Women's Rights in Canada 1900-1960 (law project)

Timeline created by qush5476
  • Married Women's Rights (Property)

    Married Women's Rights (Property)
    Married women in Manitoba now can purchase property after being married, as well as when a woman gets married their property no longer belong to their husband. This is very important for women because this makes them more of their own person. Since they no longer give up the property they already own and can buy property after being married it gives them more freedom. Previously married women would have to ask her husband to purchase any property that she wanted to purchase.
  • Married Women's Rights (Property) 2

    Married Women's Rights (Property) 2
    PEI joins Ontario and Manitoba giving married women property rights, and the same legal capacity as men. This means that they do not belong to their husband anymore, which is huge for women's rights. This means that when a woman gets married she is still her own person as opposed to being her husband’s property. Giving them far more Independence.
  • Married Women's Rights (Property) 3

    Married Women's Rights (Property) 3
    Saskatchewan joins the rest of Canada and gives women the same legal rights as men. Meaning that when a woman gets married property is now shared between both the husband and the wife. This is very important because before it all would belong to the husband.
  • Women Can Vote (Manitoba)

    Women Can Vote (Manitoba)
    Women are given the right to vote in Manitoba. This is huge for women, as voting is a quintessential function of a person in Canada. Voting means that you have a say in what happens in your country, and now that women have the ability to vote this (in my mind) makes them a true person of Canada as they can now have some control of the country. Called the Equal Suffrage Statutory Law Amendment Act.
  • Women Can Vote (Saskatchewan)

    Women Can Vote (Saskatchewan)
    Saskatchewan becomes the second province to give women the right to vote. Continuing to drastically increase the rights for women across the country. Voting is a vital part of being a Canadian person, this makes women more independent, and gives them their own say as opposed to just their husbands. If this continues to spread across the country the political parties will change drastically. The reason for this is that they now have to get the votes of the women of Canada, as well as the men.
  • Women Can Vote (Alberta)

    Women Can Vote (Alberta)
    Alberta is now the third province in Canada allowing women to vote. Since women don't necessarily want the same thing from the government that men do this means that the parties will most likely change a few policies as well as focus on some issues that mostly involve women.
  • Women Can Vote (British Columbia)

    Women Can Vote (British Columbia)
    Just over a year after the original movement, B.C. becomes the forth province to grant women the right to vote. This is very important because women like Nellie McClung had been working very hard to get this right for women and now they have it. Bringing women a step closer to men in society.
  • Women Can Vote (Ontario)

    Women Can Vote (Ontario)
    5 days after B.C. women can now vote in Ontario, since a very large portion of Canada's population lives in Ontario this is very important since that means that this affect a larger amount of women than any other province. It is also important because this makes the 5th government in about a year's time to allow women to vote, which means that the country is very serious about equalizing women’s rights to men.
  • Women Can Vote (Nova Scotia)

    Women Can Vote (Nova Scotia)
    Nova Scotia is the first province out east to allow women to vote, and run for office. This is very important because it means that men no longer control the world of politics. This way women will have more of an influence in parliament. However they most likely will not get in for a few years. Just because it's now legal, that doesn't mean everyone likes of accepts it yet.
  • Federal Government Gives Women Voting Rights

    Federal Government Gives Women Voting Rights
    The Canadian Government finally follows suit and gives women the right to vote. However Asian and aboriginal women are not included in this ruling. This very important for the women of Canada however since aboriginal and Asian women cannot vote this still has some issues. Although now that Caucasian women can vote, it is assumed that others will be able to vote soon.
  • Women Can Vote (New Brunswick)

    Women Can Vote (New Brunswick)
    New Brunswick continues the trend of provinces allowing women to vote and run for office, which continues the steps forwards in women's rights. This is important because the support behind women's rights continues to grow, and voting is a key right in society.
  • Women Can Vote (P.E.I.)

    Women Can Vote (P.E.I.)
    3 years after British Columbia gives women the right to vote Prince Edward Island continues the trend as it becomes the eighth province in Canada to give women the right to vote.
  • Married Women's Rights (Property)4

    Married Women's Rights (Property)4
    22 years after Manitoba gave women equal legal rights to men, Alberta does the same. Meaning that after getting married you don’t lose all your Canadian rights anymore, which is a very important step for women's rights. The fact that this is 22 years after Manitoba first did it in 1900 is worrying, because if it took them this long to adopt something as simple as property rights, how long will it take them to agree to other things? However the fact that this is now a Canada wide right is huge.
  • Women NOT defined as "persons"

    Women NOT defined as "persons"
    The supreme court rules that women do not technically qualify as persons under the BNA act. This is a terrible setback for women because even though they can vote in many provinces and have equal legal rights. Many think these rights should make them persons, however the supreme court ruled otherwise.
  • Privy Council Rules Women are "Persons"

    Privy Council Rules Women are "Persons"
    After being ruled in the Supreme Court of Canada that women are not "persons" under the BNA act. The ruling was appealed to the British Privy Council and they ruled against the Supreme Court. Women can now vote everywhere (except Quebec), be appointed to senate, and run for office. This is a HUGE step for women's rights, because even though they were gaining rights slowly, being officially declared a person makes it much more real.
  • Equal Pay for Women (Ontario)

    Equal Pay for Women (Ontario)
    Ontario becomes the first province to put in place the Fair Employment Practices Act, and the Female Employee's Fair Remuneration Act. These are very important because these acts state that women cannot be put into "dead-end" jobs on purpose just because they are women. Also, women would be paid equal to men for work of equal value. This is a huge step forward for parity between women and men, and a huge step forward for women’s rights.
  • Equal Pay for Women (Saskatchewan)

    Equal Pay for Women (Saskatchewan)
    Equal pay for women continues to spread across Canada, this is very important because this means that women will begin to be able to more easily provide for their family, rather than the husband doing all the work. Or if the woman were a widow they could provide for the family in the father's absence.
  • Equal Pay for Women (Federal)

    Equal Pay for Women (Federal)
    The federal government gives women rights of equal pay to men 5 years after Ontario first did it. Now that the federal government has taken on the Female Employee's Fair Remuneration Act this makes it more official and gives women more confidence of more parity to come between men and women.
  • Equal Pay for Women (Manitoba)

    Equal Pay for Women (Manitoba)
    On the same day as the federal government Manitoba adopts the Fair Employment Practices Act and the Female Employee's Fair Remuneration Act. This gave women in Manitoba to not be paid less than men for jobs of equal work.
  • Equal Pay for Women (Alberta)

    Equal Pay for Women (Alberta)
    Alberta adopts the Female Employee's Fair Remuneration Act, stating that women should be paid equal for equal amounts of work. While this will not completely abolish the massive discrepancy between men and women's pay, it will help to lower the margin.
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