Previously published in Examiner
Part three of the women’s right to vote series
Representation of People’s Act
These political struggles continued and then in 1918, the British government passed the Representation of People’s Act where a certain group of women were given the right to vote. These women were:
women over the age of 30
who owned property with a rental income of over 5 pounds
were householders or married to householders
were British university graduates
As you see not all women had the right to vote, only the more affluent and university educated did.
19th Amendment to the American Constitution
Early American Suffragists
Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793 – 1880)
She was the first American feminist, a social reformer, and abolitionist. Born into a Quaker family in Nantucket, Massachusetts like all Quakers, she opposed slavery as being evil.
In 1883 she and her husband co-founded the Pennsylvania Anti Slavery Society. She became a political activist challenging the laws and in 1883, she had also founded the Philadelphia Female Anti Slavery Society.
Black voices were finally heard and Lucretia Mott often preached at Black churches.
Lucretia Mott inspired many women of her generation with her speeches and activism. She campaigned for the rights of Black women to vote and together with Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Lucy Stone, she created The American Equal Rights Association in 1866.
If you are interested in women’s issues in Montreal, there are good programs available such as the Women’s studies Program at Concordia University.
In Montreal if you have a woman’s human rights issue you can contact:
Women’s Rights Program
Canadian Human Rights Foundation
1425 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, #407
Montreal, Québec H3G 1T7, Canada
Montreal Women’s Referral Centre