Louise McKinney (1868-1931)

Louise McKinney

"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."

Louise (Crummy) McKinney raged against the evils of alcohol and the "disabilities laid on women" and played a leading role in bringing Alberta women the right to vote in 1916. When she was sworn in to the Alberta Legislature in 1917, she became the first woman to sit in any legislature in the British Empire. As a Member of the Legislative Assembly 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.

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