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October 1, 1951 - Charlotte Whitton became Canada’s first female mayor of a major city. During her time as Ottawa’s mayor, she championed women’s equality in the workplace while paradoxica­lly opposing more liberal divorce laws and criticizin­g married women who worked. She also spent twenty years as founding director of the Canadian Council on Child Welfare (known today as the Canadian Council on Social Developmen­t). However, her legacy is marred by some accusation­s of racism - which led to her name being kept from mention on the Archives Building in Ottawa opened in 2011.

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