suffragettes of toronto



“White-Washing” History

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”


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The War and Suffrage

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TLDR version of Women’s Suffrage in Canada

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.



Emma Goldman in Toronto

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

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Subversive Soufflés?

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?”

Suffrage was a pretty new idea in the 1910s, so we wanted to find out some other things that Edwardian Torontonians were just getting used to. Did you know that crossword puzzles were invented in 1913? You can find a whole list of inventions from the 1910s here.FirstCrossword.jpg

In Times Like These: A Canadian Suffragette’s Manifesto

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.

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Their Hearts Were Full of Song

Suffrage Songs and Verses, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1911)

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