For Women’s History Month in 2018, the Civic Engagement Committee published an article highlighting suffragettes such as Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Nellie Letitia McClung. Snippets of the article can be found below:
Wells-Barnett understood this well when she emerged at the front of the 1913 suffrage parade despite the segregation that was imposed on African American women during the march. She is also considered to be a founding member of the National Association of Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) though she is not officially listed as a founder. She later cut ties with the NAACP due to their lack of action-based initiatives and dedicated her work to the National Equal Rights League (NERL).
Nellie Letitia McClung (1873-1951) was a Canadian feminist, politician, suffragist, and social reformer. She entered the political scene in 1921 when she was elected to the Alberta Assembly. However, her role and influence within the Assembly was limited. This led her to challenge the treatment of women within the Canadian government. She became one of “The Famous Five” who led the Edwards v. Canada (1929) “Persons Case” to notion the argument that women be legally considered persons in order to be appointed to the Senate. After World War I, McClung recognized that the possibility of women’s suffrage was growing as the role of women in Canada’s society was shifting towards the workplace.