Cracked “male barrier”

The December 4 1956 edition of the Toronto Daily Star featured a photo of Jean Dorothy Reading Newman, the first woman to be elected to the Board of Control in Toronto.


Jean Newman (1905-1971) served only one term on the Toronto Board of Control. In 1958, she ran for mayor, finishing third behind incumbent Nathan Phillips and former mayor Allan Lamport. In 1962, she ran as a Liberal candidate in a by-election and lost; she left politics after that.

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