Science: Carrie Derick

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As assistant to a McGill botany professor, Carrie Derick (Herstory 1976) took over all his duties when he fell ill. When he died, a man was given the job. Only in 1912 did she become the first woman promoted to full professorship in a Canadian university. Colleagues saw her as a brilliant student, an inspiring teacher, an adventurous scientist and a tireless advocate of women's rights.

I believe that a competent performance by a woman, in any field, reflects favourably on other women who are seeking recognition. If I can do a good job of it, then it will be easier for the next woman who comes along that path.
(Flo Whyard)

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