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14 January 2016,     WINNIPEG
A celebration of Canada’s Great Women
Special editions of Canada’s History and Kayak: Canada’s History for Kids have been published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage.

Canada’s History chose a panel including former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and author Charlotte Gray to select 20 great women from Canada’s political, business, artistic and activist history.

"In a perfect world, the women on our list would be household names. But for too long, history textbooks have focused on great men, to the exclusion of all others," editor-in-chief Mark Collin Reid said. "Hopefully, this special feature will launch a broader conversation on outstanding women in Canadian history."

Women selected for the list include:
  • Abolitionist Mary Ann Shadd Cary, who helped black slaves find freedom in nineteenth-century Canada;
  • Kenojuak Ashevak, an Inuit artist who pioneered an artistic vocabulary that inspired a generation;
  • Thérèse Casgrain, a tireless Quebec activist and the first woman in Canada to lead a political party;
  • Nellie McClung, the iconic suffragist who helped women in Manitoba win the right to vote provincially in January 1916. Saskatchewan and Alberta followed suit later that year.
Readers are invited to go online and learn about the women, vote for their favourite and nominate other women they think deserve to be recognized. Participants will be entered into a draw to win an original painting by Barbara Paterson, sculptor of the Famous Five on Parliament Hill.

Kayak will explore how women got the vote with stories, quizzes and a comic book rendering of suffragist leader Nellie McClung. There is also a Great Women portrait gallery and an introduction to how elections work.
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