Tiana T.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver Heritage Fair

Nellie McClung

My project is on Nellie McClung, who was born in 1873 and died in 1951. She was a Canadian women who changed women's rights, and made women's rights fair. But, she didn't do it alone! She was in a group called the Famous Five, and it was a group made up of five Canadian women. I had lots of fun doing this project, and I learned a lot from it. Please enjoy!


What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing that I learned about my topic is that back then, women were treated unfairly, and they didn't get the same rights as men did. I found that that was unbelievably insane, because there are a lot of women who are very successful in politics, like Christie Clark. Without Nellie McClung and the Famous Five (the Canadian group that she was in that fought for women's rights), women would not be treated the same way that they are treated today.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

The important lessons that I learned were that Nellie McClung was Canadian, and she was one of the people who made the rights for women to vote and to be involved in law possible. I also learned that women should have the same rights as men, and they can do whatever men can do, and I also think that we should stop thinking stereotypically, saying that men are better and stronger than women. Never underestimate what women can do, they can really make a change in our world!

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I would say that personally, I would feel just like how Nellie McClung did, but not as honest, brave, and bold like she was. The lives back then (of women) must have been miserable, leaving them feeling like they were not wanted.