Canada has an exciting legacy of courageous women who pushed through gender barriers and often exercised great daring, forging new paths and opportunities for other women. This collection of stories tells of strong, determined women whose dreams and experiences changed the shape of Canadian history and culture:
• Roberta Bondar, the first Canadian woman astronaut to go into space. There she studied the effects of weightlessness on humans
• Jeanne Mance, co-founder of the city of Montréal and a revolutionary in health care
• Catherine Schubert, mother of three children and about to give birth to a fourth, scaled the Rockies on her journey to the gold fields of BC
• Thanadelthur, a Chipewyan woman who negotiated peace between her people and the Cree, ending a long and bloody feud
• Marie-Anne Lagimodière was the first white woman to raise her family on the wild prairie of the Canadian West, and she became the grandmother of Louis Riel
• Faith Fenton, teacher by day and journalist by night, is best known for her journey over one of the toughest trails to the Klondike
• Emily Carr, a true visionary and one of Canada’s most famous artists, was happiest when she found a remote Native village to capture on canvas in her unique style
• E. Pauline Johnson-Tekahionwake, daughter of a Mohawk chief and an English woman, spent endless hours in her canoe writing haunting poems about a vanishing way of life
• Sharon Wood, the first North American woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest taking the more difficult West Shoulder route.