In 1844, seven widows dared to cast ballots in an election in Canada West, a display of feminist effrontery that was quickly punished: the government struck a law excluding women from the vote. It would be seven decades before women regained voting rights in Ontario. Our Voices Must Be Heard explores Ontario’s suffrage history, examining its ideals and failings, its daring supporters and thunderous enemies, and its blind spots on matters of race and class. It looks at how and why suffragists from around the province joined an international movement they called “the great cause.”
This is the second volume in the seven-part Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy series.
Tarah Brookfield paints a vivid picture of the multi-generational tenacity that was required to disrupt the narrow, patronizing view of women’s place in Canadian society. Our Voices Must Be Heard also does a great service to our understanding of the suffrage movement by telling us about the voices excluded from it – particularly those of Indigenous, Black, and low-income women. - Jennifer Ditchburn, award-winning parliamentary correspondent and editor-in-chief of Policy Options
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