Lady Action:
Toronto's Trailblazing Women

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Throughout Toronto's history, women pushed boundaries and broke the glass ceiling. Explore the stories of the suffragists, doctors, artists, and others who faced adversity and challenged the status quo.

Walk in the footsteps of Toronto’s trailblazing women!

Explore the map below from the comfort of your home or take it with you on a walk through downtown Toronto. 

The shift of our 2020 tour season to a digital platform was made possible by the generous support of our Tours Program Presenting Sponsor, TD Bank and The Ready Commitment.

This online tour was developed by Emerging Historian, Emily Gwiazda, with the support of a generous donation by Alex Pike.

Logo of TD Bank and their program The Ready Commitment

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We are facing a real challenge as the pandemic threatens corporate and government funding and we are unable to host walking tours, the largest source of our in-person donations.

Your support is essential to make it through the pandemic, and also to ensure heritage has a strong voice when Toronto begins to rebuild.  If you enjoyed this tour and would like to see more digital programming like it, please make a donation today.

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General sources

John Lorinc et al., The Ward: The Life and Loss of Toronto’s First Immigrant Neighbourhood. Toronto: Coach House Books, 2015.

Pat Staton, Toronto Women: A Walk Through History. Toronto: Green Dragon Press, 2012.

The Canadian Encyclopedia.

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