Born Jeanne Benoît on April 26 in Prud’homme, Saskatchewan.
The Benoît family moves to Ottawa.
As national president of the Jeunesse étudiante catholique organization in Montreal, travels
Marries Maurice Sauvé, a law student
(with whom she has a son 11 years later)
and departs for Europe.
In Paris, works for UNESCO and studies
at the Sorbonne.
Returning to Canada, joins Radio-Canada/CBC
in Montreal as a radio and television journalist.
Is elected Liberal Member of Parliament for
Becomes the third Canadian woman ever
appointed to Cabinet, and serves successively
as Minister of Science and Technology,
Environment and, finally, Communications.
Is named Speaker of the House of Commons,
the first woman to hold that position.
Despite frail health, serves as Governor General
Dies on January 26 in Montreal.