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Before the mid-twentieth century, if you’d asked someone to describe a quintessentially Canadian story, they might’ve used the words “historical” and “wilderness”. That’s because many of the popular Canadian books from this period — such as Wacousta (1832) or The Man From Glengarry (1901) — followed characters contending with natural forces and historical contexts. These kinds of books created a mythology around a so-called Canadian identity: a mythology rooted in the natural landscape and a particular version of the country’s history.

Women's History Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women around the world.

Merna Forster is the author of 100 Canadian Heroines and 100 More Canadian Heroines, the source for all the trivia about to follow. Test what you know of the almost encyclopedic knowledge of Canada's HERstory found in these two books!