Champions of Women’s Rights

Leading Canadian women and their battles for social justice

by Moushumi Chakrabarty

Passionate, principled Canadians who fought successfully for equal rights for women.
The stories of Canadian women who challenged the establishment and paved the way for greater equality are compelling. From the mid 1800s to the 1920s when women had few civil rights in Canada, pioneering women activists made their presence strongly felt in political life and achieved important early gains. There were the Famous Five, now honoured with a statue on Parliament Hill, agitating for the vote for women, but there were many others. In the fields of politics, medicine, agriculture, trade
unions and education, women like Lea Roback, Charlotte Whitton, Anna Leonowens and Emily Stowe showed everyone that it was no longer a man's world. Their stories are told in this lively book.

About the Author

Moushumi Chakrabarty
Moushumi Chakrabarty grew up in Poona, India, and now makes her home in Mississauga, Ontario. She has been writing for over a decade with stints as a reporter and writer for a daily newspaper and a travel trade journal. Her writing has been published in anthologies, e-zines, and magazines.


The perfect beach read doesn't have to be decadent or steamy. Consider reading a book that points out the accomplishments of some of this country's most dedicated pioneers of human rights....may be just the ticket for one of those days when you have little time but still want something substantial.
Chakrabarty has summarized the lives, struggles and accomplishments of 11 of Canada's best known social justice pioneers, from Nellie McClung and Emily Stowe to Halifax's (and Montreal's) Anna Leonowens.
Elizabeth Patterson, Chronicle Herald
Each well-researched story starts on a dramatic note and draws you in...The accompanying pictures are a welcome addition, as is the bibliography at the end for further reading. Overall, this collection was very informative and would be an excellent addition to any classroom or school library.
Definitely Recommended.
Mahtab Narsimhan, Chapters.Indigo community
"...although the profiles are concise, they're highly readable and packed with useful information."
Joseph Chin,

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