Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in Canada

Sometimes, it’s easy to take for granted the amazing democratic privileges and rights that we have here in Canada.  Over the next couple of months, we have the perfect opportunity to reflect on the struggles that early 20th Century women made on our behalf.

January 28, 2016 is the 100th anniversary of Manitoba women being granted the right to vote.  The provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan followed in the next few months, with Alberta women achieving the right to vote in April of 1916.

There are many places in our Alberta Social Studies curriculum to discuss women’s rights and the advancements that have been made over the past century.  In addition to learning about a citizen’s right to vote, students study the Famous Five and their fight to have women recognized as “Persons” under Canadian law, with the ability to hold a seat in the Canadian Senate.  We study how citizens participate in decision making and recognize the rights of everyone in a democracy. Secondary school provides more opportunities to learn about Canadians’ rights and freedoms and appreciate our unique Canadian identity.

We’ve pulled together some great teacher resources and articles about the women’s suffrage movement here in Canada. Visit: Special Edition: The Centennial of Women's Suffrage in Canada 
Let us know if you have other favourites to use with your students.