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The Manitoba Legislature Hosts “NICE WOMEN DON’T WANT THE VOTE” An Exhibition Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Manitoba Women Winning the Right to Vote

Winnipeg, MB (January 9, 2019): Taking its title from a phrase uttered by Manitoba’s illustrious Premier, Sir Rodmond Roblin, during a heated exchange with Nellie McClung, “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote” is an exhibition that was developed by the Manitoba Museum to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Manitoba women winning the right to vote on January 28, 1916. The exhibition opened at the Manitoba Museum in 2015  and has since travelled to locations throughout Manitoba as well as Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec including the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau and has been enjoyed by more than 70,000 visitors.
 
The Manitoba Legislature will host the exhibition as its final venue, offering Manitobans a final opportunity to celebrate this important landmark in Canadian history. “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote” will run from January 8 to March 31, 2019, is free to the public, and accessible when the Legislative  Building is open.
 
“The exhibit outlines the causes, the contradictions, and the people involved in the Suffragist movement, emphasizing the fact that suffragists wanted real power in order to change society. ‘Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote’ includes fascinating artifacts that prove that this was a real fight that had been brewing for 25 years, while also revealing the tensions within the movement,” says Dr. Roland Sawatzky, Curator of History at the Manitoba Museum. Through artifacts and photographs, the exhibit also explains why some Canadians, like Indigenous people and immigrants, were often left out of the discussion.
 
“This touring exhibition has inspired women and men and children across Manitoba and Canada to keep thinking about – and working for – justice and freedom,” says The Honourable Janice Filmon, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and Honorary Patron of the exhibit. “It is absolutely wonderful, and I think it very appropriate, to have this meaningful and inspiring exhibition have its final showing here at the Manitoba Legislature where this story had its beginning over 100 years ago.”
 
Special thanks to the Honorary Patron, The Honourable Janice Filmon, CM, OM, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba; and the sponsors, the Government of Canada, Wawanesa Insurance, Marion Kaffka, the Province of Manitoba, Winnipeg Free Press, and The Nellie McClung Foundation.

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