Florence Bird was born January 15, 1908, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and died July 18, 1998, in Ottawa Canada. Bird was a Canadian broadcaster, journalist and senator. In 1967, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson appointed her as chair of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada. She is best remembered for her work on women’s rights, pay inequalities and trying to improve the circumstances in women’s prisons. In 1971, Bird was made a Companion of the Order of Canada, which is the highest award given by the Canadian government. Under the pseudonym of Anne Francis, Bird appeared on CBS Radio and television as a political analyst. In 1974 Florence Bird published “Anne Francis: An Autobiography.” In 1983, she was a recipient of the Governor General award. Bird was appointed to the Senate by Pierre Trudeau and remained in the Senate until her 75th birthday in 1983.
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