Women make an impact at McGill and beyond

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On this International Women’s Day, we look at just a few of the ways women associated with McGill are making a difference – at home and abroad.

Carrie Derick: Pioneering educator


In 1912, when the McGill Board of Governors appointed Carrie Derick as the Professor of Comparative Morphology and Genetics, she became the first woman in Canada to be appointed as a full professor. But most people know little about the life and work of Canada’s first woman geneticist, who was also a botanist, gardener, suffragette, social reformer and founder of McGill’s Genetics Department.