MacGill, Elizabeth Muriel Gregory 'Elsie' National Historic Person
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Elsie MacGill in 1946, during the CC&F years
© Ashley & Crippen / Library and Archives Canada // Bibliothèque et Archives Canada / PA-148464
1001 Montreal Street, Canadian Car & Foundry National Historic Site of Canada, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
1905 to 1980
MacGill, Elizabeth Muriel Gregory 'Elsie'
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Made significant contributions to the field of aeronautical engineering and to the recognition and promotion of Canadian women's equality
Existing plaque: 1001 Montreal Street, Thunder Bay, Ontario
Elsie MacGill made remarkable contributions to aeronautical engineering by introducing mass-production techniques for the Hawker Hurricane built here during the Second World War and later by developing international air-worthiness regulations. Overcoming physical challenges resulting from polio to pursue graduate studies and build a career in aviation engineering, she paved the way for women to enter the profession. Continuing the legacy of her mother, Judge Helen Gregory MacGill, she advanced women's equality, particularly as a member of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women formed in 1967.