Women You Should Know – In November…

Beginning this month, Women You Should Know will be running as a monthly full length column. Look for it the last issue of each month.

November 1872 – Susan Brownell Anthony arrested for attempting to vote. Susan was one of the first women to become involved in the feminist movement. In 1849, she gave her first public speech for the Daughters of Temperance and then helped found the Woman’s State Temperance Society of New York, one of the first organizations of its time. Anthony, along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Matilda Joslyn Gage published the four volume History of Woman’s Suffrage (1881-1902). Unfortunately, Susan did not live to see the results of her efforts when women won the right to vote. She was born on February 15,1820 in Adams, Massachusetts, and died on March 13, 1906.

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union. — Susan B. Anthony

To learn more: http://www.winningthevote.org/SBAnthony.html

November 9, 1918 – swimmer Florence Chadwick born in San Diego. Florence swam first competition at the age of 10, finishing fourth. She began her professional career in 1945, joining former teammate, Esther Williams and appearing in the movie, Bathing Beauty. In 1948, she began training for her lifetime ambition to swim the English Channel. Two years later, she was the first woman to swim that body of water both ways. She successfully set English Channel records swimming from France to England (1950) and England to France (1951 and 1955). At age 51, Florence began a successful new career as a stockbroker. She died on March 5, 1995

To learn more: http://www.ishof.org/70fchadwick.html

November 1930 – Monique Mercure was born on November 14, 1930 and grew up in Montreal. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music before becoming a stage and screen actress. Her starring role in the 1977 film J.A. Martin photographe was recognized with a Golden Palm award from the Cannes Film Festival. Mercure starred in many feature films and TV movies, the latest being Saints-Martyrs-des-Dames (2005). One of Canada’s most distinguished actresses, Monique Mercure was the recipient of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the arts.

To learn more: http://www.northernstars.ca/actorsmno/mercure.html

November 1936 – Lydia Gruchy became the first female Minister of the United Church of Canada. She grew up in Saskatchewan and was ordained in Moose Jaw. Lydia began as a lay Minister at a time when women were not allowed to become Ministers.

To learn more: http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=J1ARTJ0020150

November 1942 – Molly Lamb Bobak, who was born in 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, enlisted in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. Soon after, she was appointed the official Canadian War Artist and received the designation of Lieutenant. Bobak was the only official Canadian War Artist of WW II. She was awarded honorary degrees from the University of New Brunswick (1983) and Mount Allison University (1984).

To learn more: http://www.gallery78.com/mlbobak.htm

November 25 1963 – Holly Cole was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She grew up in a musical family. Intending to pursue a musical career, Holly moved to Toronto and formed the Holly Cole Trio. This successful trio signed a recording contract in 1989. By 1997, Cole established a successful solo career and became particularly popular in Japan. Holly Cole’s award winning career boasts seven gold and platinum albums.

To learn more: http://www.hollycole.com/

November 26, 1997 – Thelma Chalifoux was the first Métis woman in Canadian history to become a Senator. Thelma began her term in November 1997. She remained in the Senate until April 2004, serving until the age of 75. Throughout her life’s vocation, she has been a strong spokes-person for the Métis and First Nations People. Thelma has worked tirelessly to strengthen cross-cultural understanding through her work in community development, wellness, justice, education and economic initiatives. Thelma’s many awards include the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (1995).

To learn more: http://www.abheritage.ca/albertans/profile/thelma_chalifoux.html