Womens Rights in Canada since 1900

  • Women's right to property, Winnipeg

    Before this act, women who married had to give all their property legally to their husband. The Married Women's Property Act S.M. 1900, c.27, abolished this law, entitling women to their own property. The saying "What's mine is mine and what's yours is yours." finally came into play. This was created in 1884.
  • Women's property rights, PEI

    Married women in PEI are now able to keep their own property.
  • Women's right to property, Regina

    Women in Regina, Saskatchewan are now able to keep their property when they marry.
  • Securing the vote for women

    Securing the vote for women
    Nellie McClung, Emily Murphy, Ada Powers, Josephine Dandurand, and Elizabeth Smith Shortt "lobbied, cajoled, heckled, and ridiculed politicians for denying them their rights." In 1916 Manitoba amends its Election Act granting women the right to vote. Soon after WWI, white women over the age of 21 gained to right to vote federally.
  • Women vote in Saskatchewan

    An Act to amend the Saskatchewan Election Act grants women the right to vote in Saskatchewan.
  • Securing the vote for women

    White women over the age of 21 now have the right to vote in Alberta
  • Securing the vote for women

    Caucasian women in B.C are now allowed to vote.
  • Securing the vote for women

    Ontario finally grants women the right to vote.
  • Securing the vote for women

    Women in Nova Scotia can now vote.
  • Securing the vote for women

    Women in New Brunswick can now vote.
  • Equality and Justice

    The Dominion Elections Act recognizes that every eligible Canadian over 21 - male or female can vote in federal elections. Unfortunately, this does not include Aboriginal peoples, Inuit or anyone barred from a provincial voters' list including Asians and Hindus.
  • What's yours is yours and what's mine is mine.

    Edmonton grant women the right to keep their property when they marry.
  • Securing the vote for women

    PEI finally grant women the right to vote, becoming the 10th government to do so.
  • Women considered as "Persons"

    By this time, despite all the positive acts to consider women equal, a female has still not been appointed to the Senate. Does the word "persons" in section 24 of the British North America Act, 1867, include females? The supreme court decided that it didn't. However, in October 18 1929, the British council decided that women are considered "persons"
  • Securing the vote for women

    Quebec becomes the last province to allow women to vote as eligible candidates.
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    The Universal Declaration affirms that everyone is entitled to fundamental rights without regard to distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, or other status.
  • Female Employee's Fair Remuneration Act

    This act addresses the common practice of paying women - who were often relegated to " dead-end" jobs - less than their male colleagues. Simply put, the act seeks to provide women with equal pay for work of equal value.
  • Equal pay rights

    Equal pay for women is intorduced in Saskatchewan.
  • Equal pay for women

    Equal pay is introduced in B.C
  • Equal Pay

    Introduced in Manitoba
  • Equal pay

    Introduced in Nova Scotia
  • Female Employee's Equal Pay Act

    The federal Cabinet makes a declaration of equal wages. The government creates a policy wherein women are entitled to be paid the same wage as men for similar work. In other words, the Female Employees Equal Pay Act makes discrimination in wages on account of sex against the law.
  • Advancing human rights

    Completing the trend that began in Manitoba in 1900, the Civil Code is amended to give married women full legal and property rights. Fair employment legislation prohibits discrimination in hiring or employment against persons due to race, colour, creed, ethnicity, or national origin. The new legislation is part of a shift towards greater protection of human rights across the country.
  • Harassment as a form of discrimination

    Dianna Janzen and Tracy Govereau were waitresses at a resturant where the cook was verbally abusive, and he grabbed the waitresses in rude and inappropriate ways. When Dianna and Tracy resisted his sexual advances, he told them to shut up or be fired. Dianna quit and Tracy was fired because of her "attitude". They filed complaints which found their way to the SCC. The question presented was "Is sexual harassment a form of sex discrimination?" The court answered yes.
  • Enforcing employment equity

    Despite advancements in women's rights, the Canadian National Railway Company hired very few women. In 1987, women made up only 0.7 per cent of CNR's unskilled work force even though they represented 41 percent of Canada's labour force. A tribunal ordered CNR to start an employment equity program. CNR refused and appealed its case to the Supreme Court of Canada. The result was them getting de-railed.