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UBC Press Fall 2018 Trade Catalogue, featuring selections from our distributed publishers

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Our Voices Must Be Heard
Women and the Vote in Ontario
By (author): Tarah Brookfield
9780774860192 Hardcover, Dust jacket English General Trade HISTORY / Women Canada Nov 01, 2018
$27.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.75 in | 440 gr 256 pages 16 b&w photos, 10 illus. UBC Press
Alison Prentice Award for Best Book in Ontario Women's and Gender History, Ontario Historical Society 2018, Winner
Our Voices Must Be Heard examines the ideals and failings of Ontario’s suffrage history, its daring supporters and thunderous enemies, and its blind spots on matters of race and class.

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 is an associate professor of history and youth and children’s studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is the author of Cold War Comforts: Canadian Women, Child Safety, and Global Insecurity, a finalist for the Canada Prize for the Social Sciences. She has contributed chapters to edited collections and published articles in journals such as the Canadian Historical Review and the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.

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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