Women of Interest – Mary Louise Bollert

Mary Louise Bollert was born in Guelph Ontario in 1984 and passed away August 1, 1945, in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was appointed the First Dean of Women at the University of British Columbia in 1922, where she remained until her retirement in 1941. Bollert was the founder of the British Columbia Teacher’s Federation and worked extensively for female students, including establishing proper accommodations and setting up a women’s student loan fund to assist female students. She was one of two women selected to represent Canada at the Institute of Pacific Relations in Honolulu. In 1937 Bollert was elected as International President of the Pan-Pacific Women’s Association, a position she held until her death in 1945. Mary Louise Bollert believed that educated women working together could change society for the better. Further information about this transforming woman can be found at the following websites:

https://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/u_arch/bollert.pdf
http://www.fcfdu.org/whoweare/cfuw100thanniversary/pastpresidentsbiographies/marylouisebollert1926-1928.aspx
http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/whoswho_B.htm

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