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AVAILABLE EXPERT – 100th anniversary of women's right to vote

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Queen's University expert Brynn Harlock is available to comment on the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Manitoba. Manitoba was the first province to expand the franchise to include women, coming into force on January 28, 1916, followed shortly thereafter by Saskatchewan and Alberta. The federal government extended the franchise in 1918.

"While these efforts were a great success in gaining participation in the political process, the campaign carried out by Nellie McClung and other Manitoban women was also a feat in exemplary political organizing," says Ms. Harlock. "These women secured financing, made alliances, and advertised effectively, taking advantage of prairie populism and the rising temperance movement to achieve their aims." 

"While it is tempting to adopt a “how far we’ve come approach,” however, it is important to remember that this was a suffrage movement of white movement, founded on the exclusion (and sometimes active disenfranchisement) of racialized women. We must remember that most women of colour were denied the right to vote until the 1940s, or that Indigenous women were prevented from voting until 1960. Voting rights in Canada, therefore, have always communicated a larger message regarding citizenship and inclusion in conceptualizations of the 'Canadian public'."

Brynn Harlock is a graduate student at Queen’s University and co-chair of the Ontario New Democratic Youth. She has appeared on CTV’s Race to the Hill and True North Politics panels, and is a passionate advocate for women’s and youth engagement in politics.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer Chris Armes (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.caat Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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