1972 - Rosemary Brown

Rosemary BrownRosemary Brown was born in Jamaica and immigrated to Canada in 1951, where she would make a huge impact. On August 30, 1972, as a member of the New Democratic Party, Brown won her seat in the riding of Vancouver-Burrard, becoming the first Black woman elected to Canadian Provincial legislature. She spent 14 years in the legislature, where she created a committee to remove sexism from British Columbia’s educational material. In 1975, she became the first Black woman to run for leadership of a Canadian federal political party (NDP). With the slogan “Brown is Beautiful”, she broke colour barriers in the federal landscape. Brown would finish second in the leadership race, ahead of three other candidates.

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