"The Presence of So Many Ladies": A Study of the Conservative Party's Response to Female Suffrage in Canada, 1918-1939

  • Larry Glassford University of Windsor


This paper examines the first two decades of the Conservative Party's adaptation to a fundamental change in its political environment: the grant of female suffrage rights in 1918. It challenges the conventional wisdom that nothing much happened for women in mainline political parties until the second wave of the women's movement in the 1960s. The paper also contributes to the recovery of some prominent Tory women's contributions.
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