Votes for women: Leaders in Action: A Nova Scotia Story

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Today, April 26, marks 100 years since some women could first vote in Nova Scotia. So, this is a good day for all Nova Scotians to reflect on what it means to have the right to vote. Many hard-working women in this province made their voices heard, so all women could have a voice in choosing our political representatives.

Over the last four years, we’ve seen more women in cabinet, and Nova Scotia has achieved gender parity on the provincial and family courts. Women leaders worked hard to improve opportunities for women, and we will continue working toward gender equality for all Nova Scotian women and girls.
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Image sources:
House of Assembly: Nova Scotia Archives: Richard Short, “The Governor’s house and St Mather’s”, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives.
Rose Fortune: Nova Scotia Archives Documentary Art Collection.
Edith Jessie Archibald: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: People: Edith Jessie Archibald.
Nurses: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Army – General – Hospitals No. 4.
Franchise Act: Nova Scotia House of Assembly fonds: RG 5 Series S (Statutes) 1918, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives.
Gladys Porter: The Advertiser June 9, 1960, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives.
Mary Helen Pierro: family photo, courtesy of Molly Pierro.
Coline Campbell: Le Petit Courrier July 11, 1974, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives.
Alexa McDonough: MG 2 Volume 1613 number 2 (Nova Scotia New Democratic Party fonds), courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives.
Daurene Lewis: The Spectator January 8, 1985, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives
Yvonne Atwell: Nova Scotia Archives NDP Collection box 2 1998 campaign, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives.
Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms: Courtesy of Library Archives Canada.