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Canadian Women Marching in Washington: Feminist Solidarity in Historical Perspective
by Joan Sangster
A friend’s daughter set out yesterday from Montreal for Washington to join American protests timed to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump. She may not know that she is marching in a long Canadian tradition of cross-border feminist solidarity going back to a 1913 suffrage demonstration, also timed to coincide with a presidential inauguration.
Only the Brave or “Canada’s Daughters Shall be Free”–Respect, Redistribution, and Suffrage in Women’s Struggle for Canadian Democracy
by Veronica Strong-Boag
As Canada’s recent political history demonstrates, democracy remains an unfinished and contested project championed by the courageous. The long and continuing struggle to gain women what has been termed ‘participatory parity’ is an object lesson in that democratic story.
Geneva Misener and W.H. Alexander: University of Alberta Classics Professors and Women’s Suffrage Activists, 1914 – 16
by Sarah Carter
On a cold February evening in 1914 Edmonton at a “rousing” meeting of the Equal Franchise League (EFL), University of Alberta Classics professor Geneva Misener “knocked down like nine pins one of the greatest arguments advanced against equal rights.” Also present that evening as chair and first president of the EFL was another Classics professor, William Hardy Alexander.
Anna Heilman, a Holocaust Hero
by Georgina Taylor
In 2001, when Never Far Away: The Auschwitz Chronicle of Anna Heilman was launched in Ottawa, Heilman said her “older sister Estusia” was:
not only my sister and my best friend. She is also my hero. But who she was and what she did have meaning for more than me, her sister. As a Jew, she was a hero for all Jews. As a woman, she was a hero for all women. As a human being, she is a hero for all of us. Though she is known to history for her part and her fate, Estusia’s story has never been told. It is time.
Gladys Strum (4 February 1906 – 15 August 2005)
by Georgina Taylor
Gladys Strum, who made an exceptional contribution to political life in Canada, joined the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) two years after the first convention in Regina in 1933. A down-to-earth farm woman from Windthorst in southeast Saskatchewan, she became a CCF candidate in seven elections, when women politicians were “vastly out-numbered,” between feminism’s first and second wave.
Mothers of Medicare in Canada
by Georgina Taylor
Medicare is Canada’s most popular social program and various men have been identified as its progenitor including T.C. (Tommy) Douglas, Emmett Hall, and Paul Martin Sr. Although the charismatic Douglas is most frequently cited as the “father of medicare” in Canada, he did not see himself as a lone heroic man. He was fully aware of the many women and men who made critical contributions.
Suffrage and the Temperance Movement in England and Beyond
by Cynthia Belaskie
One of the most famous marriages in women’s nineteenth century activism is that of suffrage and temperance. These causes had much in common: friends, money, political affiliations, tactics. Their relationship was certainly not perfect and rifts made headlines, but theirs was a relationship that mattered.
Valentine’s Day 1916, A Day of Triumph for The Women of Saskatchewan
by Georgina M. Taylor
On Valentine’s Day in 1916 Saskatchewan suffragists converged on the Legislative Building in Regina. They had been invited to attend the Legislative Assembly by Walter Scott, the besieged Premier, who apparently hoped his invitation would be seen as chivalrous.
Married Women, Race, Ethnicity, and Suffrage: A History of Exclusion
by Philip Girard
We all know that Canadian women, with the exception of some Aboriginal and Asian women, acquired the federal vote in 1918, right? Well, not actually. The vote is tied to citizenship (or, as it was called prior to 1947, nationality), and the issue of whether the wives of newly naturalized immigrant men should be able to vote remained a live one until Canada adopted its own Citizenship Act in 1946, with effect from 1 January 1947.