Rosemary Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1930. She emigrated to Canada in 1950, studied at McGill University and the University of British Columbia, then became a social worker. Rosemary was a peace activist and determined feminist, promoting equality and human rights. Her campaigns includes efforts to eliminate sexism in textbooks, increase female representation on boards and prohibit discrimination based on sex or marital status.

      Rosemary was elected to the provincial legislature of British Columbia in 1972, becoming the first black woman in Canadian history to be a member of a Canadian parliamentary body. in 1975 she ran for leadership of the federal NDP and barely lost on a fourth ballot to Ed Broadbent. Rosemary served in the B.C. legislature until 1986 and then she went on to become a professor in women’s studies at Simon Fraser University. Rosemary Brown died in 2003, she was 72 years old.


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