Women’s right to vote in Canada

In 1916, women in Manitoba achieved the right to vote in provincial elections. This was a milestone in the fight for women's legal and political equality. However, the history of women's voting rights—both before and after 1916—is complex. Answer the questions below to learn more.

1. Women who fought for the right to vote at the beginning of the 20th century were known as Placeholder for the answer.
2. According to The Canadian Encyclopedia, voting rights were granted to Canadian women "in a sporadic fashion." What does this phrase mean?
3. In the first half of the 19th century, the law granted certain property owners the right to vote, regardless of their gender. Some women were therefore Placeholder for the answer to vote, particularly in Lower Canada, until the law was changed to expressly exclude them.
4. Emily Howard Stowe, one of the first female doctors in Canada, established the Toronto Women's Literary Club in 1876. A synonym of "doctor" is Placeholder for the answer.
5. In the 1890s, the leaders of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union supported voting rights for women because they believed that prohibition could be achieved only if women were able to vote. What does the term "prohibition" refer to?
6. In the late 19th and early 20th century, several mock parliaments were held to promote, and raise funds for, women's right to vote. What is a mock parliament?
7. In 1917, the federal government passed the War-time Elections Act, which granted certain women the right to vote. This was done in an effort to increase the number of voters likely to support conscription. What does "conscription" mean?
8. In 1929, Great Britain's Judicial Committee of the Privy Council Placeholder for the answer that women were "qualified persons," which meant they could be appointed to the Senate.
9. Thérèse Casgrain spearheaded the suffragette movement in Quebec. A synonym of "spearheaded" is Placeholder for the answer.
10. Placeholder for the answer is a formal word meaning "the right to vote."