The 2017 Fall Mallory Lecture, titled “Where was Democracy? The Case of Woman Suffrage in Canada”, will take place on Wednesday, November 1st, and will be given by Veronica Strong-Boag, F.R.S.C. Professor Emerita at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice/Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia.
In 2017, Canadians lament the democratic deficit. That’s nothing new. Democracy has always had a hard time. Federal franchise debates from 1885 to 1920 chronicle that failure. World War One’s enfranchisement of most women signalled the single greatest extension of electoral rights but political power in Canada had barely shifted. As BC Asian and Indigenous voters everywhere would also discover, expanded voters’ lists did not guarantee democracy.
This event is free and open to the public.
As seating is limited, please register by misc.iecm [at] mcgill.ca (subject: 2017%20Fall%20Mallory%20Lecture%20RSVP) (e-mail) or on Eventbrite to secure your seat.
The lecture will be followed by a cocktail reception in the reading room, and will be accompanied by an exhibition to showcase the library’s holdings on women’s political activism and suffrage, as well as the holdings related to Professor Strong-Boag.
Poster image taken from The Grain Growers' Guide, February 26, 1913, Page 10.