This is a wonderful book about the history of women and the vote in Canada. It is hard to believe that so much positive has changed for women. But it sure did take a long time!
The achievement of the vote in 1918 is often celebrated as a triumphant moment in the onward, upward advancement of Canadian women, a moment symbolized by famous suffragists such as Nellie McClung and famous events such as the Winnipeg Mock Parliament.
In this book, acclaimed historian Joan Sangster looks beyond the shiny rhetoric of anniversary celebrations and Heritage Minutes to show that the struggle for equality included gains and losses, inclusion and exclusion, depending on a woman’s race, class, and location.
Beginning with debates by anti-slavery advocate Mary Shadd Cary in the 1950s and ending with Indigenous women’s struggle to gain the vote in the 1950s and 1960s, Sangster travels back in time to tell a new, more inclusive story for a new generation.
The history of the vote offers vital insights into the political life, exposing not only the fissures of inequality that cut deep into our country’s past but also their weaknesses in the face of resistance, optimism, and protest. It is an inspiring legacy that resonates to this day.
I loved this book from start to finish!