Wednesday, April 22, 2009

"Motorvationally Speaking": Musings About Muriel

Muriel was never one to sit back and say nothing when things didn't make sense.

After graduating from Mount Allison University in 1921, Muriel studied law at Dalhousie University, despite her mother's concern that it was an unnecessary expense for a young woman engaged to be married.

Muriel paid no attention and after her husband passed away in '42, she took over his law practice, gradually winning the confidence of a mostly male clientele, wary of dealing with a woman lawyer. Her first experience of sex discrimination occurred when her application for regional director of the Family Allowance program was turned down because only men were being considered. However, the native of Shediac, NB later went on to become the first director of Family Allowance and later, Old Age Security Programs in New Brunswick.

Committed to advancing women's rights, Muriel was the first woman elected to the Fredericton City Council and the first female Speaker of the Canadian Senate. Her values and vision for a better world for women live on to this day through the Foundation that bears her name ...and the people who continue to support what she started. In a way, Muriel proved her mother right. Women do belong in the house... and in the Senate!

Today on TSB, we chat with the Executive Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation ... Therese Murray.

The Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation is a charitable trust, established in 1985. All of the info is at

"Motorvationally Speaking", on CHCD TV, is a weekly, internet-based show focused on people who embrace the power of positive thinking. The guests may not always be famous, but they are always enlightening, and each one of them has an interesting story to tell. You won’t see any advertising on this program. For Jim Gilbert, it's not about selling cars, it’s about motivating people with inspiring messages at a time when it’s most needed.

"Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes.' They will say, Women don't have what it takes"

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