First President of NCWC
Lady Aberdeen, Ishbel Maria Hamilton-Gordon
Marchioness of Aberdeen and Temair, GBE (March 15, 1857-April 18, 1939)
In 1893, Lady Aberdeen founded the National Council of Women of Canada. She was a Scottish author, philanthropist and an advocate of woman’s interests.
Lady Aberdeen was president of the International Council of Women for thirty-six years (1893 – 1936) and the National Council of Women of Canada for six years (1893 – 1899). When her husband was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, she took up the fight against tuberculosis, starting the Woman’s National Health Association. In 1897, when her husband was Governor General of Canada, she founded the Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada and was also the first President of the organisation. She also established the May Court Club, the first women’s only service club in North America.
Lady Aberdeen has a long list of accomplishments and received much recognition, prior to coming to Canada and During her four year stay in our country. Her popularity in Canada led to her being given 18 elaborate tea sets by the Canadian government. This gift had nothing to do with her title or marriage and was purely because of her own work and impact. A true role model for women.
Photos of Lady Aberdeen
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