Becky Buhay

Rebecca Buhay, "Becky," political activist, educator (b at London, Eng 11 Feb 1896; d at Toronto 16 Dec 1953). She immigrated to Canada in 1912 and became active in Montréal socialist causes during WWI. After studying at the radical Rand School of Social Sciences, New York, she became an organizer in Montréal garment unions. She joined the Workers (Communist) Party of Canada, likely in 1921.

In the 1920s and 1930s she toured and lectured, teaching at party schools in western and central Canada; in the early 1920s in Alberta, she helped organize the striking coal miners' wives in the Women's Labour Leagues. With her friend Annie Buller, she was active in the free speech fights in Toronto in 1929-31 and she succeeded Florence Custance as secretary of the Canadian Labor Defence League and head of the Women's Department in 1929. She wrote and spoke about women's role in the struggle for socialism and headed a Canadian women's delegation to the USSR in the early 1930s.

During WWII she worked to free interned communists. After the war she resumed her educational work for the Party. She was revered among colleagues for her ability to communicate radical ideas, her loyalty and dedication to the communist movement.