Elsie MacGill

Elsie MacGill

1905-1980, Canada
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– World’s first female aircraft designer.
– Designed and built the Hawker Hurricane fighter aircraft during World War II.
– Commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada, published in 1970.

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Elizabeth Muriel Gregory “Elsie” MacGill, OC (March 27, 1905 – November 4, 1980), known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes”, was the world’s first woman to earn an aeronautical engineering degree. She worked as an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War and did much to make Canada a powerhouse of aircraft construction during her […] read more
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Elizabeth Muriel Gregory “Elsie” MacGill, OC (March 27, 1905 – November 4, 1980), known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes”, was the world’s first woman to earn an aeronautical engineering degree. She worked as an aeronautical engineer during the Second World War and did much to make Canada a powerhouse of aircraft construction during her years at Canadian Car and Foundry (CC&F) in Fort William, Ontario. After her work at CC&F she ran a successful consulting business. Between 1967–1970 she was a commissioner on the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada, published in 1970.[1]

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