What woman has inspired you?

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017

By Johanne Adam

Three uOttawa profs tell us about three women who have made a difference in their lives.


Caroline Andrew

Caroline Andrew, Director of the Centre on Governance at uOttawa 


Monique Bégin

Photo: Canadian Museum of History

Monique Bégin: She has made Canada a better place – in health care, in women’s studies, in whole areas that improve the lives of Canadian women.









Scott Simon

Scott Simon, Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology


Igung Shiban

Igung Shiban, a woman from the indigenous Truku tribe in Taiwan: Long before I came to the University of Ottawa, when I was teaching and doing research in Taiwan, she asked me to work with her to write an article about a cement factory that had fraudulently taken over the land in her community without the consent of the Indigenous people. She convinced me to do work with Indigenous people in Taiwan and that really changed my life. I now do anthropology of Indigeneity and still work in Taiwan with the Truku people. 





Sheri Zhang

Sheri Zhang, Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures


Disney character Mulan

Mulan: The woman who has inspired me the most in my life is actually a female character in a very old story. Mulan has been made into a Disney movie. It’s about a woman who disguises herself as a man to go to war instead of her aged father or younger brother. This character shows that women can do as well as men. 

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