International Women's Day: Women who helped shape Montreal
Who are your Montreal heroines? CBC Montreal wants to hear from you
Today is International Women's Day.
To mark the occasion, here are four of the many Montreal women who have helped change their city for the better.
Who are your Montreal heroines? We invite you to use the comments section below to tell us more about them.
Daisy Peterson Sweeney
Born Daisy Peterson in 1920, Sweeney is an accomplished musician and teacher, and a pillar of Montreal's black community. Sweeney is best known for setting her famous younger brother Oscar Peterson on his path to jazz greatness and teaching Montreal jazz legend Oliver Jones, among others. In 1974 she and Trevor Payne founded the Montreal Black Community Youth Choir, which became the internationally celebrated Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir.
Henrietta Muir Edwards (1849-1931)
Marie-Marcelle Godbout is an icon of Quebec's movement for transsexual rights and founder of the Association des personnes transsexuelles du Québec in 1980. Godbout became a popular figure in the 1960s for her cabaret magic act Mimi de Paris and used her prominence to promote the rights of the province's transsexuals in the decades to come.