10 Firsts for Canadian Women in Government

Historical Firsts for Women in Government in Canada

Kim Campbell, Former Prime Minister of Canada
Kim Campbell, Former Prime Minister of Canada. Radim Beznoska / iifa / Getty Images

It's hard to believe that it wasn't until 1918 that Canadian women first had the same voting rights as men in federal elections. A year later women gained the right to run for election to the House of Commons and the election of 1921 was the first federal election that included female candidates. Here are more historical firsts for Canadian women in government.

First Canadian Woman Member of Parliament - 1921

First Canadian Woman Senator - 1930

First Canadian Woman Federal Cabinet Minister - 1957

First Canadian Woman on the Supreme Court - 1982

First Canadian Woman Governor General - 1984

First Canadian Woman Federal Party Leader - 1989

First Canadian Woman Premier - 1991

First Canadian Woman in Space - 1992

First Canadian Woman Prime Minister - 1993

First Canadian Woman Chief Justice - 2000

, the first woman to head the Supreme Court of Canada, has tried to improve public understanding of the role of the Supreme Court and the judiciary in Canada.

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