Thanks John Fioravanti for including Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé in your recent Believe It or Not series. She was the first woman Canadian history to take the position of Governor General, in addition to being the first female Speaker of the House the Commons (1980), and being an advocate for peace. Please follow John’s informative blog while you are over there.
It’s Saturday! Did You Know…
* 1983 – Jeanne Sauvé named as Canada’s first female Governor General.
Jeanne Mathilde Sauvé PC CC CMM CD (née Benoît) (April 26, 1922 – January 26, 1993) was a Canadian journalist, politician, and stateswoman. She was the first woman in Canadian history to become Governor General. She was a notable first female in a variety of additional positions, including Speaker of House the Commons, and was dedicated to the pursuit of peace and the advancement of youth.
Sauvé had been a long-time sufferer from cancer. In the weeks leading to her inauguration she unexpectedly became ill, and nearly died in the hospital. She made a surprising recovery, however, and was ultimately able to be sworn in on May 14, 1984, without delay.
Sauvé was a staunch advocate of issues surrounding youth and world peace, and the dove of peace is one of the elements incorporated…
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