Iconic Women in Canada by Zodiac Sign
To honour International Women’s Day 2020, we’re challenging gender stereotypes and celebrating intersectional feminism. Inequality still exists and we’re here to amplify the voices of diverse women with their own unique challenges — working to make the world a more accessible place for all womxn around the world.
Aries: Celine DionLegendary French-Canadian powerhouse Celine Dion is Canada’s best-selling artist with more than 200 million copies of record sales sold worldwide. From teen star to international success, our pop culture icon has an incredible career that spans five decades. Our fiery singer has been noted as one of pop music’s most influential voices — fueled by talent and the Power of Love.
Other notable Canadian Aries women:Shay Mitchell, Agnes Macphail, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Jann Arden
Taurus: Dr. Elsie Charles BasqueEarth sign Dr. Elsie Charles Basque may have died in 2016 but her legacy lives on. This epic Taurus was one of Canada’s oldest residential school survivors, the first Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia to become an official educator and fought not only for First Nations folks — but also for the power of education.
Other notable Canadian Taurus women:Queen Elizabeth II, Emily VanCamp
Gemini: Alanis MorissetteThis icon spotlit all the pain, healing and empowerment that follows downing that jagged little pill. And she sang about it unapologetically, so we can too.
Other notable Canadian Gemini women:Marie Avgeropoulos, Anne Murray, Jessie Reyez
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Cancer: Sandra OhSure, she is one of the richest Canadian actresses now with well-known roles in Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve, but Sandra Oh had to grapple with institutionalized obstacles, and “decades of Hollywood racism” many women of colour routinely face, including the bamboo ceiling.
Other notable Canadian Cancer women:Viola Desmond, Alessia Cara, Pamela Anderson
Leo: Winnie HarlowToronto-born fashion model Winnie Harlow made waves back in 2014 when she was a contestant on the long-running series America’s Next Top Model. The only Canadian ever to be cast in the American show, this Leo has used her platform and celebrity to amplify awareness around the skin condition vitiligo — helping to remove the stigma of the condition affecting about one per cent of people around the world.
Other notable Canadian Leo women:Haley Wickenheiser, Emily Rickards, Kim Cattrall, Anna Paquin
Virgo: Tegan and SaraTalented Canadian lesbian twins are best known for their indie pop sounds. Both Virgos, the Calgary born Quin sisters have been in the music scene since the mid 90s and earned international mainstream recognition and even Grammy nominations over the years. The musical sisters released a memoir last year called High School.
Other notable Canadian Virgo women:Tatiana Maslany, Jean Augustine, Shania Twain
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Libra: Lilly SinghLilly started from the bottom, and is now not only one of the most famous YouTubers, but also a millionaire, winning over fans with her disarming humour, and piercing wit in her own late-night show, A Little Late with Lilly Singh.
Other notable Canadian Libra women:Rupi Kaur, Kenojuak Ashevak, Nellie McClung, Avirl Lavigne
Scorpio: Rachel McAdamsRachel McAdams might have played a vacuous Mean Girl, but she is known for taking on environmental activism, and has participated in various demonstrations, including “Day Without Immigrants” — a protest against the U.S. government’s attempt to further criminalize illegal immigrants.
Other notable Canadian Scorpio women:Margaret Atwood, Doris Anderson, Carly Rae Jepsen, K.D. Lang, Joni Mitchell
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Sagittarius: Emily CarrCanadian historical icon Emily Carr was an artist and writer who was best known for two main things: being one of the first settlers to chronicle life in British Columbia and being one of the first Canadian painters to do the modernist and post-impressionist thing in her art. Though her landscapes were all the rage, this Sadge started off with Indigenous themes in her paintings.
Other notable Canadian Sadge women:Roberta Bondar, Serena Ryder
Capricorn: Angela JamesThis Capricorn has been called the first superstar of modern women’s hockey. Angela James was part of the National Women’s Hockey League and earned the MVP title half a dozen times. This female athlete made a name for herself in one of the most stereotypical Canadian things of all — and celebrating her feels next-level right.
Other notable Canadian Capricorn women:Nina Dobrev, Kristin Kreuk
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Aquarius: Adrienne ClarksonThe Hong Kong-born Canadian journalist also served as Canada’s Governer General. As a child, she experienced the Japanese invasion of her homeland, and when she took to her latter posting, she wasn’t afraid to ruffle feathers; still a controversial figure, Clarkson developed a reputation for her somewhat anti-monarchist attitude.
Other notable Canadian Aquarius women:Sarah McLachlan, Feist
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Pisces: Ellen PageThe Juno star isn’t afraid to use her public platform to push for LGBTQ+ rights or to call out Mike Pence for pulling in the opposite direction.
Other notable Canadian Pisces women:Catherine O’Hara,
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