Did you know that, in 1875, Grace Annie Lockhart graduated from Mount Allison University as the first woman to receive a degree in any British Empire country? Or that the Women's Labour League was formed in 1920, calling for equal pay, maternity care, and birth control? Or that it wasn't until 1949 that all Black, Japanese, Chinese, and South Asian Canadian women had the right to vote federally? And until 1960, Indigenous women could only vote if they gave up their status? Did you know that in 2008, Shannon Koostachin, a 13-year-old girl from Attawapiskat First Nation, helped lead a rally to Parliament Hill that galvanized the movement for safe schools for Indigenous communities across Canada? These are only a few of the fascinating facts about Canadian women who have—for much longer than 150 years—helped to shape this country.
About the author
Margie Wolfe has worked in feminist book publishing for almost forty years. She has co-edited several book collections including Still Ain't Satisfied: Canadian Feminism Today, No Safe Place: Violence Against Women and Children, Found Treasures: Stories by Yiddish Women Writers, and From Memory to Transformation: Jewish Women’s Voices. She and three other women founded Second Story Feminist Press in 1988.
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