Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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HELEN KINNEAR (1894–1970)

On International Women’s Day, March 8, 1993, the Canadian postal service issued a commemorative stamp bearing the portrait of Helen Alice Kinnear and the words, “Helen Alice Kinnear 1894–1970—Legal Pioneer.” Two ceremonial celebrations were held: the first at the Helen Kinnear Children’s Centre in Port Colborne, hometown and resting place of Judge Kinnear; the other in Cayuga, her birthplace and the judicial seat where Kinnear presided as county judge from 1943 to 1962. This was the first national recognition and celebration of this Canadian woman who achieved a remarkable number of “firsts” over the course of her life.1 Despite a generation of feminist scholarship, little is known about Helen Kinnear, a modern woman of our time. Even an official 1992 poster bearing the names of 100 significant Canadian women distributed by the Canadian government to public institutions did not include the name Helen Kinnear.


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Helen Kinnear was born on May 6, 1894, in Cayuga, a small community in southern Ontario. She was raised in rural peace, prosperity, and Presbyterianism. Kinnear was the youngest of four children, and like her two brothers and one sister, she was a gifted and serious student. The Kinnear family, from the first generation on the Niagara Peninsula, were ardent Liberals. “Liberal by birth and Liberal by conviction,” Helen would later respond to anyone who asked. James Kinnear, Helen’s grandfather, nominated William Lyon MacKenzie as Liberal candidate for the Parliament of Upper Canada in 1851. Louis, Helen’s father, a classics teacher and lawyer, won the Liberal nomination in Welland County in 1911. Although he lost the election, Louis remained actively asso-

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  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884–1966) 17
  • Mary Arden (1947–) 25
  • Anita Augsburg (1857–1943) 31
  • Suzanne Bastid-Basdevant (1906–) 34
  • Miriam Ben-Porat (1918–) 38
  • Myra Bradwell (1831–1882) 45
  • Beverly Blair Cook (1927–) 51
  • Irene R. Cortes (1920–) 62
  • Takako Doi (1928–) 68
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–) 78
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale (1945–) 88
  • Rosalyn Higgins (1937–) 94
  • Leonilde Iotti (1920–) 101
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (1936–1996) 112
  • Sylvie Kanigi (1953–) 118
  • Carrie Burnham Kilgore (1838–1909) 123
  • Helen Kinnear (1894–1970) 129
  • Claire L’Heureux-DubÉ (1927–) 136
  • Jutta Limbach (1934–) 144
  • Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894–1988) 150
  • Beverley McIachlin (1943–) 159
  • Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) 171
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921–) 180
  • Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868–1933) 190
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938–) 202
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (1930–) 210
  • Sadako Ogata (1927–) 219
  • Cecilia MuÑoz Palma (1913–) 231
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck (1926–) 237
  • Janet Reno (1938–) 248
  • Mary Robinson (1944–) 257
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (193?–) 266
  • Simone RozÈs-Ludwig (1920–) 271
  • Wiltraut Rupp-Von BrÜnneck (1912–1977) 277
  • Helga Seibert (1939–) 283
  • Elisabeth Selbert (1896–1986) 288
  • Margaret a. Somerville (1942–) 292
  • Helene StÖcker (1869–1943) 299
  • Helen Suzman (1917–) 304
  • Leah Tsemel (1945–) 312
  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953–1994) 323
  • Simone Veil-Jacob (1927–) 329
  • Bertha Wilson (1923–) 338
  • Appendix 349
  • Selected Bibliography 353
  • Index 357
  • About the Editors and Contributors 371
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