Stories of Girls Who Have Made a Difference

Check out these strong girls and learn more about how they have made a difference!

Susanna Manziaris

Name: Celine Brideau
Date: Ongoing
Role: Entrepreneur
Girlhood achievement: Fashion designer, creator and owner of CBrido Collection.
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Susanna Manziaris

Name: Susanna Manziaris
Date: Ongoing
Role: Humanitarian
Girlhood achievement: Founded charity dedicated to womens' education
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Linda Manziaris

Name: Linda Manziaris
Date: Ongoing
Role: Social Entrepreneur
Girlhood achievement: Started online jewellery business; donates 50% of profits to women's education charity
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Portrait of Anne Elinor Prevost

Name: Anne Elinor Prevost
Date: 1795 – unknown
Role: Diarist
Girlhood achievement: Kept journals of the War of 1812.
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Photo credit: Website Historical Narratives of Early Canada

Photo credit: Geoff Butler (from Heroes of Isle aux Morts by Alice Walsh)

Name: Ann Harvey
Date: 1811 - 1845
Role: Heroine
Girlhood achievement: Rescuing 168 passengers from a sinking ship.
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Photo credit: Geoff Butler (from Heroes of Isle aux Mortsby Alice Walsh)

Book cover: Eleanora's Diary by Caroline Parry

Name: Eleanora "Nora" Hallen
Date: 1823 - 1846
Role: Pioneer, Journalist
Girlhood achievement: Chronicling the experiences of a girl in Canadian history
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Street sign that indicates De Grassi Street

Name: Charlotte De Grassi and Cornelia De Grassi
Date: 1823 –1872 and 1825 –1885 respectively
Role: Heroines, Spies
Girlhood achievement: Helping the Loyalists stop the 1837 Rebellion
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Photo credit: http://torontofamilyhistory.org

Portia May White

Name: Portia May White
Date: 1911 - 1968
Role: Classical singer, teacher
Girlhood achievement: Paving the way for women in music!
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Photo credit: Library and Archives Canada

Alice Robitaille

Name: Alice Robitaille - stage name Alys Robi
Date: 1923 – 2011
Role: Singer, translator of Latin American songs
Girlhood achievement: Hosted her own radio show, performed on military bases across Canada
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Photo credit: http://www.cbc.ca/lifeandtimes/robi.html

Abigail "Abby" Hoffman

Name: Abigail "Abby" Hoffman
Date: Born 1947
Role: Hockey pioneer, Olympian, activist
Girlhood achievement: Advancing equality for women and girls in sport and beyond
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Photo credit: www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/hockey/kids

Léa Clermont-Dion

Name: Léa Clermont-Dion
Date: Born in 1991
Role: Feminist, advocate, blogger, political science student
Girlhood achievement: Advancement of the equality of women and girls in the media
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Photo credit: http://leaclermontdion.com/biography/

Marie-Philip Poulin

Name: Marie-Philip Poulin
Date: Born 1991
Role: Hockey superstar, mentor, student
Girlhood achievement: High-scoring, medal-winning hockey player!
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Photo credit: Éric Labbé, Le Soleil

Eden Full

Name: Eden Full
Date: Born 1992
Role: Engineer
Girlhood achievement: Invented the SunSaluter to improve energy accessibility
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Photo credit: http://edenfull.ca/about/

Alaina Podmorow

Name: Alaina Podmorow
Date: Born 1997
Role: Human rights activist
Girlhood achievement: Founder of Little Women for Little Women in Afghanistan
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Photo credit: Alaina Podmorow

Ophélie Langevin

Name: Ophélie Langevin
Date: Born 2002
Role: Entrepreneur, activist
Girlhood achievement: President of her own company at age 10!
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Photo credit: Marco Campanozzi, La Presse

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