The game is six degrees of Canadian history. Take two seemingly unrelated pieces of Canadian culture and connect the dots through various people, places and events to discover how they’re distantly — or maybe not-so-distantly — related. Along the way, we visit the quizzical and curious, the tragic and comic, and everything in between.
Women’s suffrage (or franchise) is the right of women to vote in political elections; campaigns for this right generally included demand for the right to run for public office. The women’s suffrage movement was a decades-long struggle intended to address fundamental issues of equity and justice and to improve the lives of Canadians.
"Great men are almost always bad men," Lord Acton famously said. If that is so, we are going to have to tolerate flaws if we want to celebrate "great" Canadians. The eugenics movement of the early 20th century particularly tries our tolerance of several of our textbook heroes.
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was founded 1915 in The Hague, the Netherlands, by women active in the WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE movement in Europe and North America. These women wished to end WWI and seek ways to ensure that no more wars took place.
Jeanne Beker, CM, television host, columnist (born 19 March 1952 in Toronto, ON). Fashion icon Jeanne Beker first rose to prominence as the co-host of Citytv’s groundbreaking music journalism program The New Music (1979–85) before hosting the long-running landmark fashion program Fashion Television (1985–2012).
This application to the Law Society of Upper Canada is refused. The governing statute regulating this body, not having been drafted under the advanced views of the day and specifically referring to the admission of persons, does not permit the interpretation of persons to include women.
Barbara Chilcott, actor (born Barbara Chilcott Davis in Newmarket, Ont 1923). As a child and young woman in Toronto, Chilcott studied acting with Josephine Barrington and dancing with Bettina Byers at Academy Ballet, and attended Tamara Dakarhanova's School of the Theatre in Mount Kisco, NY.
Shirley Douglas, actor, activist (b at Weyburn, Sask 2 Apr 1934). Shirley Douglas was born to parents Irma née Dempsey and former Baptist minister Tommy Douglas, who is celebrated across Canada as the leader of the first socialist government in North America, and the "father of medicare."