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Memorable Manitobans: Grace Woodsworth MacInnis (1905-1991)


Born in Winnipeg, daughter of J. S. Woodsworth, she was educated at Gibson’s Landing, British Columbia, the University of British Columbia, the University of Manitoba, Ottawa Normal School, and the Sorbonne. She was a charter member of the CCF and NDP. She served as MLA for Vancouver-Burrard from 1941 to 1945, distinguishing herself in her campaign on behalf of Canadians of Japanese origin. She was later MP for Vancouver East (1965-1972). MacInnis received the Order of Canada in 1974, and was granted a Governor General’s Persons Award in 1979 for her work in aiding the status of women. She also won a 1982 Outstanding Service to Humanity Award from the Canadian Labor Congress, and was the only Canadian listed among the 50 most important women in the world by the French magazine Marie Claire. She won the medal for popular biography for her study of her father J. S. Woodsworth -- A Man.

See also:

An Interview with Grace MacInnis by Allen Mills
Manitoba History, Number 7, Spring 1984


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

Page revised: 27 February 2011

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