 172 pages

    A collection of letters written by a Newfoundland-born nurse, Frances Cluett, while she was stationed in a military hospital in France during the First World War.
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  • If kisses were roses : a 50th anniversary tribute to war brides : Canada remembers
    by Helen Shewchuck, ed.
    Naughton, Ont.: H.H. Shewchuck, c1996.

  • Nobody Ever Wins A War: The World War I Diaries of Ella Mae Bongard, R.N.
    by Eric Scott, ed.
    Ottawa: Janeric Enterprises, 1997.

  • Promise you'll take care of my daughter: the remarkable war brides of World War II
    by Ben Wicks
    Toronto : Stoddart, 1993.

  • Elsie Gregory MacGill
    Her Daughter the Engineer: The Life of Elsie Gregory MacGill
    by Richard I. Bourgeois-Doyle
    Ottawa: NRC Research Press, 2008
    332 pages

    A new biography about Canadian pioneer Elsie MacGill, who was the first woman in the world to become an aeronautical engineer. And also the first female aircraft designer. Daughter of the influential judge Helen MacGill, Elsie was also a feminist who played a notable role in the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.
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  • Women in Canadian Life: Sports
    by Jean Cochran et al.
    Toronto: Fitzhenry and Whiteside, 1977.

  • Celebrating Excellence: Canadian Women Athletes
    by Wendy Long
    Vancouver: Polestar Book Publishers, 1995.

  • For the Record: Canada’s Greatest Women Athletes
    by David McDonald
    Rexdale, Ontario: Mesa Associates, 1981.

  • Proud Past, Bright Future: One Hundred Years of Canadian Women’s Hockey
    by Brian McFarlane
    Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 1995.

  • No Place for a Lady: the story of Canada’s women pilots, 1928-1992
    by Shirley Render
    Winnipeg: Portage and Main Press, 1992.

  • Daring Lady Flyers
    by Joyce Spring
    Porters Lake (N.S.): Pottersfield Press, 1994.

  • Margaret Laurence
    Margaret Laurence, A Gift of Grace: A Spiritual Biography
    by Noelle Boughton
    Toronto: Women's Press, 2006
    100 pages

    The spirtual journey of author Margaret Laurence.
    "A glorious and profound accomplishment. Here is the beloved Margaret Laurence with all her decency, complexity, and uncompromising truth."
    —June Callwood, author and activist

  • Looking for Anne
    Looking for Anne: How Lucy Maud Montgomery Dreamed Up a Literary Classic
    by Irene Gammel
    Toronto: Key Porter Books, 2008
    Hardcover, 312 pages

    As the title suggests, this book explores how author Lucy Maud Montgomery managed to create the novel Anne of Green Gables - a book that has been incredibly popular since it was printed in 1908. The publisher notes that the book has never been out of print during the past century, and has sold more than 50 million copies. If you are interested in knowing how the book came about and why it is so appealing to this day, this is the book for you! Even Lucy Maud's granddaughter recommends the book.
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  • My Life As A Dame
    My Life As A Dame: The Personal and the Political in the Writings of Christina McCall
    by Christina McCall (author) and Stephen Clarkson (editor)
    Toronto: House of Anansi, 2008
    Hardcover, 384 pages

    A great collection of the writings of Canadian political writer Christina McCall, who died in 2005 at the age of 70. She began her career in journalism at Maclean's magazine in the 1950s and was later a staff writer for Saturday Night. The book is an excellent resource that includes articles, essays and excerpts from unpublished memoirs.
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  • No Daughter of Mine: The Women and History of the Canadian Women’s Press Club 1904-1971
    by Kay Rex
    Toronto: Cedar Cave Books, 1995.

  • Magic Island
    Magic Island: The Fictions of L.M. Montgomery
    by Elizabeth Waterston
    Oxford University Press, 2008
    Hardcover, 265 pages

    A new look at the world of author L.M. Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables. The book explores the links between Montgomery's books and her personal and professional life.
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