We Shall Persist

We Shall Persist

Heidi MacDonald (CA)

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Women in Atlantic Canada won the right to vote and to run for office only after long, vigorous, and exhausting campaigns for the Great Cause. We Shall Persist explores the distinctive political contexts and common problems faced by advocates for women’s suffrage and wider rights in the Maritime provinces and Newfoundland.

Despite virulent opposition in public and at home, most nonindigenous women in the region won enfranchisement in the immediate post–First World War era. This victory curbed the most blatant political misogyny and prepared the way for other rights, such as improved social assistance and access to birth control. Yet progress was uneven and even the movement itself was marked by class and racial inequities.

We Shall Persist captures both the long campaign and the years of disappointment. Suffrage victories across Atlantic Canada were steps in an unfinished march toward full gender, race, and class equality.

Product details

ISBN-13: 9780774863179

Number of pages: 300

Format: Hardback With dust jacket

Imprint: UBC Press

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