April 18th 1940 : Women acquired right to vote in Québec

Thérèse Casgrain, president of the Women's League, during the elections (1938-1942) Photo : Radio Canada

Thérèse Casgrain, president of the Women's League, during the elections (1938-1942) Photo : Radio Canada

75 years ago, the women in Québec acquired the right to vote, thanks to the hard work of a few matriarchs who feared nothing, and Thérèse Casgrain, the leader of the movement. It would seem that Québec - the population - was well-ready for women to be empowered long before this faithful day. However, the institutions themselves were not; government feared a revolution in the households, mostly if the husbands did not support their wives in their emancipation.

But still, we prevailed!

But it wasn't only a big step forward for women's rights in Québec, it was also the beginning of a new era; from traditionnalism to modernity, the world in La belle province was about to change and never go back to what it was.

From then on, the province of Québec became only more modern, with more educated girls and career-oriented women, which will eventually lead to the election of the first female Prime Minister, Pauline Marois, in 2012.

Way to go, Québec! 

For more information, read more about 'The adoption of women's right to vote: the result of a long struggle' (in French)