The struggle of women in the 20's century presents the life of Elizabeth Gregory Macgill

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Where are the women? I always asked my self that question whenever I read history books. I love history but even as a child, I wanted to learn about the lives of women. As an adult I began to do some research on my own and discovered it was difficult to find information about women's lives. However, I asked my self many times " how could I have studied Canadian history for so many years and not have heard these women's stories? " I wondered. Therefore, today I did my research on women's opportunities and I am going to talk about Elizabeth Muriel Gregory MacGill.

" I am not a hero. I was lucky. I got a good education. So my mother was a judge; so what? I did not think it was any more remarkable for a woman being a judge than it was for me to be an engineer.

" Elizabeth Muriel Gregory MacGill, known as " Elsie ", said. In fact, Elizabeth MacGill is a hero; she is a purposeful citizen who had done a lot to help Canadian women and other women in the world. She was the first woman in Canada to earn a degree in electrical engineering, she became the first woman in North America to hold a degree in aeronautical engineering, she was the first woman to design and witness an airplane based on her design, and she was a strong advocate for women's rights.

Elsie was born in Vancouver in 1905. Her mother was Helen Gregory MacGill, a newspaper reporter and the first woman judge in British Columbia. Helen worked to change legislation to improve the lives of women and children in Canada, and she was a strong role model for her daughter. Elsie's father was James Henry MacGill, a well-known...