Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy
Series editor: Veronica Strong-Boag
The story of women’s struggles and victories in the pursuit of political equality is not just a matter of the past: it has the value of informing current debate about the health of democracy in our country.
This series of short, insightful books presents a history of the vote, with vivid accounts of famous and unsung suffragists and overdue explanations of why some women were banned from the ballot box until the 1940s and 1960s. More than a celebration of women’s achievements in the political realm, this series provides deeper understanding of Canadian society and politics, serving as a well-timed reminder never to take political rights for granted.
“UBC Press’ series on the history of women’s political participation is a powerful reminder that greater inclusion in our democracy is not a foregone conclusion. Yet as the lessons from these books reveal, politics can and will change when citizens engage, organize and advocate — a truth as applicable today as it was decades ago.”
– Jane Hilderman, Executive Director, Samara Canada
See below for available books in the series. Forthcoming are the following titles:
We Shall Persist: Women and the Vote in the Atlantic Provinces, by Heidi MacDonald
Women and the Vote in British Columbia
The first book on the woman’s suffrage movement in British Columbia, A Great Revolutionary Wave traces the history of the fight for the vote from the 1870s to the 1940s against a backdrop of social reform, international social movements, labour politics, and settler colonialism.
The History of Women and the Vote in Canada
Acclaimed historian Joan Sangster celebrates the 100th anniversary of Canadian women getting the federal vote with a look at the real struggles women faced, depending on their race, class, and location in the nation, in their fight for equality.
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