Roles of Women as Educators and Researchers in Post-Secondary
of Manitoba was established in 1877. Initially both students
and staff were male. The first woman was admitted to the university
examination in 1886. This student was Miss Jessie Holmes who
graduated in 1889. In the early days of the university it
was mainly an institution to train clergymen. Its graduates
were granted a Bachelor of Arts. Gradually other faculties
in the professions and vocations were created. In 1900, a
School of Domestic Science was approved. It was funded by
the Winnipeg Council of Women. By 1914, enrolment at the university
was 974 students. 155 were women, 142 in Arts, six in medicine,
six in law and one in pharmacy.
of Women was installed in 1921. From that point on women began
to play a more significant role in the University’s
affairs. In 1936, Eva Clare became the first Director of Music.
Gradually women were hired as professors and later began to
take more prominent roles at the administrative level. These
included Isabel Auld who served as Chancellor of the University
from 1977 to 1986, Pamela Boldus, Chair of the Board of Governors
from 1995 to 1997 and Emoke Szathmary, President of the university
from 1996 to today.