Who is Nellie McClung?

Word on the street by Jane Hobson
Posted on: March 10, 2017

Jane Hobson

March 8 was International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day that brings awareness to the fact that a serious gender gap still exists. The World Economic Forum predicts that parity won’t be reached until 2186. This year’s IWD theme is #BeBoldforChange. March is also Women’s History Month. While there are many bold women in history, we thought it fitting to talk to folks about Nellie McClung, a Canadian feminist, politician and social activist who campaigned for women to be able to vote in the early 1900s. Thanks to McClung, Manitoba became the first province in Canada to grant women the vote in January 1916. More than 100 years later, we can thank McClung for women’s right to vote in Canada.

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First published on the March issue of Hometown News