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Adler Chair Named Among 
 Vancouver’s Most Influential 
 Female Politicians in History 03.07.18
Adler Chair Named Among
Vancouver’s Most Influential
Female Politicians in History
03.07.18

In honor of International Women’s Day, a key Adler University leader gained some well-deserved recognition for her formative contributions to Vancouver and Canada, as a whole.

The Georgia Straight ranked Joy MacPhail among Vancouver’s 30 most influential female politicians in history in a March 7 feature that provided a snapshot of each woman’s journey. A long-time member of the British Columbia New Democratic Party (NDP), MacPhail joined the Adler University Board of Trustees in 2013. She served as Vice Chair for the last four years and was elected to the role of Chair earlier this year.

According to The Georgia Straight:

"The three-term NDP MLA for Vancouver-Hastings was deputy premier and held the following cabinet portfolios between 1993 and 2001: social services, health, education, labour, and finance. After the Mike Harcourt government initially expanded welfare programs, she was appointed to scale things back and change public perceptions, which was accomplished by introducing a controversial three-month residency requirement. While this alienated antipoverty advocates, it might have helped the NDP win reelection in 1996. MacPhail was an ally of Downtown Eastside activists fighting to protect children and youth from sexual predators. She and fellow New Democrat Jenny Kwan kept the party alive from 2001 to 2005 when it had only two seats in the legislature.”

Read the full feature, “International Women's Day 2018: Vancouver's 30 Most Influential Female Politicians in History,” in the Georgia Straight.

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.