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Books about Women and Canadian History

Note: This is a selection of fiction and non-fiction books about Canadian women in our history, by past and current Canadian authors. It is not intended to be comprehensive. Comments on the list – and suggestions for additional appropriate titles - would be welcome. :


  • A Canadian Nurse in the Great War: The Dairies of Ruth Loggie - Ross Herb (Nimbus Publishing)

  • Canadian Women: A History Paperback

  • Canadian Women: A History - Gail Cuthbert Brandt, Naomi Black, Paula Bourne (Top Hat Press)

  • The Famous Five: Canada’s Crusaders for Women’s Rights - Barbara Smith (Indigo Books)

  • Feminist Politics on the Farm: Rural Catholic Women in Southern Quebec and Southwestern France - Naomi Black & Gail Cuthbert Brandt (McGill-Queens U. Press)

  • Heroines in History: Representations of Madeleine de Vercheres and Laura Secord - Colin M. Coates; Cecilia Morgan (U. of Toronto Press)

  • Holding Our World Together - Brenda J. Child, Colin Calloway

  • Klondike Women: True Tales of the 1897-1898 Gold Rush -Melanie J. Mayer

  • L. M. Montgomery: A Woman History Can’t Forget - Adriana Pacheco

  • Mother Was Not a Person - Margaret Andersen (Black Rose Books)

  • The Nature of Their Bodies: Women and Their Doctors in Victorian Canada - Wendy Mitchinson (U. of Toronto Press)

  • On Their Own Terms: True Tails of Trailblazing Women of Vancouver Island (Heritage House)

  • Roughing It in the Bush - Susanna Moodie (1852)

  • Shame on Me - Tessa McWatt

  • A Silent Revolution: Gender and Wealth in English Canada, 1860-1930 – Peter Baskerville (McGill-Queens U. Press)

  • Telling Tales: Essays in Western Women’s History - Catherine A. Cavanaugh & Randi R. Wayne (UBC Press)

  • Truth Be Told - Beverley McLachlin (Simon & Schuster)

  • Unyielding Spirits: Black Women and Slavery in Early Canada and Jamaica - Taylor & Francis

  • Women’s Work, Markets and Economic Development in Nineteenth Century Ontario - Marjorie Griffin Cohen

Indigenous Titles (see also the children’s section)

  • 21 Things You Might Not Know About the Indian Act – Robert P. C. Joseph (Perth Union Library)

  • A Clan Mother’s Call: Reconstructing Haudenosaunee Cultural Memory - Jeanette Rodriguez (Barnes & Noble)

  • Daughters of Aataentsic: Life Stories from Seven Generations – Kathrn Magee Labelle (Perth Union Library)

  • Eatenonha: Native roots of modern democracy – George Sioui (Perth Union Library)

  • Fatty Legs: A true story – Christy Jordan+ (Perth Union Library)

  • Heart Berries: a Memoir - Terese Marie Mailhot (Perth Union Library)

  • In my Own Moccasins - Helen Knott

  • Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada – at Perth Union Library

  • Inuit Women Artists: Voices from cape Dorset – Marion E. Jackson+ (Perth Union Library)

  • Keetsahnak: Our missing and murdered indigenous women – Maria Campbell+ (Perth Union Library)

  • Life Among the Quallunaat – Mini Aodla Freeman (Perth Union Library)

  • Many Tender Ties: Women in the Fur Trade Society 1670-1870 - Sylvia Van Kirk (Ryerson)

  • Memory Serves: Oratories – Lee Maracle (Perth Union Library)

Children's Books

  • Black Women Who Dared - Naomi M. Moyer (Second Story Press)

  • Canadian Women: Now and Then - Elizabeth MacLeod and Maia Faddoul Kids Can Press

  • The Kids Book of Great Canadian Women – Elizabeth MacLeod

  • L.M. Montgomery Isabel Sanchez Vegara (London) Frances Lincoln Ltd.

  • When Emily Was Small Lauren Soloy (Tundra Books)

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