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Article: Margaret Fulton fought for women’s education

Outspoken in her beliefs that everyone should be equal, Dr. Margaret Fulton worked to make schooling accessible and diverse.

The Globe and Mail’s obituary outlines Dr. Fulton’s career path from a one-room school in rural Manitoba to president of Halifax’s Mount Saint Vincent University.
For her work, Dr. Fulton received 15 honorary degrees and was named to the Order of Canada.

“As a teacher, university president and leading advocate of women’s rights, Margaret Fulton once playfully called herself ‘a slightly radical feminist still proudly bearing the revolutionary spirit of my peace-loving, pioneering, prairie Protestant ancestors’.
When Dr. Fulton became president of Halifax’s Mount Saint Vincent University in 1978, she was the only female president of a co-educational university in Canada. In her installation address, she told her audience that there was ‘only one basic fact worth concentrating on: Either we change the patterns of our human social behaviour, or as a society we self-destruct’.”

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