Born in Brandon, Manitoba, April 21, 1912. Jean passed away February 25, 2015, in Chilliwack, BC at the age of 102. (Jean Scott’s Autobiography)
Jean Scott worked on behalf of women in the Great Depression era when wages were $5 per month for women, $7.50 for men (on farms), even though the female hired girl worked longer and harder than hired males.
Like Margaret Thatcher, Jean Scott was born in a grocery store, but there the similarity ceases because Jean firmly believes that what we do now gives strength, courage and encouragement to those who are following us and that we ought to give credit to those who carried the very difficult campaign forward when women were disenfranchised and little more than household adornments to the men in their lives.
Jean uses her musical talent to help animate fundraising and information events. To this day she is still actively engaged as a vocal soloist, a leader of sing-songs, especially feminist songs. She founded the Heritage Singers who still perform as many as 30 concerts a year.
In the her efforts to advance towards women being recognized as full persons, Jean suffered through years of meetings of the (Vancouver) Labour Council and heard the same message “We got a dime for the men and a nickel for the women.” From 1946 to 1971. Jean was a member of the Negotiating committee, served as the local’s president and was often on the picket line.
Promotion of women’s status has been a broad and never-lessening endeavour for Jean, predominantly in the area of women working for wages and/or salary. As the B.C. female representative to the Canadian Labour Congress’ committee to present a Brief to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, Jean was given wide opportunity to speak and work on behalf of women both in and out of the labour movement. She continues in this work.
First in Victoria and later in Chilliwack, Jean has served on a Board of Directors for Transition House since the beginning of shelters for abused women. Jean served as Vice-President for the Upper Fraser Valley Transition Society and was instrumental in her support of a Transition House opening in Hope.
Jean used this platform to promote the advancement of women, regardless of gender, religious persuasion, political stripe, colour or social status of the audience — or, as a matter of fact, whether the audience is one, or one hundred.
- The Memorial Society of B.C. made Jean a special award in 1968, and she was given an Honorary Life Membership in the Chilliwack Museum and Historical Society.
- The University of the Fraser Valley awarded Jean with an honorary degree. (Jean Scott Scholarship)
- Awarded the 1990 Person’s Aware in the Senate Chambers on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill.
- The Jean Scott Transition House in Hope, B.C. was officially named on October 19, 1995.