Women’s Firsts – Manitoba
By 1890, most women could run for school board. Many early women political figures were active at municipal or school board.
In 1948, Frances Atwell graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Pharmacy in 1948, thereby becoming possibly the first black pharmacist Winnipeg.
Evelyne Gardener was the first black woman to graduate as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Winnipeg. Later she became an R.N.
Thelma Forbes becomes the first woman Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and the second in the Commonwealth, and held the position of first woman cabinet minister from 1966-1973.
Inez Stevenson, First Black Woman elected to a Manitoba school board (Winnipeg No. 1)
Sharon Carstairs was first woman to lead a political party.
Susan Thompson becomes the first female mayor of Winnipeg.
Jessie Kirk became the first woman on the Winnipeg City Council. Edith Rogers became the first woman MLA from Manitoba.
Joyce Stevenson was mayor of Minnedosa. Flora Cowan served as Alderman in Brandon for 16 years. She was also the first woman deputy mayor of Brandon.
Dr. June Marion James immigrated to Manitoba in 1960 to become the first Black woman admitted to the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Medicine. and the first black woman to receive the Order of Manitoba in 2004.
Violet Einarson was the first woman mayor of Gimli.
Margaret Konantz became the first woman MP for Manitoba.
Jean Folster of Norway House was the first Woman Magistrate and Band chief. Muriel Smith was the first woman to be deputy premier.
Muriel Smith was the first woman to run for leadership of a political party. Pearl McGonigal became the first woman deputy mayor of Winnipeg.
Pearl McGonigal is appointment the 19th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba. She becomes the first woman to serve as Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and only the second woman to serve as a viceroy in Canadian history
Sharon Carstairs was the first woman Leader of the Opposition in 1989.
Tina Keeper is the first Aboriginal woman MP.