To Be Equals in Our Own Country

Women and the Vote in Quebec

Denyse Baillargeon, translated by Käthe Roth

To Be Equals in Our Own Country

Denyse Baillargeon, translated by Käthe Roth

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

232 pages
Cloth $30.95 ISBN: 9780774838481 Published March 2019 For sale in USA only
“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 prolonged fight for the right to vote. To Be Equals in Our Own Country is a passionate yet even-handed account of the road to suffrage in Quebec, examining women’s political participation since winning the vote in 1940 and comparing their struggle to movements in other countries. This astute exploration of enfranchisement rightly recognizes suffrage as a fundamental question of human rights.


1 Pioneers of Suffrage

2 Giving Women a Voice

3 Broadening the Struggle

4 Winning the Provincial Franchise

5 Reaching for Representation


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