Marie Thérèse Forget Casgrain

Born Montreal, Canada, 1896; died Montreal 1981; suffragist; President League for Women’s Rights (1928-1942); member of the Liberal, Cooperative Commonwealth Federation and New Democratic Party; appointed to Canadian Senate 1970; first woman to head political party in Quebec (CCF 1951); 1961 founded Quebec branch of the Voice of Women committed to world peace.

 Further reading:

“Marie Thérèse (Forget) Casgrain,” Celebrating Women’s Achievements. Library and Archives Canada,

Casgrain, Thérèse F. — “The Canadian Constitutional Challenge: A Search for Direction and Accommodation.” — Canadian Confederation Forum (1977-1978, Hamilton). — Proceedings of the fifth session of the Canadian Confederation Forum, McMaster University, November 1977 — April 1978. — Hamilton : McMaster University, 1978. — P. 77-84.

Thérèse F Casgrain A Woman in a Man’s World. — Translated by Joyce Marshall. — (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1972); published in French under the title Une Femme chez les hommes.

Thérèse Casgrain : Une femme tenace et engagée. Texts collected by Anita Caron and Lorraine Archambault. (Sainte-Foy: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 1993)

Susan Mann Trofimenkoff, “Thérèse Casgrain and the CCF in Quebec,” Canadian Historical Review v. 66, no. 2 (June 1985): 125-153.

Rosemary Wedderburn Brown

Born June 17, 1930, Jamaica; died Vancouver, Canada, April 26, 2003; NDP Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia 1972-1986; first black woman elected to a Canadian provincial legislation and first black woman to run for the leadership of a Canadian federal political party (1975)

Further Reading:

Rosemary Brown, Being Brown: A Very Public Life. Toronto: Random House, 1989.

Rosemary Brown, “The Possibilities for Social Change in Canada: A Feminist Perspective.” Queen’s Quarterly. Vol. 84, No. 2 (Summer 1977), p. 178-185.

Lynette Roy, Rosemary Brown, Brown Girl in the Ring: A Biography for Young People. Toronto: Sister Vision, 1992.

Rosemary Sadlier, “Rosemary Brown: Social Worker, Politician, Writer, Social Activist.” Leading the Way: Black Women in Canada. Toronto: Umbrella Press, 1994, p. 33-38.

Dawn Williams, “Rosemary Brown.” Who’s Who in Black Canada: Black Success and Black Excellence in Canada: A Contemporary Directory. Toronto: D.P. Williams, 2002, p. 87.

“Rosemary Brown” in Celebrating Women’s Achievements, Library and Archives Canada,