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Scholastic Canadian Biography: Meet Therese Casgrain

Meet Thérèse Casgrain, who battled for women’s equality and social justice, and was the first woman to lead a political party in Canada! The award-winning Scholastic Canada Biography series highlights the lives of remarkable Canadians whose achievements have inspired and changed the lives of those who followed. From 1916 to 1925, women across Canada were starting to win right to vote, province by province . . . but not in Quebec. It took another fifteen years of protest and the leadership of Thérèse Casgrain for women there to begin to win that right. And that was only the start of Thérèse’s 50-year career! She decided to change things from inside the government too, becoming the first woman to lead a political party in Canada. And although Thérèse may not have been elected, her decades-long fight for equal rights, health care, and world peace is in itself a victory.   Author: Elizabeth MacLeod. Hardcover. 6+ years.