2021 Marks the 100th anniversary of the first woman being elected to The House of Commons!
It is an important anniversary, as we have seen many women break barriers and rise up to positions of leadership over the years. It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the work that still needs to be done. In fact, as of 2021, only 29% of MPs in Canada are women.
This lack of representation is a problem Equal Voice has been dedicated to fight and solve over the last 20 years. For that, it is important that we all use our voices to encourage and work towards getting more women in politics.
Learn more about some of the women who have made history over the years:
First woman elected to the House of Commons in 1921
The Right Honourable Jeanne Sauvé
First woman Speaker of the House of Commons in 1980
The Honourable Ethel Blondin-Andrew
First First Nations (Dene) woman MP, elected in 1988
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell
First (and only) woman Prime Minister, appointed in 1993
The Hounourable Jean Augustine
First African Canadian woman MP, elected in 1993
The Honourable Sheila Copps
First woman Deputy Prime Minister appointed in 1993
The Honourable Hedy Fry
First Trinidadian woman MP, elected in 1993 and longest-serving woman MP
First Inuk woman MP and first woman MP for the Eastern Arctic elected in 1997
First openly 2SLGBTQ woman MP, elected in 1997 and first woman House Leader
First Chinese Canadian woman MP, elected in 1997
First Muslim woman MP, elected in 2004
First Taiwanese-Canadian woman MP, elected in 2004
First Indian Canadian woman MP, elected in 2004 (same time as Ruby Dhalla)
First Indian Canadian woman MP, elected in 2004 (same time as Nina Grewal)
The Honourable Shelly A Glover
First Metis woman MP, elected in 2008
First MP to wear a hijab in the House of Commons in 2018
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland
First woman Minister of Finance, appointed in 2020
The first Black woman and first Jewish woman to be elected leader of a federal party in Canada, in 2020.
*Disclaimer: This list is based on publicly available self-identification. If you notice any errors, please contact us at [email protected]