The ideas of the Canadian suffragists, 1890-1920

by Carol L. Bacchi-Ferraro

Institution: McGill University
Department: Department of History.
Degree: MA.
Year: 1971
Keywords: History.
Record ID: 1540667
Full text PDF: http://digitool.library.mcgill.ca/thesisfile127694.pdf


This thesis is an introduction to the ideas and attitudes of some of the women who participated in the Canadian campaign for woman's suffrage. The first chapter outlines briefly the activities of the suffragists and examines the reaction to the suffrage question of two representative women's organizations. Chapter II contains the arguments for and against woman's suffrage together with an ideological study of these arguments. The third chapter examines the suffragists' attitude toward the woman's role in society. Chapters IV and V deal with the suffragists’ tactics, the attitudes of their political allies, and the suffragists' reaction to World War 1. Al though the woman's cause in Canada attracted no widespread following, the suffragists' ideas represent an important segment of the intellectual history of the period (1890-1920).