Nellie McClung

By Howard L

Introduction To Nellie McClung

Nellie McClung was born on the 20th of October, 1873, in Chatsworth Ontario. She was a political activist, suffragist and a reformer for the women’s rights, and later became a legislator from her success. Nellie McClung was a real hero, she showed courage and perseverance for what she was fighting for, the right for women to have to vote, she gave a voice to the voiceless.

About Nellie

Nellie McClung was an active citizen that made large movements in the women's rights reformer. Nellie McClung was a very good writer, she published books that became very well known. Her fame in the books, and the knowledge about the issues of women's rights, helped her in becoming an outstanding and captivating speaker that won many audiences. This helped to raise civic awareness and understanding for the problems that many Canadian families were facing, like alcohol abuse, inequality to women etc. Annie McClung inspired Nellie, which led her into the Women's Christian Temperance Union. It had helped Nellie gain awareness of her own community, and gain commitment into this issue, because she knew the problems that may arise with issues of liquor, and inequality for women.

Nellie McClung was aware of these issues, and knew the consequences if she didn't act, so she stepped up and wanted to make change. Nellie McClung played the leading role in the liberal campaign in 1914 against the conservatives, that were against women's suffrage. She was also the leader of the Women's parliament, which raised a lot of awareness for women's reforming movement. She used satire, and portrayed the premier, and mocked him for dismissing the women's suffrage.

Achievements in Her Lifetime

  • In 1916, Manitoba became the first province in Canada that gave women the right to vote.
  • By 1919, Every women throughout Canada gained suffrage, except Quebec which happened later in 1940,
  • In 1927, the Famous Five was formed, and they made the "person's case", which then allowed women to appoint to senate.