FAMOUS CANADIAN WOMEN UNKNOWN TO MOST CANADIANS: POLL

Mar 07, 2018

By Jane Brown

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It seems most Canadians have a lot to learn about the accomplishments of some of the nation’s most famous women.

A survey conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada finds the majority of Canadians could not name the achievements of such famous women as Emily Carr and Lucy Maud Montgomery.

(Emily Carr, self-portrait, 1938)

In fact, only 37 per cent of respondents could identify Carr’s accomplishments as a painter while just 27 per cent know of Montgomery as the author of such Canadian literary classics as Anne of Green Gables. And when it comes to notable Indigenous women, recognition levels are close to 0 percent.

But the survey suggests Canadians are at least aware of the knowledge gap, with 70 per cent of respondents saying the country is not doing well in teaching the accomplishments of famous Canadian women.

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