Agnes Macphail on women’s equality, 1925, 1930

Agnes Macphail, Canada's first female MP, was a champion of women's equality
Agnes Macphail MP, champion of women’s equality

Agnes Macphail was the first woman elected to Canada’s House of Commons, and after taking her seat early in 1922 she encountered many taunts and inappropriate treatment. Undaunted, she demanded the full equality of women. These are brief excerpts from speeches Macphail made in the House of Commons regarding existing divorce laws.

“I want for myself what I want for other women — absolute equality.”

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