Londoners to mark 100 years of federal voting rights for women

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An event to mark the 100th anniversary of Canadian women receiving the right to vote in a federal election will be held Saturday, May 26.

On May 24, 1918, Canadian women received the right to vote in federal elections for the first time, a historic moment Londoners are going to recognize with an event wrapping up at Eldon House.

Century for Women: Votes, Voices and Choices, which will mark the 100th anniversary of this landmark moment in the nation’s history, is set for Saturday, May 26.

The celebration will include a march from the Normal School on Elmwood Avenue to Eldon House Heritage Site and Gardens. The march will be followed by speakers, music and refreshments at Eldon House on the grounds.

The march will begin at 11a.m. and proceed to The Covent Garden Market Square and then to Eldon House.

The march and the event that follows, which are free and open to the general public, was planned months ago by a community committee led by author and women’s rights activist Dr. Jean Hewitt, and Eldon House program co-ordinator Danielle Costello.

“We want everyone to know about the great Canadian women in our history” Hewitt said, “But we still have a way to go and we need the energy of this next generation to take us there.”

This celebration of the 100th anniversary of the vote is part of a series of events organized by the committee and held in London during 2018 to mark the progress women have made and discuss what is left to do.

When Sir Robert Borden and his government promoted the idea of giving women over 21 the vote, two groups of women were left out — Asian women didn’t get the vote until 1947 and Indigenous women had to wait until 1960.

For more information, contact Danielle Costello at Eldon House, 519-661-5169, or by email at costello@eldonhouse.ca.

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