Jewett became a Member of Parliament (MP), focusing on issues of peace, disarmament, and women’s equality while in office. She was the first woman president of a co-educational university – Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. A century earlier, women were not even allowed to enroll in most universities in Canada.
The Supreme Court of Canada rules that the Indian Act has the right to take away treaty rights from First Nations Women who marry non-status men. As a result, First Nations women who married non-status men were no longer considered to be "Indian" under the Act, nor were their children.