Canadian women in STEM - International Women’s Day

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Hi all,

Happy International Women’s Day! The leadership team over at the Canada Project would love to have a discussion today hilighting Canadian women in Science Technology Engineering and Math to celebrate this important day.

Who do you know of that could use some recognition? Who do we need to show a little TLC? Are they missing from WikiTree? We want to chat about all aspects of these incredible ladies and give them all the spotlight they deserve!

And GO...

Robin
in The Tree House by Robin Helstrom G2G6 (8.2k points)

I found a great list by the Canadian government of some women of impact in STEM https://cfc-swc.gc.ca/commemoration/woi-fic/stem-stim-en.html

If I’m feeling less ill I hope to go through the list and see if all the deceased ladies are on WikiTree yet. :) 

Hope you feel better soon Robin!

From this list, Helen (Sawyer) Hogg, Gisele Lamoureux, Esther Hill, Carrie Derick don't seem to have profiles yet.

A few are in Wikitree with no or few genealogical sources, some are also unconnected:

And you have Elizabeth Bagshaw

I created a profile for Carrie Derick and she will show as connected tomorrow.

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Derick-30

4 Answers

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Great idea! I'm going to suggest Alice Evelyn Wilson, Canada's first woman geologist and first woman admitted to the Royal Society of Canada. I'll set up a profile, although I dread linking her to the tree given the number of Wilsons in Ontario! Feel better soon, R.
by Laurie Cruthers G2G6 Pilot (120k points)
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Some Canadian women who have WikiTree profiles, but aren't connected:

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (287k points)
Thanks, Greg. The Canada Project is highlighting Harriet Brooks today. All help appreciated, particularly on the connection front.
Agathe de Saint-Père already has parents and husband etc, what do you mean she isn't connected?
Great, we can take her off the list!
Sylvia Olga Fedoruk is connected.
Well done!
Harriet (Brooks) Pitcher is connected through her sister Elizabeth Agnes
Yay! That was our goal for the day. Thanks.
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I have stumbled across this profile

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Farrell-514
by S Stevenson G2G6 Mach 6 (64k points)
Wow, thanks! She definitely should be better known. Think of the lives she saved.
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Thanks to you and Laurie Cruthers for organizing us today!  I have to sign off soon, but I contributed to the profile of a West Coaster, Elsie MacGill.  I added some genealogical sources, removed verbatim quotes from the bio and made it more factual.  Its not perfect, but its a start.  

Elsie was Canada's first woman electrical engineer, she was called the “Queen of the Hurricanes" for her work on the aircraft in WWII, and was awarded the Order of Canada for her work on women's rights. 

Onward and upward!

by Laurie Giffin G2G6 Mach 6 (61.5k points)
And thanks for coming up with the idea in the first place, Laurie, as well as the work on Elsie MacGill's profile.
Thanks for adding her, Laurie. Canada has quite a few women who should be better known.
You guys are all super!!! Amazing job team! I am so proud! I’ve really enjoyed the bit I’ve done today learning about these amazing ladies. They should certainly be more well known. I’m glad we could do our bit today to tell their stories. :) Thanks so much all for taking part!

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