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Elsie MacGill on the status of women in 1970

The Story

The report from the Commission on the Status of Women in Canada was tabled on Dec. 7, 1970, and Cross Country Checkup listeners have been invited to call and speak to commission member Elsie MacGill. In this excerpt from the radio program, MacGill responds to callers regarding various aspects of the report, including women as dependents, daycare, men and stereotypes, and the terms of reference of the commission. 

Medium: Radio
Program: Cross Country Checkup
Broadcast Date: Dec. 13, 1970
Host: John Dafoe
Guest: Elsie MacGill
Duration: 18:05
Photo Credit: Elsie Gregory MacGill/Library and Archives Canada/ PA-134732

Did You know?

• Elizabeth (Elsie) Gregory MacGill was born at Vancouver Mar. 27, 1905, and died at Cambridge Mass. Nov. 4, 1980. She was the first woman to graduate with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, in 1927, and the first woman in North America to earn a masters in aeronautical engineering (University of Michigan, 1929).

• The Royal Commission on the Status of Women was formed in February of 1967. The other members were Florence Bird (chair), Lola Lange, Jeanne Lapointe, Doris Ogilvie, Jacques Henripin, and John Humphrey. Monique Bégin was the secretary general.


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