About the Greenberg Chair

Founding of the Chair:

In 2005, Shirley E. Greenberg, retired lawyer and class of 1976 alumnus, made an outstanding  donation in support of  activities related to women and the legal profession, permanently endowing the Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession in the Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law. Beginning with her annual support in 2002, legal issues that are important to women have received wonderful support from Ms. Greenberg. Thanks to this generous gift,the Greenberg Chair is now permanently established at the law school.

Role of the Chair:

The Shirley E. Greenberg Chair will be held by professors in the University of Ottawa,  Faculty of Law.  It is designed to circulate among qualified feminist faculty members.  The holder of the Chair works with a large existing group of feminist scholars, all committed to women’s equality through law, to encourage women to enter the profession, to train legal professionals to deliver services to women, to connect women in law school with women in the legal profession, and to further law reform and research impacting on women as clients and women in the profession.


2002-2005: Professor Elizabeth Sheehy

2005-2007: Professor Sanda Rodgers

2007-2011: Professor Martha Jackman

2011-2013: Professor Rosemary Cairns Way

2013-2016: Professor Elizabeth Sheehy

2016-2020: Professor Angela Cameron

Current: Professor Natasha Bakht

Shirley E. Greenberg

Shirley E. Greenberg

Shirley Greenberg has been a trail-blazer in the Canadian women's movement for most of her adult life. She helped found the Ottawa Women's Centre, from which subsequently developed the Rape Crisis Centre, the Women's Career Counseling Centre and Interval House, a refuge for battered women. She entered the University of Ottawa's law school in the 1970s; while still busy raising three children.

After obtaining her law degree, Greenberg went on to create the first all-female law practice in Ottawa. Many of the most successful women lawyers in Ontario today began their careers in the law office of Shirley Greenberg.

Throughout her career, she fought systemic discrimination against women in laws and legal documents. Greenberg has since retired from the practice of the law, but her commitment to improving the lives of women continues.

With the help of her generous donation, the Shirley E. Greenberg Centre for Women's Health was established at the Riverside campus of the Ottawa Hospital. This centre, specializing in gynecology and cancer detection, puts particular emphasis on the well-being of older women.

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