Nellie McClung Wins the Vote

In 1918, through the efforts of social reformer Nellie McClung, Canadian women finally received the vote. In 1929, through the activism of Nellie and the “Famous Five“, women were officially declared “persons” in Canada.

Led by judge Emily Murphy, the group included Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney and Irene Parlby.

Together, the five women had many years of active work in various campaigns for women’s rights dating back to the 1880s and 90s and they enjoyed a national and, especially in the case of McClung, an international reputation among reformers.

Despite resistance from Premier R.P. Roblin, the famous suffragette fought for Manitoban women’s right to vote.

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