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Memorable Manitobans: Florence Bayard Rhein Bird (1908-1998)

Author, feminist.

Born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1908, she came to Canada with her journalist husband in 1930, first living in Montreal. In 1937 the couple moved to Winnipeg, where Bird began broadcasting under the name Anne Francis. She later moved to Ottawa and became a noted feminist. In 1967 she became Chair of the Commission of the Status of Women, and in 1974 she was named a senator. She wrote a number of novels as Anne Francis. There are papers at Library and Archives Canada.

See also:

Anne Francis: An Autobiography by Florence B. R. Bird (1974).


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 July 2017

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