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Heritage Minute highlights Vancouver-born engineer to kick off Women's History Month

Last Updated Oct 1, 2020 at 8:43 am PDT

A new Heritage Minute focuses on a Vancouver-born Elsie MacGill, known as the "Queen of the Hurricanes" (Screenshot Heritage Minute)
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Elsie MacGill is the focus of a new Heritage Minute as part of Women's History Month

Vancouver-born engineer shattered barriers, was a strong believer that women should have control over their bodies

MacGill oversaw Canadian production of Hawker Hurricane fighter planes, earning the nickname 'Queen of the Hurricanes'

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A new Heritage Minute is putting the spotlight on a Vancouver-born engineer to kick off Women’s History Month.

Elsie MacGill was a feminist, polio survivor, and the world’s first female aeronautical engineer.

She shattered barriers and was a strong believer that women should have full control over their own bodies.

MacGill also oversaw the Canadian production of Hawker Hurricane fighter planes, which is how she got her nickname the “Queen of the Hurricanes.” This effort hired more than 200 women and resulted in the production of more than 1,450 aircraft during the Second World War, according to Veterans Affairs Canada.

In addition to all her accomplishments, MacGill studied at UBC and was the first woman admitted to the University of Toronto’s School of Practical Science in electrical engineering.

This year’s theme for Women’s History Month, which kicks off Oct. 1, is “Because of You.”

The month will celebrate women and girls in Canada who have made, and continue to make, a lasting impact on Canada.