Voting Rights for Women

1921-1960
Nellie McClung by Cyril Jessop. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Nellie McClung by Cyril Jessop. Source: Library and Archives Canada.

While it wasn't until the 1921 that some women were granted the right to vote and not until 1960 that all Canadian women had the right to vote in federal elections, Macdonald was the first national leader in the world to propose voting rights for women. In 1885, Sir John A. began to advocate for the enfranchisement of some women by proposing the broadening of the legal definition of "persons" to include some women (those owning sufficient property). "I am strongly of that opinion, and have been for a good many years, and I had hoped that Canada would have the honour of first placing women in the position she is certain, eventually, after centuries of oppression, to obtain…of completely establishing her equality as a human being and as a member of society with man."