Woman of the Month is a feature on my blog where each month I highlight a woman in the world who I think garners recognition. I started this mainly to increase Girl Power and empowerment, and because there’s a lot of women I feel are overlooked and I wanted to bring attention to them.
This month I’m highlighting Rosemary Brown.
In August 1972, Rosemary Brown was the first Black Canadian woman to a Canadian provincial legislature. In 1975, she was the first black woman (and only the second woman ever) to run for federal leadership in Canada and she finished second with 40.1% of the votes!
After leaving politics, she was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and served from 1993 to 1996. In 1995, she was awarded the Order of British Columbia and in 1996 was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. She also oversaw CSIS (the Canadian intelligence agency) from 1993 to 1998.
I think everything she accomplished as a black woman in the 1970s makes her an incredible person and a very good role model for what I want to do in life. She wasn’t someone I had heard of until very recently, and I knew I had to feature her.
Thanks for reading! xx