The Struggle Of Women In The 20's Century Presents The Life Of Elizabeth Gregory Macgill

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Where are the women? I always asked my self that question whenever I read history books. I love history but even as a child, I wanted to learn about the lives of women. As an adult I began to do some research on my own and discovered it was difficult to find information about women's lives. However, I asked my self many times " how could I have studied Canadian history for so many years and not have heard these women's stories? " I wondered. Therefore, today I did my research on women's opportunities and I am going to talk about Elizabeth Muriel Gregory MacGill." I am not a hero. I was lucky. I got a good education. So my mother was a judge; so what? I did not think it was any more ...view middle of the document...

Her presence in the university of Toronto's engineering classes certainly turned a few heads. One professor, was unaware that his large class of men had, for the first time, been invaded by a " lady ", the men in the class exploded in laughter and the poor professor was reduced to confusion. However, none of this was enough to stop her from continuing her education. As a result, because she was the first woman in Canada to become an engineer, that led her to become a focused citizen who had done a lot to help Canadian women and others in the world to get a good education and to fight for their future.After graduation and working for the Austin Automobile Company, the company started to produce aircraft, therefore, Elsie became very interested in the fields of aeronautics. This motivated her to work towards her master's degree in aeronautical engineering at the university of Michigan. She was the first woman to earn this distinction in 1929. Before she was able to start her full time career, she was struck with polio and doctors told her that she would probably spent the rest of her life in a wheel chair. She refused to accept their prognosis and forced her self to learn to walk again with two strong walking sticks. To help pay her doctor bills, she wrote magazine articles about planes and flying. In 1934, she worked for fair child aircraft limited in Quebec as an assistant aeronautical engineer specializing in stress analysis. In addition, she held many important positions in the aeronautics industry, she is best known for her work during world war two as chief engineer for the Canadian car and foundary company. She oversaw the production of the hawker hurricane in Canada, and she designed a serious of modifications to equip the hurricane for cold weather flying. Therefore, her success in the fields of aeronautical engineering helped her to be a determined resident who did a great job helping the entire world and she fought her fears and disability, to gain a good future for herself and for women all over Canada.In 1938, Canadian car and Foundry Company appointed Dr. MacGill as chief aeronautical engineer. She designed and tested the Maple Leaf Trainer, a two seats, fabric covered plane described by aviation experts as a beautiful aircraft. It was flown in Canada by a number of civilian pilots. Adding another " first " to her already growing list of accomplishments, she became the first woman aircraft designer in the world, but, it was known at this time that women have no opportunities or rights. Although she never achieved her dream of becoming a pilot (as a result of her disability), she insisted on always being a passenger on all test...

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