Bertha Wilson (Herstory 1986) was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on 4 March 1982. She was the first woman to sit on the highest court. Women throughout the country were thrilled at the appointment, as was the Canadian Bar Association.
After working at a Toronto law firm, she became the first woman appointed to the Ontario Appeal Court. There, she gained a reputation as a legal innovator. As a member of the Supreme Court, she wrote many important decisions, including the controversial d ecision that overturned the section of the criminal code dealing with abortion.
Bertha Wilson's decisions showed courage and a keen legal insight. Retired from the court, she continues to gain the respect of Canadians.