Rosemary Brown (1930 - 2003) was the first black woman to be a member of a provincial legislature and the first woman to run for leadership of a federal political party. Born in Jamaica, Brown immigrated to Canada in 1951 to study social work at McGill University, moving on to receive her masters from the University of British Columbia
Following graduation, Brown helped in the British Columbia Association for the Advancement of Colored People (BCAAP) in 1956. Additionally, in 1973 she was also a founding member of the Vancouver Status of Women Council .
Throughout her life, Brown used her numerous platforms to bring attention to issues of human rights, poverty, racism and sexism receiving the Order of Canada in 1996.
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