Thursday, October 16, 2008

Shirley Greenberg

Lawyer, women's advocate, philanthropist

Alumna of the University of Ottawa’s law school.

Helped found the Ottawa Women's Centre, from which subsequently developed the Rape Crisis Centre, the Women's Career Counselling Centre and Interval House, a refuge for battered women.

In the 1970's, created the first all-female law practice in Ottawa with Catherine Aitken, Superior Court Justice of Ontario since 1997.

Fought systemic discrimination against women in laws and legal documents throughout her career.

The Shirley E. Greenberg Centre for Women's Health was established at the Riverside campus of the Ottawa Hospital, with the help of her generous donation. This centre, specializing in gynecology and cancer detection, puts particular emphasis on the well-being of older women.

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