VIEW-3934 | Parliament Buildings, Fredericton, NB, probably 1905

Parliament Buildings, Fredericton, NB, probably 1905
Wm. Notman & Son
Probably 1905, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

In the 1890s Maritime women's organizations began the long struggle for the right to vote in provincial and federal elections. Early in that decade, the women of Nova Scotia came within one vote of earning the suffrage, and feminists believed their struggle was nearly won. They were wrong. It would not be until nearly the end of the First World War, in 1918, that Maritime women gained the right to vote in federal elections. Later that same year women in Nova Scotia were granted the provincial franchise; women in New Brunswick gained the right to vote in 1919, and women in Prince Edward Island in 1922.

E.R. Forbes and D.A. Muise, The Atlantic Provinces in Confederation (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993), 224.

  • What

    The women's suffrage movement in Canada was a national movement composed of hundreds of different organizations. The movement was orchestrated by national associations such as the National Council of Women of Canada and the Women's Christian Temperance Union.

  • Where

    Women right across Canada joined the struggle for the right to vote.

  • When

    The fight for votes for women spanned several decades, beginning in the 1870s and continuing until 1940 in Quebec.

  • Who

    Most of the women who participated in the suffrage movement were white middle-class women.