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Author photo. Cyril Jessup (Gladstone, Manitoba, Canada, ca. 1905-1922)

Cyril Jessup (Gladstone, Manitoba, Canada, ca. 1905-1922)

Nellie L. McClung (1873–1951)

Author of In Times Like These

Includes the names: Nellie McClung, Nellie L. McClung, Nellie L. McClung, Nellie Lillian McClung

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Nellie Letitia Mooney was born in Chatsworth, Ontario, and her homesteading family later moved to Manitoba. She trained as a teacher and taught in rural schools. In 1896, she married Wesley McClung, a pharmacist, with whom she had five children. She championed the causes of women's right to vote and temperance, and was a talented and dynamic public speaker. She had seen firsthand the suffering of women and children caused by neglect, overwork, poverty, and alcohol abuse. Thanks in part to her efforts, in 1916 Manitoba became the first Canadian province to give women the vote. Nellie McClung was one of The Famous Five (also known as The Valiant Five), Alberta women who put forward a petition to change the law that excluded women from holding political office. That petition was successful, and cleared the way for women to enter Canadian politics. In 1921, Nellie McClung herself was elected to the Alberta Legislative Assembly; she lost a bid for re-election in 1926. In 1938, she was the only woman member of the Canadian delegation to the League of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. As a writer, Nellie McClung is best remembered for her highly sentimental first novel, Sowing Seeds in Danny (1908). She also wrote short stories and essays on the social issues she cared about, and a total of 15 books, including two other novels, The Second Chance (1910) and Purple Springs (1921). She's one of the figures in the statue of the Famous Five in Calgary's Olympic Plaza.
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