30 different Calgary WomEn ARE featured In the Wheel of Women installation at crossroads. These women were chosen for their contributions to Calgary in various fields, making Calgary the city it is today.
Dr. Leona Flegal Paterson
Music and Speech Teacher
Revered music and speech teacher Dr Leona Flegal Paterson was the head of the Speech Arts Department at the Mount Royal Conservatory for 33 years and the Director of the Conservatory from 1974 to 1977.
Mary Dover (Nee Cross)
One of the first Female military officers in Canada
Mary, one of the first female officers in Canada, led many programs during her service to inspire and support woman in the military. After the war, she served two terms as an Alderwoman and volunteered for the Canadian Legion, Red Cross, and Women's Canadian Club.
Nurse, Writer and Artist
Marion was the first woman to graduate as a trained nurse from an Alberta hospital, earning a silver medal for her academic success.
Louise Munroe King
Married to George C King - the second Mayor of Calgary
In 1879 Louise and George King became the first couple to marry in Calgary in spite of their religious differences (Louise was Catholic, George was Anglican). George, with Louise' support, became the 2nd Mayor of Calgary.
Vera Russell, Olive Stanton and Margaret Sadler Gilkes
First full time police officers hired by Calgary police services
As full-time police officers hired by Calgary police services, these three women opened doors and inspired generations of female officers across Calgary, Alberta and beyond.
Established art centre, Gallery and Museum
Through her love of and dedication to the arts, Barbara established the Leighton Art Centre in Alberta and inspired many to pursue their artistic dreams she received the Alberta Achievement Award for her contribution to Alberta's arts the Leighton art centre continues to be a valuable learning resource for children and adults alike.
Calgary's first European Settlers (Adeleide was Metis)
Adelaide and her husband were Calgary's first European settlers. In between raising six children, tending livestock and offering room and board for travelers, she also provided vital, emotional support to the women who arrived at the settlement. Her services as a midwife earned her the nickname "Grandmother of Midnapore".
Emily Spencer Kerby
Roles in the founding of the Calgary YWCA and Mount Royal College
Emily Kerby was a social activist, writer, educator, and co-founder of the Calgary YWCA. Despite not being paid for her work, she taught at Mount Royal, initiated cultural and social events, and organized a club to educate women about current events.
Native Education Activist
To ensure that First Nations Children had equal opportunities for education, Daisy Crowchild tirelessly lobbied Government officials to affect change in our education system.
Winnifred Eaton Reeve
Novelist and Hollywood Screenwriter
Eaton was a pioneer writer of the Canadian west who focused on the culture, climate and character of Alberta and Albertans in the interwar era.
Calgary City Councillor
Virnetta was the first black Albertan to be elected to a public post and was a community-builder, serving many organizations like Meals on Wheels, Calgary Family Services, United Way and more. She was a Calgary City Councillor from 1974-1977.
Annie Glen Broder
Music critic, Composer, Instructor
A music teacher and critic for the Calgary Herald for over 20 years, Annie convinced the associated board of the Royal College and the Royal academy of music to send examiners to Calgary. Thus raising the overall standards of music in the city.
Margaret Louise Riley
Children's Librarian, Author
A librarian and author, Margeret Louise Riley inspired many Calgarians with her vivid stories of life in the Canadian west.
Women's Jail Matron for NWMP in Fort Calgary
Sarah Stuttafor won the respect of Senior officers of the NWMP as the women's jail matron at Fort Calgary. She dedicated many years to dealing kindly and wisely with the women in her care.
Hannah (Annie) Gale
First female Alderman in the British Empire - Calgary City Council 1917
Elected to Calgary City Council in 1917. Hannah (Annie) Gale was the first female Alderman in the British Empire.
Painter, Teacher, Groundbreaker in Abstraction
Marion Nicoll forged a creative path as an abstract painter, teacher and mentor for generations of artists. Nicoll was the first female instructor at the provincial institute of art and technology (now Alberta College of Art and Design).
Mary Isabella Macleod (nee Drever)
Wife of Colonel James Macleod
Mary Isabella (Drever) McLeod became famous in Western Canada for her steady nerve in the surrounds of Metis guards. She married Colonel McLeod and was one of only several women to sign treaty 7 Blackfoot crossing in 1877.
Human rights, women's and children's rights advocate and activist
Maude helped found the Calgary child welfare society which later became the Alberta Council on child and family welfare.
Educator and Pioneer of Canadian Drama
An educator and pioneer of Canadian drama, Betty was an advocate for the theatre. "If the theater is to endure, to endear itself to all people, it must reach their hearts".
Wife of John Ware, Early Calgarian of African Decent
African American by decent, Mildred (Lewis) Ware and her husband John were pioneer ranchers in Southern Alberta Mildred did the bookkeeping for the family's ranch and taught her five children to read and write.
Funding member of Calgary YWCA, Judge Magistrate
Alice was active in several women's organizations including the Suffrage Movement the Calgary Council of Women and the YWCA she became the first woman in Canada and the British Empire to be appointed to a court.
Mary Belle Barclay
Co-founder of Hostelling in Canada
A former teacher and an ardent conservationist, Mary co-founded the Canadian youth hostel association in 1933 the association has grown to become a network of shelters serving Canadians and visitors from around the world.
Georgina Helen Thomson
Librarian and Writer
Georgina worked for the Calgary Public Library for 34 years and was a member of the university women's club, Calgary Women's literary club, historical society of Alberta, and Mount Royal College Educational Club.
Norma Piper Pocaterra
Opera Singer, Music Teacher at Mount Royal
An Opera singer and music teacher at Mount Royal College, Norma started her own music studio in 1955 and over the next 25 years, became one of Calgary's most beloved music teachers.
Esther Honens, was a music lover, amateur pianist, and proud Calgarian. In 1991, her endowment of $5 Million established the Esther Honen's International Piano Competition foundation. The inaugural Honens competition took place in 1992.
Journalist and Editor, Eva Reid helped revive the local Calgary branch of the Canadian Women's Press club. She was named Dean of Newspaper Women in Alberta in 1970 and woman of the year by the YWCA in 1981.
Author, Journalist, Women's Activist
Doris was a Canadian author, journalist and women's rights activist. She was made an officer of the Order of Canada and worked tirelessly for the inclusion of women's rights in the Canadian Constitution and Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Founder, Calgary Public Library
At 70 years old, Annie Davidson. Widow and mother, helped build Calgary's first public library. Mrs Davidson and the Calgary Women's Literary Club were the first champions of the public library cause in Calgary. She gathered support for Alberta's first public library and obtained the financial donation from the Carnegie Foundation.
Politician, Community Leader
A celebrated politician and community leader, Sue Higgins devoted her life to public service and "countin every Penny on behalf of Calgarians".
Co-founded Calgary Family Services. OBE in 1935
Ethil Mckillop, along with her Husband, founded the Calgary Gospel Mission and Calgary Old Folks Home. She organized associated charities, which centralized distribution for Calgary relief organizations. These groups would later become Calgary Family Services.