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Violet’s Saskatchewan

Violet McNaughton and Early Women’s Rights on the Prairies

Image Courtesy of Saskatoon Public Library, Don Kerr Collection, MG 169

Rebel. Rabble-rouser. Resister.  

Violet McNaughton settled on a prairie homestead in 1909 and went on to forever change the way Saskatchewan women work, live, and participate in their communities. The face of the Saskatchewan campaign for women’s right to vote, she devoted decades to advancing gender equality in the province’s earliest years.

One of the first women journalists, she used her column in The Western Producer to advocate for women. Violet raised awareness for issues like access to birth control and healthcare, quality of life for women and children on homesteads, and the right of women to participate in the world outside the home.

This video program explores Violet’s life and accomplishments against the larger backdrop of early 20th century Saskatchewan history.

Disclaimer: This video is for those 16+. It discusses topics that may not be suitable for all members of the public. Such topics include birth control, eugenics theory, and the forced sterilization of Indigenous women.


Through June 30, 2021


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