Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, QC
Just under 100 years ago Canadian women achieved a significant milestone. In January 1916, the province of Manitoba granted women the right to vote in provincial elections. Women in Saskatchewan and Alberta followed shortly afterwards.
Gaining the vote was just one moment in a long history of women’s achievements. And while their stories didn’t often appear in the history books their contributions range from the daily struggle for life as early settlers to the fight to have women recognized as persons under the law.
The anniversary of women’s suffrage in Canada provides an opportunity to look back on the lives of these exceptional women and, by sharing their stories of perseverance and determination, inspire young Canadian women today.
Lawrence Hill has dedicated his life to learning, to teaching, and to helping. Through his efforts, Canadians have gained a better understanding of our shared history, and of the Black experience in particular.
Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of nine acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Her most recent bestseller is The Massey Murder. A former Chair of the Board of Canada’s National History Society, she is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Jean Barman is professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia. Her books, edited volumes, articles, and book chapters on Canadian, British Columbian, and indigenous history have won more than a dozen Canadian and American awards.
Dominique Deslandres is a full professor in the Department of History at the Université de Montréal. In 2003, she published Croire et faire croire. Les missions françaises au XVIIe siècle, which garnered numerous awards, including the Canadian Historical Society's Sir John A. Macdonald Prize.
Rose Fine-Meyer teaches in the Masters of Teaching program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on history education in Canada. She also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History (2007).