Meet Rosemary Brown, a trailblazer who changed the world in her fight against racism and sexism. The story of Rosemary Brown is the latest installment in John Fioravanti’s series on Canadian Black History Month and she is a worthy addition indeed! I was inspired by this noble lady, as I know you will be too. Thank you, John, for telling us of this wonderful woman!
Rosemary Brown – Social Worker and Political Trailblazer
“To be black and female in a society which is both racist and sexist is to be in the unique position of having nowhere to go but up,” said Rosemary Brown.
A staunch feminist and a socialist, and Canada’s first Black female member of a provincial legislature, Rosemary Brown battled for equality and human rights in her lifetime. Black women have endured discrimination in Canada and much worse — over the course of history.
Rosemary Brown has the distinction of being Canada’s first Black female member of a provincial legislature and the first woman to run for leadership of a federal political party. Brown was born in Jamaica to a politically minded family. She immigrated to Canada in 1951 to pursue post-secondary studies in social work at McGill University (BA) and the University of British Columbia (Masters of Social Work). As a…
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