A greater sisterhood: the Women’s Rights struggle in Canada

“Women are going to form a chain, a greater sisterhood than the world has ever known.”
Nellie McClung, 1916

In the mid-1800s, Canadian women became engaged in a wide range of reform movements. As they fought to abolish slavery, promote temperance in alcohol consumption, and improve conditions for their families and communities, they realized that getting the vote would help them to achieve their goals, which included advancing their own status as citizens. Women in Canada won the vote in small steps. The women featured in this exhibit overcame barriers to their full participation in the economic, political, and social life of Canada, helping to make it a more inclusive and democratic country.

Learn more about this seasonal exhibit
Location: Plaza Bridge (corner Elgin and Wellington), Ottawa
Until October 28, 2016

An exhibition created by Canadian Heritage and Library and Archives Canada.

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