Ladies First Weekend

Ladies First BannerSince the end of the 19th century, women have campaigned to improve their status in society, demanding equality and justice. It was the culmination of decades of equal rights activism that eventually led to the Women’s Movement of the 1960’s. This weekend we recognize and celebrate the deeds of the early pioneers of feminism – the women who worked to bring the issue of social, legal and political equality for women to light.

1885 Street

Dower Rights
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dominion Land Office
Support a recent widow as she confronts the local Land Agent while she tries to hold on to her land after her husband’s passing.

Ladies Tea: A Woman’s Right to Homestead
2:00 PM – ­3:00 PM
Lauder’s Bakery
Why should homesteading land only be available to men? Join in the discussion
with the ladies of Edmonton as they drink tea and debate the issue.

1905 Street

Suffrage Rally
1:00 PM “ 2:00 PM
Grass Lot beside St. Anthony’s Chapel and School
Join Edmonton’s early activists in the fight to get women the right to vote. Help the ladies prepare for a rally and march along in support!

Peggy Covers the News
2:00 PM – ­3:00 PM
Local news reporter, Peggy Watt, is looking for folks to interview for her latest article. Do you have any scoops?

1920 Street

The “Bluebirds”
1:30 PM and 3:30 PM
Capitol Theatre
Canada’s Army Nurses are gathering 10 years after the war for a reunion. Join these courageous women and see what they are doing now!

Edmonton Grads
11­:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Mellon Farm House
Edmonton’s women’s basketball team has grabbed international headlines as the team that never loses a game. Come and tryout for the team!

Roberta MacAdams visits the Women’s Institute
2:30 PM
Capitol Theatre
Meet Roberta MacAdams, army nurse and elected member of the legislature, who will discuss the changes facing women after the Great War.