First woman on the Supreme Court of Canada
Born in 1923 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland; moved to Ottawa in 1949; died in Ottawa in 2007.
Was the first woman appointed a partner in a major Canadian law firm in 1959.
Was the first woman appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1975.
Was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1982. Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1982-1991.
Well known as the author of the Supreme Court decision overturning Criminal Code of Canada restrictions on abortion in 1988 and for her acceptance of the battered-wife syndrome as self-defense in R. v Lavallée, 1990.