A momentous Canadian human rights milestone took place on January 28th, 2016: 100 years ago on this day, Manitoba women were the first in Canada to be awarded the right to vote.
This enfranchisement of Manitoba women can be regarded today as the first of a series of sweeping changes that ultimately allowed women to take their rightful place in our democratic society.
In celebration of this pivotal milestone in history, on January 28th, 2016, the Nellie McClung Foundation, in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, hosted a Centennial Gala: Celebrating 100 Years of Manitoba Women’s Right to Vote at the RBC Convention Centre.
This once-in-a-lifetime event was hosted by ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey, with Special Guest Speaker, The Right Honourable Janice Filmon C.M, O.M. A highlight of the evening’s program was the presentation of The Nellie Awards, presented in part by the Winnipeg Free Press, recognizing Manitoba women who have followed Nellie McClung’s footsteps through their contributions to social justice, the arts and democracy.
The Nellie McClung Foundation would like to thank all the sponsors, donors, volunteers and attendees who helped to make the Centennial Gala: Celebrating 100 Years of Manitoba Women’s Right to Vote a tremendous success!