Kathleen Okrulhik was born in 1951 in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Marquette University in Wisconsin on scholarship and received her B.A. in Philosophy in 1973. Her dedication to getting a good education was evident in her working as a waitress and cafeteria lady at the university in order to pay for her schooling. Her passion for women’s rights and equality for people of other ethnicities became an important part of her life. She then went on to get her Masters of Philosophy at the University of Guelph in 1974. After that she continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh first earning her M.A. in History and Philosophy of Science in 1976 and then finishing her PH.D. in History and Philosophy of Science in 1984. She married James Brown in 1976 and they had two children: Elizabeth and Stephen. Kathleen got involved in the Feminist movement in the London area when she started her teaching position at the University of Western Ontario in 1979. It was her goal to give women enrolled in the university equal access and opportunities to take the courses that they wished to. It was through efforts made by Kathleen that the Centre for Women’s Studies and Feminist Research was established in 1987.