“Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote”

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Special Display

“Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote” — so said Manitoba Premier Rodmond Roblin in 1914. But within two years, Roblin went down to electoral defeat and the suffragists who campaigned against him achieved their goal of voting rights for women. Developed by The Manitoba Museum to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s enfranchisement in the province, this special display examines how women homesteaders, authors, journalists and temperance activists came together to achieve a Canadian first. Historical artifacts and photos introduce the arguments and personalities on both sides of the struggle, showing what the women’s victory achieved, and who was left behind.

An exhibition created by the Manitoba Museum and presented at the Canadian Museum of History.



Pennants and sashes were used to display loyalty to the cause. The use of the colour gold in the North American suffragist movement has its origin in the sunflower, a symbol of Kansas, where an early campaign was defeated in 1867.
Manitoba Museum, H9-38-198, donated by Warren West