Margaret Benedictsson was born in Iceland in 1866. She immigrated to North Dakota in 1887 but soon after moved to Manitoba, where she studied typing and shorthand. In 1892 she married Sigfus B. Benedictsson, a writer and publisher. In 1902 they moved to Winnipeg. In 1898 they had begun to publish Freyja, which was a literary paper and also advocated votes for women. After the departure of Amelia Yeomans in 1893, the fight for women’s suffrage was carried on mainly by Icelanders. In 1908 Margaret founded an Icelandic suffrage society, which circulated petitions in Icelandic communities and presented them at the legislative building in 1910.