Nov. 17, 2004

Ellen Fairclough remembered by scholarship at McMaster University

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Ellen Fairclough, the first woman federal minister, will be remembered at McMaster University with the establishment of The Ellen Louks Fairclough Memorial Scholarship in Political Science. Photo courtesy of the National Archives of Canada (PA#129254)

Hamilton, ON - The Right Honorable Ellen Fairclough, Canada's first female federal cabinet minister, made significant contributions to Canadian political life and to women’s equality of opportunity. Fairclough, who passed away November 13, will be remembered at McMaster University with the establishment of The Ellen Louks Fairclough Memorial Scholarship in Political Science.

This scholarship will help a graduate student in political science at McMaster.

In her 13-year career as a Member of Parliament from Hamilton and as a Cabinet Minister in the Diefenbaker government, Fairclough distinguished herself in several portfolios, including Citizenship and Immigration, Secretary of State, and Postmaster General. She pioneered the principle of equal pay for equal work for women and became a model for women seeking a career in politics.

Supporters of the scholarship hope that people will join them to make the scholarship fund a true legacy for Fairclough. Those who wish to make a donation to the Ellen Louks Fairclough Memorial Scholarship may contact McMaster University at 1-877-622-3863.

McMaster University, named Canada’s Research University of the Year by Research InfoSource, has world-renowned faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. McMaster's culture of innovation fosters a commitment to discovery and learning in teaching, research and scholarship. Based in Hamilton, the University has a student population of more than 20,000 and more than 112,000 alumni in 128 countries.