Monday, October 27, 2008

Pauline Jewett

Politician, academic

Born in St.Catharines, Ontario in 1922; died in 1992.

First Canadian woman to serve as president of a major university in Canada (Simon Fraser U).

One of the first two women to receive a faculty appointment at Carleton University in Ottawa, progressing to full professor by 1966.

Taught at Carleton University in political science and served as Director of the Institute of Canadian Studies.

First female doctoral student in political science from Harvard University.

Elected as a Member of Parliament in 1963.

Her proposals for peace, equality, and justice were an important influence on the Canadian political scene in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1974, she moved to British Columbia as president of Simon Fraser University. She was the first woman president of a major Canadian co-educational university.

Throughout her life, was committed to many social justice causes and was a strong and vocal advocate of equality for women.

In 1991, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

She was Chancellor of Carleton University from 1990 until her death in 1992. The Women's Studies Institute at Carleton University was renamed in her honour - The Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's and Gender Studies.

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