1968 - Mary Two Axe Earley took her case for Indian status to the Royal Commission on the Status of Women
Mary Two-Axe Earley was a Mohawk woman from the reserve of Kahnawake, Quebec. She worked as an Indigenous women's rights activist against the gender discrimination that lost Indigenous women "status" under the Indian Act. Her work eventually lead to the passing of Bill C-31 in 1985, an amendment to the Indian Act to correct gender discrimination.
Mary was a powerful speaker at several conferences, commissions and hearings worldwide in her pursuit of justice, basic human rights, and the equality of women before the law. Mary was a Clan Mother who valued the traditions and welfare of Aboriginal communities before anything else.
She was the first woman reinstated by, then, Indian Affairs Minister, David Crombie.