Heritage Matters

Heritage Matters – Spring 2018

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Heritage Matters 20 Key dates and figures in the women's rights movement in Ontario and Canada 1851 1874 1882 1884 1872 1876 1853 1893 • Women were officially excluded from voting in all Canadian legislative elections in British North America. • The Woman's Christian Temperance Union in Canada formed by Mrs. Mary Doyle in Owen Sound. • Unmarried women who owned property in Ontario could vote in municipal elections. • Unmarried women and widows acquired the right to vote in Ontario. Married women in Ontario and Canada could not own property or hold public office. • The Ontario Legislature passed the Married Women's Property Act, which gave a married woman the right to her own wage earnings free from her husband's control. • Dr. Emily Stowe founded the Toronto Women's Literary Club (became the Canadian Suffrage Association in 1903). • Mary Ann Shadd Cary established the Provincial Freeman newspaper in Windsor. Cary was the first Black woman in North America to publish a newspaper and the first female publisher in Canada to advocate for Black rights. • The women of the British colony of New Zealand vote for the first time, a first for the British Empire. 1. Agnes Macphail 2. Mary Ann Shadd Cary 3. Flora MacDonald Denison 4. Nellie McClung

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