The Power of Feminism: Lady Aberdeen

Lady Aberdeen (born Ishbel Marie Marjoribanks) was the wife of Lord Aberdeen, Canada’s Governor General from 1893 to 1898. Born at a time when women, especially upper-class women, were supposed to be devote themselves to their husband and act as hostess for society parties, Lady Aberdeen was a social activist and early feminist. She established the National Council of Women of Canada, the Victorian Order of Nurses, and the May Court Club, leaving a lasting mark on Ottawa and Canada more generally.


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  • James Powell
    James Powell
    Historian, Writer, Author

    Born in Bermuda, James is a retired senior officer of the Bank of Canada. He is the author or co-author of three books dealing with some aspect of Canadian economic history: A History of the Canadian Dollar; The Bank of Canada of James Elliott Coyne: Challenges, Confrontation and Change; and (with Jill Moxley), Faking It! A History of Counterfeiting in Canada. He also wrote a History of the G-20 Countries for the Group of Twenty, as well as two corporate books for the Bank of Canada, one focusing on the architecture and art of the Bank of Canada and another on Canada’s currency collection. James is a Director of the Historical Society of Ottawa, and is the author of an Ottawa history blog called Today in Ottawa’s History.

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