Potential Response Guide: Women and the vote

There is no single set of correct answers to the case study card placement activity in Civic Action: Then and Now. Many cards could comfortably fit in more than one category: the discussion and reasoning are more important than the answers.

However, here is one possible set of responses that may be helpful to teachers.

Participating as an Individual

1

Sign a petition

Individual women and men signed a petition in favour of Manitoba women getting the right to vote.

2

Collect signatures on a petition

Amelia Burritt, age 93, personally collected over 4,000 names on a petition supporting Manitoba women’s right to vote.

3

Write articles for newspapers and magazines

Francis Marion Beynon wrote a regular “women’s page” for the Grain Growers Guide that highlighted equality issues.

4

Donate money to support the cause

Mary Hamble donated funds to the Manitoba Political Equality League, which promoted women’s right to vote.

5

Attend an event

Women and men showed their support for women’s right to vote by attending meetings, rallies, lectures and social events.

Working Together as a Group

1

Create a group of local supporters

The Manitoba Political Equality League was founded to promote equality and obtain the right to vote for women in the province.

2

Join with national organizations

Local women’s groups worked with national organizations such as the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union to help further their cause.

3

Hold group activities

Manitoba women held social events or “Pink Teas” in their homes so women could discuss issues related to the struggle for equality.

4

Build alliances with others

Manitoba women’s groups got support from other organizations, such as the Manitoba Grain Growers Association.

Building Public Support

1

Give public talks

Nellie McClung, a novelist and activist, went on speaking tours to promote her writings and women’s voting rights. 

2

Create a publication

A monthly magazine, Freyja (which means “woman” in Icelandic), was published in Manitoba to educate readers about women’s rights.

3

Take part in public events

The Manitoba Political Equality League set up a booth at the Winnipeg Stampede, where they handed out pamphlets in favour of women getting the vote. 

4

Attract attention through advertising

The Manitoba Political Equality League ordered 100 banners to hang on Winnipeg streetcars as rolling ads.

5

Use humour to get noticed

Women staged a mock parliament with a humorous debate on whether men should have the vote. 

6

Collect signatures on a petition

Women brought petitions to church meetings, family gatherings and fall fairs where they could persuade a lot of people to sign.

Working Through the Political System

1

Speak to the legislature

Leaders of various organizations gave inspiring speeches in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. 

2

Get involved in election campaigns

Women volunteered to help provincial electoral candidates who would, if elected, support women’s voting rights in the legislature.

3

Present a petition

A petition with over 40,000 signatures was presented to the provincial premier to show there was political support for women’s voting rights. 

4

Promote introduction of a bill

Activists convinced Premier Norris to introduce a bill in the Manitoba legislature to extend the vote to women in the province.

5

Contact an elected member

Women contacted all members of the Manitoba legislature to demand that women get the right to vote and to run as provincial candidates.