These women have never followed the rules. From the earliest days of Canada’s history to the newspaper headlines of today, these women fought for their beliefs and made a difference. Read about:
• Kate Ryan, the original Klondike Kate, frontier nurse and the first female member of the North West Mounted Police
• Naomi Klein, journalist, author of the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, and anti-globalization activist
• Nell Shipman, silent film actress, producer and director who did her own stunts and was the first woman ever to do a nude scene in Back to God’s Country, the most successful Canadian silent film ever made
• Jenny Smillie Robinson, Canada’s first female surgeon who operated in a private residence because no hospital allowed her privileges
• Penny Hoar, Rhinoceros Party candidate, comedienne, and sexual renegade

• Alanis Obomsawin, documentary filmmaker and humanitarian activist
• Cougar Annie, Clayoquot Sound pioneer who survived four husbands, chased off cougars with a shotgun and cleared a still-surviving two-hectare garden out of the wilderness
• Daurene E. Lewis, who was elected as North America’s first black woman mayor in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
• Mina Hubbard, who trekked across Labrador in 1905 to complete the voyage that killed her husband, Leonidas Hubbard, and prove that he had not been responsible for the failure of his expedition.

And many more…