Saturday's Child : Memoirs of Canada's First Female Cabinet Minister

Saturday's Child : Memoirs of Canada's First Female Cabinet Minister

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Ellen Fairclough (born 1905), the first woman in Canada to become a federal cabinet minister, recounts her early life, her efforts to become a business woman, and her experiences as a Progressive Conservative member for the constituency of Hamilton West from 1950-63. B&w photos. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
Ellen Fairclough is perhaps best known as the first woman in Canada to become a federal cabinet minister.
Writing with the style and wit for which she was famous as a politician, Ellen Fairclough, now ninety, tells her story. Her reminiscences describe her early life, her efforts to become a business woman, and her experiences as a Progressive Conservative member for the constituency of Hamilton West (1950-63). Fairclough discusses the political factors that led to her appointment to the Diefenbaker cabinet, as well as other factors, including family values and the opportunities available in the bustling industrial city of Hamilton, that served as the context for her successes. While her story focuses on the politics involved, Fairclough also writes extensively about family life, friendships, and domestic detail. She attributes her success to the fact that she was a 'Saturday's child' who worked hard for what she achieved.

University of Toronto Press

Ellen Fairclough is perhaps best known as the first woman in Canada to become a federal cabinet minister. John Diefenbaker appointed her Secretary of State in 1957. In the course of her career she also served as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and Minister responsible for Indian Affairs, and was in charge of the National Gallery, the National Film Board, the Dominion Archives, and the National Library. She was also a chartered accountant, a business woman, a local politician in Hamilton, and a wife and mother. At a time when many people believed that a woman's place was in the home, she successfully balanced family obligations with a career in the largely male world of federal politics.

Writing with the style and wit for which she was famous as a politician, Ellen Fairclough, now ninety, tells her story. Her reminiscences describe her early life, her efforts to become a business woman, and her experiences as a Progressive Conservative member for the constituency of Hamilton West (1950-63). Fairclough discusses the political factors that led to her appointment to the Diefenbaker cabinet as well as other factors, including family values and the opportunities available in the bustling industrial city of Hamilton, that served as the context for her successes. While her story focuses on the politics involved, Fairclough also writes extensively about family life, friendships, and domestic detail. She attributes her success to the fact that she was a `Saturday's child' who worked hard for what she achieved.

The source of much media attention during her political career, Ellen Fairclough was often the only woman in a room full of men and, on one occasion, was asked to leave a cabinet meeting because the topic of discussion - sexual assault - might be too rough for her sensitive ears. Having no female role models to follow, Fairclough made her own rules and charted her own course. These memoirs make a fascinating contribution to the history of women and politics in this country.

Publisher: Univ. of Toronto Pr., c1995
ISBN: 9780802007360
0802007368
Branch Call Number: 971.0642 Fai

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Oct 03, 2017

An engaging glimpse into Canadian life and politics following the Second World War told well and often with self-deprecating humour.

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Oct 03, 2017

Ellen Fairclough (1905-2004) was the Progressive Conservative member of Parliament for Hamilton West (1950-1963) and the first woman appointed a federal cabinet minister in 1957. She held three cabinet positions over the six years of Conservative government. During her brief tenure as Secretary of State, she initiated Dominion [now Canada] Day celebrations on Parliament Hill. At Citizenship and Immigration, she championed legislation to give status Indians the vote. She gained nation-wide attention with her successive private member’s bills to ban discrimination in hiring on the basis of gender, colour, and religion. She was also a chartered accountant, a business association representative, a leading local politician in Hamilton, a wife and mother. Writing with the style and wit for which she was famous as a politician, Ellen Fairclough tells her story in this engaging memoir. Fairclough discusses the political factors that led to her appointment to the Diefenbaker cabinet as well as the family life, friendships, and business network that together contributed to her successes. Fairclough was often the only woman in a room full of male politicians so having no female role models to follow she made her own rules and charted her own course. These memoirs make a fascinating contribution to the history of women and politics in Canada. The editor has divided Fairclough’s manuscript into four sections and provided a brief introduction to each section to set the context for the stages in Fairclough’s life; and added background on characters and circumstances of 70 years ago to aid the reader. Over sixty black and white photographs compliment the text; and an index is provided.

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