In 1844, seven widows dared to cast ballots in an election in Canada West, a display of feminist effrontery that was quickly punished: the government struck a law excluding women from the vote. It would be seven decades before women regained voting rights in Ontario. Our Voices Must Be Heard explores Ontario’s suffrage history, examining its ideals and failings, its daring supporters and thunderous enemies, and its blind spots on matters of race and class. It looks at how and why suffragists from around the province joined an international movement they called “the great cause.”
This is the second volume in the seven-part Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy series.
Tarah Brookfield is an associate professor of history and youth and children’s studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is the author of Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety, and Global Insecurity, a finalist for the Canada Prize for the Social Sciences. She has contributed chapters to edited collections and published articles in journals such as the Canadian Historical Review and the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.