Women's Right to Vote - End of the Suffragette Series

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 11th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I have previously written about women not being persons under the law. This series is about the women's suffragette movement in Britain and the USA. This article ends the series on suffragettes with the granting of the right to vote in Canada.


When Women were given the right to vote in Canada

Nurses who were serving in World War I were exclusively given the right to vote in the federal election.

As early as 1917, women who were British subjects were allowed to vote in the federal election on behalf of their husbands or close relations (not themselves) who were off at war.

Women of color denied the right to vote

Still, foreign-born subjects or naturalized as citizens who became citizens as early as 1902 (a period of 15 years as a citizen before) were denied the vote.

Conscientious objectors were also denied the right to vote.

By 1918, white women could vote in a federal election and by 1920 they could hold public office. (For more info on that see article, When Women Were Not Considered to be Persons).

Most women of colour: Black, Chinese etc did not get the right to vote until the 1940s.

The right of all Canadian women to vote

Believe it or not, full right to vote was never granted to Canadian women until 1960.

The reason for that is because not all the provinces had given women the right to vote on the provincial level. Women could hold public office on the federal level; yet, still did not have the right to vote everywhere in Canada!

Manitoba gave women the right to vote in 1915. The campaign to bring this about was headed by Mrs. Amelia Burritt, a 94-year-old woman!

Quebec only gave women the right to vote in 1940.

When it comes to all women in Canada, it took until 1960 for that to happen. Native women were the last to gain the right to vote. “Native women covered by the Indian Act were prohibited by federal legislation from voting for band councils until 1951, and in federal elections until 1960.”

When we think that Canada is one of the most progressive countries in the world today. It is hard to reconcile that women only got the right to vote globally in the 1960s.

Links to previous articles in the series

Suffragettes were the early champions of women's rights:

British Suffragettes of the early 20th Century

Suffragettes:Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Stokes Paul,Lucy Burns;Carrie Chapman Catt, Julie Ward Howe

All photos taken from the public domain

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author avatar Retired
12th Mar 2015 (#)

Excellent historic post! I am so grateful we have rights too!

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Mar 2015 (#)

As a Canadian I had no idea that all women couldn't vote until 1960! I know that Newfoundland women voted in 1949 when the decision was made to become a province of Canada and in future elections after that. I am learning a lot here. Blessings.

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