MacGill, Helen Gregory

 Helen Gregory MacGill, née Helen Emma Gregory, feminist, reformer, judge (b at Hamilton, Canada W 7 Jan 1864; d at Chicago, Ill 27 Feb 1947). She was the first woman graduate of Trinity College, Toronto (BA, MA), and, although never a career woman, she wrote and published all her life. As a reporter, she travelled alone across the Canadian West to Japan, marrying her first husband en route. Widowed young, she married James MacGill in 1903 and spent the remainder of her life in Vancouver.

MacGill served for 23 years as judge of the Juvenile Court there; she was the first woman appointed judge in the region (1917) and the third in Canada. The Court itself had been created because of the pressures for reform exerted by women's groups in which MacGill was active. Elsie Gregory MACGILL's biography My Mother the Judge (1981) - also in part an autobiography - is a valuable document of the WOMEN'S MOVEMENT.