So our first #WomanOfTheWeek is Viola Davis Desmond.
Desmond was born on July 6 1914, and was a businesswoman in Nova Scotia. She is remembered for her refusal to leave the balcony of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in 1946, which was segregated at the time. She was arrested and found guilty of not paying the full tax on a floor-seat ticket. Desmond challenged racial discrimination without hesitation, which initiated the civil rights movement in Canada, and now has become a Canadian icon.
You can now find her on your ten dollar bills!