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We Shall Persist

Women and the Vote in the Atlantic Provinces

A mapping of the political contexts and problems faced by advocates for women’s suffrage and wider rights in the Atlantic Provinces.

It was only after exhausting campaigns for the Great Cause that women in Atlantic Canada finally won the right to vote and to run for office.

Despite virulent opposition, most regional nonindigenous women won enfranchisement in the immediate post–World War I era. This victory curbed the most blatant political misogyny and paved the way for other rights, such as improved social assistance and access to birth control. Yet progress was uneven and the movement itself was marred by class and racial inequities.

We Shall Persist painstakingly captures the long struggle, years of disappointment, and suffrage victories across Atlantic Canada—all steps in the unfinished march toward gender, race, and class equality.

Table of Contents

1 Suffrage Contexts and Challenges in the Maritimes and Newfoundland
2 Nova Scotia: Steady, Determined, and Strategic Agitation
3 New Brunswick: Early Promise, Sharp Opposition
4 Prince Edward Island: Informal but Consistent Interest
5 Newfoundland: Long and Fierce Opposition
6 The Legacy of Suffrage in Atlantic Canada
Sources and Further Reading; Photo Credits; Index

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