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The Last Suffragist Standing

The Life and Times of Laura Marshall Jamieson

The Last Suffragist Standing is an unprecedented study of a pioneering politician, a New Woman who tested Canadian democracy. Laura Marshall Jamieson (1882–1964) was the last suffragist in Canada to be elected to a provincial or federal legislature, and her biography opens a window onto the political and social landscape of her time. She embraced issues such as minimum wage, feminist pacifism, housing, and employment equality throughout her six decades of activism. Strong-Boag’s deep knowledge of the history of the women’s movement and Canadian politics turns this compelling account of a woman’s life into an illuminating work on the history of feminism, socialism, internationalism, and activism in Canada.

284 pages

Table of Contents


1 The Girl from the Saugeen Peninsula, 1882–1911

2 The New Woman as Wife, Suffragist, and Activist, 1911–18

3 Still Bettering the World, 1918–26

4 Widowed Judge and Progressive Activist, 1927–39

5 The Challenge of Electoral Politics, 1927–39

6 Suffragist in the BC Legislature, 1939–41

7 Legislative Veteran, 1941–45

8 Taking on Post-war Misogyny and Vancouver Politics, 1945–64

9 Faithful Social Democrat, 1945–64


Postscript from Four Granddaughters / Dorothy O’Connell, Anne Jamieson, Karen Jamieson, and Marion-Lea Jamieson

Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

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