Charlotte Elizabeth Whitton, 1896 - 1975

portrait of Charlotte Whitton
As mayor of Ottawa, photo by Doug Bartlett (9 June 1954)

Born: 8 March 1896, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
Died: 25 January 1975, Ottowa, Ontario, Canada

Whitton attended Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario where she was the star of the women's hockey team, reportedly the fastest skater in the league. She worked on the school paper, the Queen's Journal, and was the first female editor. She was the founding director of the Canadian Council on Child Welfare (now the Canadian Council on Social Development) from 1920 to 1941. She was elected to the Ottawa Board of Control in 1951 but the mayor died in August and she was appointed acting mayor. She served out that term, was elected to another three-year term in 1952 and was again elected in 1961. She was a strong advocate for children and a witty feminist but opposed easing divorce laws, hated the new Maple Leaf flag, and was accused of racism and anti-semitism in some areas. Whitton lived with a female partner for many years but the intensity of that relationship was not known until years after her death.

Biography from Wikipedia and The Canadian Encyclopedia

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