Although sitting as an opposition minority party member, she staunchly supported any reform legislation introduced by the government. All her life Nellie took a strong interest in the welfare of human beings. Nellie Letitia McClung 1873-1951 was a Canadian suffragist, social reformer, legislator, and author. Nellie was first introduced to the feminist movement by a woman named Annie McClung. Her popular appeal was as strong in the United States as it was at home. I want to be a peaceful, happy, normal, human being, pursuing my unimpeded way through life, never having to explain, defend, or apologize for my sex. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats of this page on the page.
The huge union also pushed for the right of women to vote in political elections as a way to gain support toward the prohibition goal. Those of us, who are parents of sons and daughters with developmental disabilities fear the return of eugenics thinking. In Canada it quickly became a best seller. Nellie was the author of Sowing Seeds in Danny her first novel which made quite a bit of money. This decision affected all countries in the British Empire and McClung and her friends rejoiced! To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the. The Books of Author Nellie McClung Nellie: Activist, Suffragette, and Author.
Aha, it seems there was some family influence in both her literary and political careers! For the first time I knew I had the power of speech. Unfortunately in 1926 she was defeated in an election. No special action is required regarding these talk page notices, other than using the archive tool instructions below. This city is home to an immense amount of natural beauty with many rivers, streams, scenic waterfalls and forests. Jacques is a good friend and wise philosopher who sees the deeper patterns of logic and contradictions amidst our popular beliefs and positions. Works Cited McClung, Nellie In Times Like These University of Toronto Press, Toronto: 1972.
In a hilarious stage presentation of a women's parliament approached by a delegation of men seeking the vote, McClung's devastating mimicry of the pompous Roblin was credited with opening the eyes of many to the absurdity of the arguments against women's suffrage. This was not commonly seen among girls in her time. This article has been rated as Mid-importance on the project's. She was also active in, among others, the Canadian Authors Association, the Canadian Women's Press Club, the Methodist Church of Canada and the Calgary Women's Literary Club. We may also think of women like Dr. Others argue that the great Tommy Douglas wrote his Masters thesis supporting the sterilization of people with mental or intellectual handicaps.
This story was the basis for McClung's first novel, Sowing Seeds in Danny, which became a national best seller. The eugenics movement was and is a scientific attempt to justify the exclusion and control of people deemed to be morally and intellectually unfit. For instructions on how to use this banner, please refer to the. Although sitting as an opposition minority party member, she staunchly supported any reform legislation introduced by the government. Yes, she was a best-selling author in addition to being a reformer and suffragist.
She later moved with her family to a homestead in the Souris Valley of Manitoba. The same year McClung won election as a Liberal member of the Provincial Legislature of Alberta. As for what happened next, my Nellie project partner Resa will tell you soon. Please take a moment to review. Even after her death women and men are both equal. Nellie worked hard to get the vote for women.
Some criticized her support of the traditional family structure, but most credited her advancement of the feminist cause in her day and her recognition of the need for further progress: particularly economic independence of women. This desire, combined with her true activist nature, Christian faith and sense of duty, meshed perfectly with the social and moral reform movements arising in the West in the early 1900s and produced one of Canada's great social activists. She married at the age of 23 in a Presbyterian Church in Wawanesa, Manitoba. Many of her shorter works were published as collections. This link between intelligence and morality is the basis of eugenics. One of the most prominent social scientists was Dr.
I've spent some time googling around and not found it anywhere else. She wanted to open the eyes of Canadians to the sad situation of those among them who were being taken advantage of and unfairly treated. She was a prominent speaker for the Liberal Party in the Manitoba provincial elections of 1914 and 1915. McClung, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Toronto: 1993. Her favorite reading was a set of books by the great English novelist, Charles Dickens.