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Nellie McClung (suffragette)

Nellie McClung

Nellie McClung was a Canadian feminist, politician, and social activist.

Between 1904 and 1911, Nellie McClung, her husband and five children lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The women's rights movement in Winnipeg embraced her. An effective speaker with a sense of humor, she played a leading role in the successful Liberal campaign in 1914.

Her great causes were women's suffrage and temperance. It was largely through her efforts that in 1916 Manitoba became the first province to give women the right to vote and to run for public office. The Government of Canada followed suit that same year.

After moving to Edmonton, Alberta, she continued the campaign for suffrage. She championed dental and medical care for school children, married women's property rights, mothers' allowances, factory safety legislation and many other reforms.