BIRD, The Hon. Florence Bayard, C.C., LL.D.(hon) , D.Hum.L.(hon), D.Litt.
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Date of Birth ( 1908.01.15
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Deceased Date ( 1998.07.18 (90 years old)
Profession | Occupation: Author, broadcaster, journalist
Notes: First woman in Canadian history to head a Royal Commission of Inquiry (Status of Women in Canada, 1967).
Federal Political Experience
Years of Service: 1760 Days (4 years, 9 months, 26 days)
^ Senate
Senatorial DivisionPolitical Affiliation at NominationTerm ( on the advice of
Carleton, Ontario Liberal 1978.03.23 - 1983.01.15 Trudeau, Pierre Elliott
^ Parliamentary Group
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Liberal 1978.03.23 - 1983.01.15

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FunctionCommissionTerm (
Chair Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada 1967.02.17 - 1970
Selected Publications This bibliography includes books, chapters in books and journal articles written, edited, compiled or translated solely by the parliamentarian or with others.

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^ Sole Author Books

  • Anne Francis: an autobiography.
    Toronto : Clarke, Irwin; 1974. 324 p.

  • A guinea a box: a biography.
    London : Hale; 1968. 191 p.

  • Holiday in the woods / Illustrations Heather Collins.
    Toronto : Clarke, Irwin; 1976. 111 p.

  • Options unlimited: women in our developing society.
    [Fredericton] : Dept. of Public Relations and Development, University of New Brunswick; 1975. 18 p.

Chapters in Books

  • Reminiscences of the Commission chair.
    In: Women and the Canadian state / edited by Caroline Andrew & Sanda Rodgers = Les femmes et l'état canadien / publié sous la direction de Caroline Andrew & Sanda Rodgers. Montréal ; Kingston [Ont.] : McGill-Queen's University Press; 1997. p. [185]-196.


  • Language: bridge or barrier.
    Behind the headlines. 23 (4):1-19 1964.

  • The return of France to North America.
    Behind the headlines. 26 (3):1-25 1966.

  • The rights of women.
    Behind the headlines. 10 (4):1-20 p September 1950.

^ Multiple Authors Oral History Project

  • Interview of the Hon. Florence Bird conducted June 23, 1976 / Peter Stursberg.
    Ottawa : Library of Parliament; 1976. 44 leaves

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