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A Liberal-Labour Lady

The Times and Life of Mary Ellen Spear Smith

A biography of Mary Ellen Spear Smith, the British Empire’s first female cabinet member.
Mary Ellen Spear Smith (1863–1933), the first female cabinet minister in the British Empire, left a significant and complex legacy. A miner’s daughter, Smith pioneered the women’s suffrage movement in Canada and campaigned on behalf of a nascent labor movement in parliament, even as she embraced the white supremacy and bourgeois ideals of the Empire. Through the story of this intrepid politician, A Liberal-Labour Lady captures the uneven struggle for justice in turn-of-the-century Canada.

264 pages | 25 line drawings | 6 x 9

Biography and Letters

Women's Studies

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