06/30/2016 02:54 EDT | Updated 10/19/2018 10:07 EDT

11 Canadian Women Who Were 'Firsts' In Their Fields

And here are their major achievements.

Women in Canada have come a long way.

Although most Canadian women didn't get the right to vote until 1921 (women of colour and aboriginals didn't get to vote until the late 1940s and 1960, respectively), the early Canadian feminists of our time strived to make the country an equal place.

Taking up challenges in the fields of politics, medicine and social justice, women have worked (and continue to work) twice as hard for their place in society. And although we've seen historic changes like electing the first gender-balanced ministerial team in 2015, we still have a long way to go in terms of equality and diversity in politics, the pay gap and more.

But for Canada Day, it's time to look at the women who did make a difference.

To celebrate our country's 149th birthday, we took a glimpse at some incredible women who were firsts in their own respective fields. From the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature to the first unofficial female police officer in Nova Scotia, check out our list of 11 notable women who made Canadian history, with illustrations by Justine Marimla.

Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments below.