There were also members of the suffragette movement who resisted this. Earlier, in the 1880s, a suffragette named Catherine Impey founded Anti-Caste, sometimes described as Britain’s first anti-racist journal, which attempted to speak “with” rather than “about” people of colour, highlighting racism in the US and the British Empire. Continue reading ““White-Washing” History”
Clips of newspaper articles: http://vimyridgehistory.com/kit-3/women/suffrage/
1883: The Canadian Women’s Suffrage Association is born.
1916: Manitoba is the first province to grant the vote to women.
1917: The Wartime Election Act gives the vote to women who are closely related to a man in service (e.g., spouse or next-of-kin)
1918: Sir Robert Borden (Prime Minister of Canada) introduces a bill to extend the vote to *nearly* all women.
1921: Agnes MacPhail elected to the Dominion House and serves 3 terms.
1929: Established women’s right to sit in the Senate
1930: Mrs. Carine MacKay Wilson appointed the first woman senator.
“Yes, if I had life to live over again, I might avoid some of my mistakes, but in the fundamentals — in the light of the war and of Russia — I am more convinced than ever that nothing else but liberty as the basis of society and of life will ever solve the present problems of the world.” —Emma Goldman
A common sexist line is that a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Well, perhaps that is where the battle for women’s rights began. Apparently, American suffragists published a cookbook that peppered bona fide culinary recipes with propaganda encouraging women on the right to vote.
Add a dash of sarcasm and a pinch of wit. Serves sharp-tongued feminists and thick-skulled chauvinists alike.
Check out a few recipes such as the “Mother’s Election Cake” and a “Pie for a Suffragist’s Doubting Husband” (recipe below): Continue reading “Subversive Soufflés?”
Nellie McClung- the most famous of the Canadian suffragettes- is hardly a household name (Although she does have a heritage minute).
McClung was instrumental in the Winnipeg Mock Parliament of 1914- a theatrical event where women posing as politicians debated the question “should men vote?”. In addition to her support of women’s suffrage, McClung was a writer, mother and (concerningly) a eugenicist.
Suffrage Songs and Verses, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1911)
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