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Table of Early and Exceptional Ontario Women Lawyers of Diverse Communities

In the table below, the names of early and exceptional women lawyers of diverse communities are arranged in order of year called to the bar in Ontario, then alphabetically by last name. The entry for each lawyer includes name; year of birth if known (and in the case of living lawyers, if permitted); and year of death where applicable. If the woman lawyer was or is an early or exceptional member of a diverse community, in addition to being an early or exceptional woman lawyer, the name of that community is also listed.

 
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Name Birth - Death Year Called
to the Bar
Heritage or
Community
Martin, Clara Brett 1874 - 1923 1897 Women
Powley, Eva M. 1875 - ? 1902 Women
Wright, Geraldine B. ? - 1967 1907 Women
Hewson, Grace E. 1885 - 1973 1908 Women
Cairns, Jean 1886 - 1982 1913 Women
Laughton, Mary E. ca. 1890 - ? 1915 Women
Paterson, Edith L. 1891 - 1980 1915 Women
Alford, Gertrude 1891 - 1975 1916 Women
Cherrier, Theresa 1890 - 1961 1918 Women
McNulty, Mary ca. 1895 - 1972 1918 Women;
Roman Catholic
Palen, Helen B. 1885 - 1971 1918 Women
Campeau, Lovedy J. 1894 - 1980 1919 Women
Hodgins, Apha I. 1892 - 1983 1919 Women
Lee, Muriel ca. 1894 - ? 1919 Women
Lown, Norma ca. 1889 - ? 1919 Women
Silk, Aileen I. ca. 1896 - 1943 1919 Women
Denton, Laura 1891 - ? 1920 Women
Kinnear, Helen A. 1894 - 1970 1920 Women
Robinson, Vera A. ca. 1897 - 1979 1920 Women
Taylor, Gladys V. ca. 1897 - ? 1920 Women
Parsons, Vera L. 1889 - 1973 1924 Women; Persons
with Disabilities
Lynch, Emily F. 1900 - 1962 1925 Women; Roman
Catholic
Hyndman, Margaret 1902 - 1991 1926 Women
Wigle, Ruby M. 1893 - ? 1926 Women
Baker, Annie E. 1908 - 2005 1929 Women; Jewish
Grossman, Helen ca. 1905 - 1988 1929 Women; Jewish;
Russian
Ferguson, Edra 1907 - 2011 1930 Women
Sherizen, Lily I. 1906 - 1991 1930 Women; Jewish;
Lithuanian
O’Rourke, Jean E. 1908 - 1974 1931 Women; Roman
Catholic
Cohn, Tmima M. 1907 - 1989 1932 Women; Jewish
Muskat, Clara Halperin 1912 - 2016 1935 Women; Jewish
Okuloski, Helen F. 1912 - 1993 1935 Women; Polish
Goldstick, I. Sarah 1904 - 1986 1943 Women; Jewish;
Russian
Chumak, Olga 1917 - 2003 1944 Women; Ukrainian
Grant, Gretta J. 1921 -  1946 Women; Chinese
Van Camp, Mabel 1920 - 2012 1947 Women
Laird, Marjorie A. 1923 - 1997 1948 Women
Legge, Laura 1923 - 2010 1948 Women
Boland, Janet L. 1923 - 1950 Women
LaMarsh, Judy 1924 - 1980 1950 Women
Dubin, Anne R. 1926 - 2007 1951 Women; Jewish
Panarites, Stella A. 1924 - 1986 1953 Women; Greek
Wilson, Bertha 1923 - 2007 1959 Women
Wychowanec, Stephanie 1933 - 1959 Women; Ukrainian
Abella, Rosalie S. 1946 - 1972 Women; Jewish
Ferns, Barboura Ann 1947 - 1974 Women
Charron, Louise V. 1951 - 1977 Women;
Francophone
Eng, Susan   1977 Women; Chinese
Omatsu, Maryka 1948 - 1977 Women; Japanese
Bonkalo, Annemarie E.   1978 Women; Hungarian
Mohideen, Fatima 1948 - 1978 Women; Chinese
Métivier, Monique 1942 - 1979 Women;
Francophone
Opekokew, Delia   1979 Women; Aboriginal
Sareen, Iva 1950 - 1979 Women;
South Asian
Sugiyama, Constance   1979 Women; Japanese
Low, Wailan 1950 - 1980 Women; Chinese
Ray, Sheila 1956 - 1981 Women;
South Asian
Karakatsanis, Andromache 1955 - 1982 Women; Greek
Pierce, Helen M. 1953 - 1982 Women; Métis
Rawlins, Micheline 1951 - 1982 Women; Black
Van Melle, Francine E. 1955 - 1982 Women; Dutch
Natividad, Alicia 1950 - 1983 Women; Filipino
Carasco, Emily 1948 - 1984 Women; South
Asian
Espinet, Thora 1942 - 1984 Women; Black
Favret, Lucia 1957 - 1986  Women; Italian
Steinberg, Jenny Chu   1986 Women; Korean
Ursel, Susan 1958 - 1986 Women; LGBTQ2+
Wong, Mavin 1960 - 1986 Women; Chinese
Bhabha, Feroza 1958 - 1987 Women; Muslim;
South Asian
Kim, Eunice 1960 - 1987 Women; Korean
Anand, Gita   1988 Women; South
Asian
Janssen, Charlotte 1960 - 1988 Women; Dutch
Gupta, Neena 1963 - 1989 Women; South
Asian
Boutet, Nathalie 1965 - 1991 Women; Francophone
from Quebec
Go, Avvy Y. 1963 - 1991 Women; Chinese
Ray-Ellis, Soma 1964 - 1992 Women; South
Asian
Alexandris, Georgina 1967 - 1993 Women; Greek
Baxter, Evelyn 1967 - 1993 Women; Aboriginal
Mundi, Kamaljit K. 1970 - 1993 Women; South
Asian
Li, Jinyan 1963 - 1994 Women; Chinese
Ma, Lillian 1946 - 1994 Women; Chinese
Shin Doi, Julia S. 1967 - 1994 Women; Korean
Hare, Susan M. 1952 - 1995 Women; Aboriginal
O’Donnell, Tracey 1966 - 1995 Women; Aboriginal;
Anishinabek
Pawagi, Manjusha B. 1967 - 1997 Women; South Asian
Westmoreland- Traoré, Juanita 1942 - 1997 Women; African
Canadian; Quebecer
An, J. Jacqueline 1962 - 1998 Women; Korean
Cho, Meerai 1951 - 2002 Women; Korean
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