Almost 100 years to the date in the exact room where some women in Canada received the right to vote, Carleton University Women’s and Gender Studies Instructor Cindy Stelmackowich is preparing to launch an exhibit she curated, highlighting the stories and contributions of women scientists.
The room at the Canadian Museum of Nature (known back then as the Victoria Memorial Museum) is where the House of Commons sat for four years from 1916 to 1920 following a devastating fire in the old Centre Block of Parliament Hill. It is here that the federal government granted some women the right to vote federal election. This did not include women of colour, Indigenous women and many women with disabilities, who had to fight to obtain the right to vote until the 1940s and 1960s and 1980s respectively.
The exhibit, titled Courage and Passion: Canadian Women in Natural Sciences, aims to highlight women in the natural science fields which encompasses a number of different studies, from biology and chemistry to oceanography and paleontology.