The Canadian Royal Commission on the Status of Women commences its work. Broadcaster, journalist and senator Florence Bird (1908–1998) was chosen as the commission’s chair. Over the next three years, the commission called for submissions from organizations and individuals. It received approximately 500 briefs, 1,000 letters of opinion and also held a series of public hearings across the country. The work of the Commission was considered by many to be groundbreaking and resulted directly in significant improvements to the lives of many Canadian women and, as a result, to Canadian society as a whole.