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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.


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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