The Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote
By A Correspondent
100 years ago, on January 28, 1916, the province of Manitoba granted women the right to vote in provincial elections. Women in Saskatchewan and Alberta followed shortly afterwards.
In honour of the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote, Manitoba ‘s Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross proclaimed January, “Women's Equality Month.”
In other provinces: in Ontario, it was in 1917, in Nova Scotia in 1918 , in New Brunswick in 1919 , in Prince Edward Island in 1922, and in Quebec in 1940.
Women got the federal vote in three stages: the Military Voters Act of 1917 allowed nurses and women in the armed services to vote; the Wartime Election Act extended the vote to women who had husbands, sons or fathers serving overseas; and all women over 21 were allowed to vote as of January 1, 1919.
Status Aboriginal women were excluded from political activities related to local Band governments until 1951, when amendments to the federal Indian Act removed barriers to women's right to vote or hold office in Bands. Aboriginal women were allowed to vote in federal elections in 1960, when Ottawa finally extended the franchise to all Aboriginal people, men and women.
“The Royal Canadian Mint is marking a century”, writes Laura Payton in Macleans.
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