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Canadian Women’s History

Canadian women have achieved a great deal, not only in the century since the vote was granted in several provinces but also in the centuries before that milestone. Women played key roles in the settlements of New France, among First Peoples, and in business, politics, sports, literature, education and beyond.

Our listings of recent books on Canadian women’s history include biographies of famous women such as Nellie McClung, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Emily Carr as well as of lesser-known figures like Marie-Anne Lagimodière, Charlotte Whitton and Elsie MacGill.

We also present a selection of the many recent books about Canadian women and society, including books about teachers, journalists, athletes, painters and workers as well as more comprehensive histories of women in New France and in Canada.

Biographies

Journey with No Maps: A Life of P.K. Page
by Sandra Djwa







Extraordinary Canadians: Nellie McClung
by Charlotte Gray







Queen of the Hurricanes: The Fearless Elsie MacGill
by Crystal Sissons







Marie-Anne: The Extraordinary Story of Louis Riel’s Grandmother
by Maggie Siggins







Charlotte: The Last Suffragette
by Dave Mullington







Lucy Maud Montgomery: The Gift of Wings
by Mary Henley Rubio







Seeking Our Eden: The Dreams and Migrations of Sarah Jameson Craig
by Joanne Findon







Grace Sparkes: Blazing a Trail to Independence
by Marie-Beth Wright







The Pursuit of Perfection: A Life of Celia Franca
by Carol Bishop-Gwyn







Passing Through Missing Pages: The Intriguing Story of Annie Garland Foster
by Frances Welwood







Esther: The Remarkable True Story of Esther Wheelwright
by Julie Wheelwright








Rose Henderson: A Woman for the People
by Peter Campbell








Extraordinary Canadians: Emily Carr
by Lewis DeSoto







Frances Anne Hopkins: Images from Canada
by Thomas Schultze







Sisters in Two Worlds: A Visual Biography of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill
by Michael Peterman







Women and Society

100 Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces and 100 More Canadian Heroines
by Merna Forster







Working Memory: Women and Work in World War II
edited by Marlene Kadar and Jeanne Perreault







About Canada: Women’s Rights
by Penni Mitchell







The Artist Herself / L’artiste elle-même
edited by Alicia Boutilier and Tobi Bruce







Along a River: The First French-Canadian Women
by Jan Noel







The Persons Case: The Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood
by Robert J. Sharpe and Patricia I. McMahon







Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo
by Barbara Dickson







A Brief History of Women in Quebec
by Denyse Baillargeon







Beyond Brutal Passions: Prostitution in Early Nineteenth-Century Montreal
by Mary Anne Poutanen







Women’s Work Women’s Art: Nineteenth-Century Northern Athapaskan Clothing
by Judy Thompson







Sex, Lies, and Cigarettes: Canadian Women, Smoking, and Visual Culture, 1880–2000
by Sharon Anne Cook







The Sweet Sixteen: The Journey That Inspired the Canadian Women’s Press Club
by Linda Kay







Polar Wives: The Remarkable Women behind the World’s Most Daring Explorers
by Kari Herbert







Canadian Women and the Struggle for Equality
by Lorna R. Marsden







Democracy’s Angels: The Work of Women Teachers
by Kristina R. Llewellyn







The Grads are Playing Tonight!: The Story of the Edmonton Commercial Graduates Basketball Club
by M. Ann Hall







Transforming Labour: Women and Work in Postwar Canada
by Joan Sangster







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