Women's Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy

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


Available Spring 2018:

One Hundred Years of Struggle: The History of Women and the Vote in Canada, by Joan Sangster


A Great Revolutionary Wave: Women and the Vote in British Columbia, by Lara Campbell

Ours by Every Law of Right and Justice: Women and the Vote in the Prairie Provinces, by Sarah Carter

Our Voices Must Be Heard: Women and the Vote in Ontario, by Tarah Brookfield

To Be Equals in Our Own Country: Women and the Vote in Quebec, by Denyse Baillargeon

We Shall Persist: Women and the Vote in the Atlantic Provinces, by Heidi MacDonald

Working Tirelessly for Change: Indigenous Women and the Vote in Canada, by Lianne Leddy

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One Hundred Years of Struggle

The History of Women and the Vote in Canada

UBC Press

On the eve of celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Canada comes a timely reassessment of everything Canadians thought they knew about the history of women, the vote, and democracy in our nation.

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