"NICE WOMEN DON'T WANT THE VOTE"

Jan 19, 2015

By Andy Johnson

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On January 28, 1916, Manitoba became the first Canadian province to extend the vote to women when its legislature amended the Manitoba Election Ac. To celebrate the 100th anniversary, the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg is organizing a traveling exhibition called “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote” To that end, the museum is seeking contributions from across the country. The museum’s curator of history says social and political movements don’t leave many objects behind. Roland Sawatzky says banners, flags and pamphlets tend to be thrown away when a movement either succeeds or fades. He says the museum is interested in those artifacts, but also wants everyday objects that are in some way connected to the suffragist movement, like dresses or pens or even shoes. The exhibit is slated to open at the museum in this November. It will then travel across Manitoba for eight months before going on view at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa starting November of 2016.

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