Jenna Winnipeg, Manitoba
Red River Heritage FairProject:
This project gives an overview of Nellie McClung's life. It was focused on events such as the Person's Case and Nellie McClung being elected to the Alberta Legislature.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
I learned that without Nellie McClung, women like me may have not been allowed to vote today. We also may not have been allowed to run for senate. I learned that Nellie McClung helped give women the rights we have today.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I learned through studying Nellie McClung that perseverance and courage are two character traits that can have a big impact on what you do. If Nellie McClung had not had this courage and perseverance, she would not have accomplished what she did. Today, we need to be courageous in what we do, whether it is sharing what we believe with others or fighting for the rights of others.
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
Nellie McClung did not have the right to vote and was not considered a person. Woman were looked down upon when Nellie McClung lived. Today I have the right to vote, I am considered a person and I am not looked down upon because I am a woman.