First among women
Jeanne Sauvé — though she rejected the title of “feminist” — led the way for Canadian women and demolished barriers on their behalf. As a young woman,
she was one of the first to embark on a career in television, moving easily from
programs on sewing in the 1950s to public affairs analysis.
As a politician, she was the first woman from Quebec ever elected to the federal Parliament and the first to serve as Speaker of the House of Commons.
As Governor General — another “first” for women — she travelled the country
and dedicated herself to supporting Canadian unity.
I don’t support feminists who are against men, who do not want families,
who don’t care how they look. I’m sorry, but personally, I want it all:
a career, a family life, children and I enjoy dressing stylishly.
Jeanne Sauvé, 1985