Ours by Every Law of Right and Justice

Ours by Every Law of Right and Justice

Women and the Vote in the Prairie Provinces

Women’s Suffrage and the Struggle for Democracy

by Sarah Carter

Published by: UBC Press

288 pages, 140.00 x 216.00 x 0.00 mm, 20 b&w photos

  • ISBN: 9780774861885
  • Published: November 2021


Many of Canada’s most famous suffragists – from Nellie McClung and Cora Hind to Emily Murphy and Henrietta Muir Edwards – lived and campaigned in the Prairie provinces, the region that led the way in granting women the right to vote and hold office.

In Ours by Every Law of Right and Justice, award-winning author Sarah Carter challenges the myth that grateful male legislators simply handed western settler women the vote in recognition that they were equal partners in the pioneering process. Suffragists worked long and hard to overcome obstacles, persuade doubters, and build allies. But their work also had a dark side. Even as settler suffragists pressured legislatures to grant their sisters the vote, they often approved of that same right being denied to “foreigners” and Indigenous men and women.

By situating the suffragists’ struggle in the colonial history of Prairie Canada, this powerful and passionate book shows that the right to vote meant different things to different people – political rights and emancipation for some, domination and democracy denied for others.