“The purpose of a woman’s life is just the same as the purpose of a man’s life: that she may make the best possible contribution to her generation” said Louise McKinney.
What do you think this means? Do you agree?
Today’s hero is Louise McKinney (22 September 1868 – 10 July 1931) – a provincial politician and women’s rights activist from who is from right here in Alberta!
ANIMAL RIGHTS: Louise grew up on a farm near Claresholm and most people thought she was really weird. In those days, women wore big hats with feathers in them for decoration. Louise organized clubs to make the wearing of bride plumage hats against the law – can you guess why?
Because she thought it was cruel to the birds. Louise then started the first SPCA – an animal shelter for rescued animals.
HUMAN RIGHTS: Not only did Louise demonstrate care for animals, but people too. She played a leading role in bringing Alberta women the right to vote in 1916. As a politician representing Claresholm, she worked to initiate social assistance measures for widows and immigrants and, along with Emily Murphy, helped establish the Dower Act allowing women property rights in marriage.
The Famous 5 worked very hard to change laws that negatively impacted women and introduced many new laws that benefited women and children. Our lives are very different today because of their passion, dedication and hard work.
What should you do when you see an injustice or a need that could be filled? Would you stand up and make your voice heard? Would you speak on behalf of others who might not have the courage to lead?