Grace MacInnis was born July 25, 1905, and passed away July 10, 1991. She was a Canadian politician and feminist, and the first women elected to the British Columbia House of Commons. MacInnis was the daughter of J.S. Woodsworth, who was the leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, and she was the wife of MP Angus MacInnis. Grace and Angus MacInnis took an interest in many issues including abortion rights, women’s equality, family planning and affordable housing. She was a founding member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation and eventually the New Democratic Party. She served as Canada’s representative at many international conferences. Grace MacInnis was honored for her lifetime contributions and, in 1974, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1990 she was presented with the Order of British Columbia.
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