Florence Bayard Bird, CC (January 15, 1908 – July 18, 1998) was a Canadian broadcaster, journalist, and Senator.

The Hon.

Florence Bayard Bird
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Senator for Carleton, Ontario
In office
Appointed byPierre Trudeau
Personal details
Born(1908-01-15)January 15, 1908
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 18, 1998(1998-07-18) (aged 90)
Political partyLiberal

Born Florence Rhein in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she attended Bryn Mawr College and in 1928 married journalist John Bird. They moved to Montreal in 1931. In 1937, they moved to Winnipeg where her husband worked for the Winnipeg Tribune. She also appeared on CBC Radio and Television as Anne Francis, a political analyst. Francis [Bird] made several appearances on the panel show, Fighting Words in the early 1960s.

She is best remembered for her work as chair of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women.[1]

She was a member of the Senate of Canada from March 23, 1978 until January 15, 1983.

In 1971, she was invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada. In 1983, she was named a recipient of the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case.[2]


  1. ^ Profiled by Alan Edmonds in Maclean's Magazine, 1 Jan. 1968; https://archive.macleans.ca/article/1968/1/1/cheer-up-girls-help-is-on-the-way
  2. ^ "Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case: 1983 Recipients". Status of Women Canada. 27 Apr 2015. Retrieved 11 Feb 2016.

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