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Elizabeth Muriel Gregory MacGill known as Elsie was born in Vancouver in 1905 Elsies father was James Henry MacGill a well-known lawyer Her mother was Helen Gregory MacGill a newspaper reporter and the first woman judge in British Columbia Helen worked to change legislation to improve the lives of women and children in Canada Helen was a strong role model for her daughter Throughout her life Elsie remained a modest person She said I am not a hero I was lucky I got a good education So my mother was a judge so what I did not think it was any more remarkable for a woman being a judge than it was for me to be an engineer However in all actuality Elizabeth MacGill was a hero During her life she did a lot to help Canadian women and women around the world Unknowingly she has opened up a lot of doors and opportunities for women You will notice the word first appears often in an account of Elsie MacGills career One of her earliest accomplishments was at the University of Toronto Her presence in the universitys engineering classes certainly turned a few heads One professor was unaware that a lady had for the first time invaded his large class of men However none of this was enough to stop her from continuing her education In 1927 she was the first woman to graduate from the University of Toronto When she graduated she became the first woman in Canada to earn a degree in electrical engineering After graduation the Austin Automobile Company in Michigan hired her to work as an engineer The company started to produce aircraft therefore Elsie became very interested in the fields of aeronautics The company motivated her to work towards her masters degree in aeronautical engineering at the University of Michigan In 1929 she became the first woman in North America to hold a degree in aeronautical engineering Unfortunately before she
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