The Canadian prairies: a history by Gerald Friesen.T
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1984.

Forging the Prairie West by John Herd Thompson.
Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998.

Manitoba: a history by W. L. Morton.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1957

Lessons > Women Win The Vote: Senior 3

Women Win The Vote: Senior 3

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  • Students will examine the role of women in Western settlements.
  • Students will explore the Canadian Suffrage movement in establishing political equality.
  • Students will identify changes and development in regards to rights for minority and culturally diverse peoples.

Curriculum Outcomes: Canada-A Social And Political History

  • Individuals have a role to play in government and have both rights and responsibilities.
  • Historical change is as valid as constitutional change.
  • Implications of bureaucracy on the Canadian citizen.
  • How citizens influence the decisions of governments
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Comparison of the Canadian political system to other systems of government.
  • Development of Unions

Materials: (Activating student interest and Acquiring information)

Vocabulary : to promote the use of language in oral discussions, reading, and written work

activist corruption politics
opposition compulsory election
delegation vote constituencies
compensation equality morals
allegations referendum reform
prohibition campaigns electorate
petition suffrage prejudice
feminists temperance militant

Suggestions for Instruction: (Applying)

Discuss the social and political history of the suffrage movement in Manitoba and Canada. Using the background information and student response, have the students brainstorm for appropriate arguments and events that may explain why voting rights were very long in coming to Canada and other parts of the world.

Further study on the suffrage movement may lead students to research :

  • Women voting in equal proportion to men
  • Do women and men vote the same on national issues?
  • Will a simple increase in women’s representation increase women’s political power?
  • Occupational wage gap
  • Affirmative action
  • The role of the "mother"
  • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Status of Women
  • Women and Unions
  • Women's liberation
  • Women in the First and Second World Wars

Suggestions for Assessment

Students will demonstrate their understanding through:

  • oral discussions
  • written assignments
  • debates
  • re-enactment – student protest
  • presentations
  • projects, etc.

Extension Activities

  • participation in student activism
  • field trip to the Walker Theatre
  • inviting guest speakers into the classroom to discuss women's issues
  • exploring alternate occupations for women
  • looking at sexism in our past and present society
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