Sisters United celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the winning of women’s suffrage in Saskatchewan and documents an important story in women's history. The struggle for women’s suffrage took root differently in each of Canada’s provinces — sometimes with much debate and other times with relatively little opposition. In Saskatchewan, the franchise was secured against a background of shifting attitudes toward class, gender, religion, citizenship and politics. Sisters United explores these changes, the roles of notable suffragists like Violet McNaughton as agents of change, and how the establishment of farming organizations such as the Saskatchewan Women Grain Growers’ Association advanced the movement in the province.
Through narrative text, artefacts, images, documents, newspaper articles, and the use of multimedia, visitors will explore the history of women’s enfranchisement in the province.
The in-house exhibit ran from July 20th, 2016 to March 2017 at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre and is now travelling to various museums throughout Saskatchewan.
A complete online version of the exhibit is available here.
Connected to the exhibit is a 1-hour downloadable educational program, with options suitable for Grades 4-12. Download the program materials here.
The Diefenbaker Canada Centre officially opened Sisters United: Women's Suffrage in Saskatchewan on October 2nd, 2016, coinciding with Women's History Month. This compelling exhibit was produced in house and commemorates the centennial of women winning the right to vote in the prairie provinces. The program included remarks from Her Honour the Honourable Vaugn Solomon Schofield, His Worship Mayor Don Atchinson, U of S Vice Provost Patti McDougall, and U of S Women's and Gender Studies professor Dr. Lesley Biggs.
The event was a huge success, with over 70 community members and honoured guests in attendance. Attendees heard about the key contributions of the suffragists, the legacies they left, and the work that remains to be done for women's rights. Following the formal presentations, guests explored the new exhibit and enjoyed refreshments, including "Suffrage Tea," a tribute to the "Pink Tea" socials suffragists held in order to discuss the movement.