49. 1917 The Vote

Perhaps not an immediate visible “fashion” changer, the women were dressed in the fashion of the day, but I feel I would be remiss in not mentioning this topic. It’s effect, however, along with the many other tumultuous events of the period, would be soon be seen in the coming fashion.

“Suffrage: the right of women to vote in political elections; campaigns for this right generally included demand for the right to run for public office.”

By 1900, propertied women had won some voting rights — including the right to vote and to stand for office in some municipal council, library and school board elections.

Federal authorities first granted a limited female franchise in 1917. In 1918, this was expanded to include most* women.

*Asian women and men were not included until after the Second World War. Most Indigenous women and men were viewed as wards of the Crown under the Indian Act, and were excluded from the vote across Canada, except in rare cases, until 1960.

“Canadian Nursing Sisters in France vote in the 1917 election. The Wartime Election Act (1917) enfranchised women serving in the military, as well as those with a father, brother, or son overseas. The war hastened female suffrage at the federal level.”

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Getting the vote:

20/09/1917 National
Female relatives of any person in the military who was serving or served with Canada or Great Britain during the First World War. Also women serving in the military.
24/05/1918 National
“Women who are British subjects, 21 years of age, and otherwise meet the qualifications entitling a man to vote, are entitled to vote in a Dominion election.”
28/01/1916 Manitoba
14/05/1916 Saskatchewan
19/04/1916 Alberta
5/04/1917 British Columbia
12/04/1917 Ontario
26/04/1918 Nova Scotia
17/04/1919 New Brunswick
20/05/1919 Yukon
3/05/1922 Prince Edward Island
03/04/1925 Newfoundland and Labrador
25/04/1940 Québec
15/06/1948 End of Asian exclusions
12/06/1951 Inuit
31/03/1960 First Nations

chart from: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca