To Be Equals in Our Own Country: Women and the Vote in Quebec (Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy) (Paperback)

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“When the history of suffrage is written, the role played by our politicians will cut a sad figure beside that of the women they insulted.” Speaking in 1935, feminist Idola Saint-Jean captured the bitter nature of Quebec women’s fight for enfranchisement—which they had to wage until 1940—as religious authorities weighed what they stood to gain or lose and politicians showed open disdain during debates. This passionate yet even-handed account is filled with vivid characters and pivotal events on the road to suffrage in the province. It examines Quebec women’s participation in provincial and municipal politics since winning the vote and compares women’s struggle to that in other countries. An astute exploration of suffrage, To Be Equals in Our Own Country treats enfranchisement—and the legal, social, and economic rights that stem from it—as a fundamental question of human rights.
 

About the Author


Denyse Baillargeon is a professor of history at the Université de Montréal. She is the author of A Brief History of Women in Quebec, Babies for the Nation: The Medicalization of Motherhood in Quebec, 1910–1970, and Making Do: Women, Family and Home in Montreal during the Great Depression. Käthe Roth has been a literary translator, working mainly in historical nonfiction, for more than twenty-five years.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780774838498
ISBN-10: 0774838493
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication Date: August 31st, 2020
Pages: 232
Series: Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy

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