Suffragists! Make your voice heard!

Imagine that you live in Canada before all women had the right to vote. You are outraged by the inequality, and you are going to be heard! Historica Canada invites Canadians aged 10 to 29 to join our nation-wide contest and create a written or artistic submission reflecting the history of women’s suffrage in Canada. Win up to $500 in gifts cards, and have your work featured online

The contest is now closed.
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One hundred years ago the women’s suffrage movement celebrated successes across much of Canada, as more women than ever before were granted the right to vote in provincial and federal elections.

It was 1969 before all Canadians (both women and men) gained the right to vote, but these first victories a hundred years ago paved the way for the single greatest expansion of the Canadian electorate and in the potential of democracy itself.

To commemorate this milestone, the Votes for Women! contest challenges Canadians ages 10 to 29 to travel back in time to create a piece of writing or artwork around themes tied to suffrage: equality, democracy, and human rights in Canada.

Winners announced: June 14th, 2017

Votes for Women! is part of Historica Canada’s educational campaign on Milestones in Canadian history. Education guides, learning tools with additional activities and other resources are available to assist students and teachers during the creative process and to supplement classroom learning. This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada.


Top left: “At the last session of the Saskatchewan Legislature Premier Scott expressed himself as in favor of extending the franchise to women, but did not care to enact the necessary legislation until the women of Saskatchewan asked for it. It is now up to the women to “SPEAK” in clear and unmistakeable terms.” Grain Growers’ Guide, 26 February 1913 (courtesy Glenbow Archives/NA-3818-1).

Bottom row, left to right
: “Salve!” Poster for the 10th Annual Congress of the International Alliance for Women’s Suffrage at La Sorbonne, Paris, France, 30 May – 6 June 1926 (courtesy Schlesinger Library/Radcliffe Institute/Harvard University). January 1907 issue of Freyja, a monthly suffragist magazine (courtesy University of Manitoba Icelandic Collection, Elizabeth Dafoe Library). Cover of the official program for the “woman suffrage procession” in Washington, D.C., 3 March 1913 (courtesy Prints and Photographs Division, US Library of Congress/LC-USZC4-2996 DLC/LOT 5541/LC-DIG-ppmsca-12512).Internationaler Frauenstimmrechts-Kongress, Budapest, 15-20 June 1913 (courtesy courtesy Schlesinger Library/Radcliffe Institute/Harvard University/W602318_1).
“Women need the vote” (courtesy Schlesinger Library/Radcliffe Institute/Harvard University/Gr-1-43).