Translated by :Käthe Roth
Form detail:Dust jacket
Dimensions:8.5in x 5.5 x 0.9 in | 340 gr
Page Count:232 pages
Illustrations:12 b&w photos, 7 illustrations
“When the history of suffrage is written, the role played by our politicians will cut a sad figure beside that of the women they insulted.” Speaking in 1935, feminist Idola Saint-Jean captured the bitter nature of Quebec women’s fight for enfranchisement, as religious authorities weighed what they stood to gain or lose and politicians showed open disdain during Legislative Assembly debates.
Quebec women had to wait until 1940 or longer to cast a ballot. This passionate yet even-handed account is filled with vivid characters and pivotal events on the road to suffrage in the province. It examines Quebec women’s participation in provincial and municipal politics since winning the vote and compares women’s struggle to that in other countries.
An astute exploration of suffrage, To Be Equals in Our Own Country treats enfranchisement – and the legal, social, and economic rights that stem from it – as a fundamental question of human rights.
An original and comprehensive history of women’s diverse struggles leading up to and following the fight for suffrage in Quebec told with skill and clarity. - Bettina Bradbury, author of Wife to Widow: Lives, Laws, and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Montreal
Baillargeon’s brilliant synthesis of the suffrage movement in Quebec is an essential introduction to one of the most influential social movements in Canadian history.- Dominique Clément, author of Equality Deferred: Sex Discrimination and British Columbia’s Human Rights State, 1953–84
Denyse Baillargeon invites us to do far more than rediscover the triumphant campaigns for women’s right to vote in Quebec: she offers readers a nuanced understanding of what drove many to fight for this right, and others to resist it. Just when you think you know it all, you find out there’s more to learn! - Josée Boileau, author, journalist, and political commentator