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Our Voices Must Be Heard

Women and the Vote in Ontario

In 1844, seven widows dared to cast ballots in an election in Canada West, a display of feminist effrontery that was quickly punished: the government struck a law excluding women from the vote. It would be seven decades before women regained voting rights in Ontario. Our Voices Must Be Heard explores Ontario’s suffrage history, examining its ideals and failings, its daring supporters and thunderous enemies, and its blind spots on matters of race and class. It looks at how and why suffragists from around the province joined an international movement they called “the great cause.”

This is the second volume in the seven-part Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy series.

Table of Contents


1 Women’s Rights in Indigenous and Colonial Ontario

2 Origins of Feminist Thought and Action

3 Early Legislative Victories and Defeats

4 Waking Up to the Power

5 Resisting a Revolution

6 Victory amid Discord and War


Sources and Further Reading; Index

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