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Therese Casgrain

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Therese Casgrain Her Life Therese Casgrain was born into a wealthy family in Montreal on July 10, 1896, her parents being Lady Blanche MacDonald and Sir Rodolphe Forget. They had nannies, cooks, maids and gardeners. She was brought up in a home learning that everyone deserved respect and that everyone should be treated equally. She married at the age of 19 to Pierre Casgrain, a Liberal politician, which she raised four children with. Who is she? Suffragist First Female Party Leader in Quebec Senator Suffragist Therese Casgrain led the women’s suffrage movement in Quebec during the 1920s and 1930s. Women of Quebec joined a group called the Provincial Suffrage Committee which Therese presented speeches about the rights of women. Louis Alexander Taschereau, premier of Quebec, stated that “if the women of Quebec ever get the right to vote, they will not have got it from me.” The name “Provincial Suffrage Committee” was changed to “Women’s Rights” in the year of 1928 when Therese Casgrain became president. She campaigned for women’s rights to vote in Quebec elections and succeeded the year of 1940. She succeeded by speaking to the people through a popular radio show called “Fémina”. On April 25, 1940, the bill was finally passed and women obtained the right to vote in Quebec’s provincial elections. Co-operative Commonwealth Federation It was December 11, 1946 when Casgrain joined the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation also known as CCF. Casgrain admired the CCF because it was the party that shared the same concerns as she did. This party was based around poor health care, unemployment, education, housing and also low wages for women. In 1948, Casgrain was elected vice-president of the Quebec branch. First Woman Leader of a Political Party in Canada 1951, Therese Casgrain was elected leader of Quebec wing making her the first women in Canadian history to lead a political party. She traveled all over the world on the behalf of CCF, (Thailand, China, Japan and Burma). She would discuss with world leaders about education and poverty. The party’s name was changed to Parti social démocratique du Québec in 1955 because it was easier to translate and represented that party’s objectives more clearly. Casgrain remained provincial leader until the year of 1957. Known as a Leader In determination to world peace, Casgrain broadened the human’s rights campaign to the rights of Aboriginal people, refugees and other groups. She hated seeing innocent people suffering and dying due to governments not getting along. 1961 Casgrain became president of the Voice of Women which was a branch also to help create world peace. This organization group campaigned against nuclear war. She was also a member of Commission for Minimum Wages which insured people were paid enough for their jobs in order to live. Therese Casgrain held another campaign against the war in Vietnam and also provided medical care for victims at war. 1966, joined other organizations to help and improve the welfare and happiness of people in the Canadian Human Rights Federation 1976, Casgrain was given the name "Woman of the Century", by jewish women for her hard work in contributing in the human rights for refugees. Casgrain became a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1974 Senator At the age of 74, Therese Casgrain was offered a seat by the Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in the senate. Casgrain accepted as she believed it would be a great experience and an excellent chance to achieve her goals. She jumped right into action and made women’s issues aware to other senators. Quebec dropped the rule of women not being eligible to serve on jury due to Casgrain’s persuading. Opposed specific agricultural controls (price of eggs) •Disagreed with the media for being more interested in certain scandals rather then major economic issues which could of helped acknowledge people about these concerns Retirement July, 1971, Therese Casgrain was forced to retire; only being senator for a total of nine months. She wanted to continue her work where she would then work against retirement for any job. Her retirement did not stop her as she continued to campaign for Canadian charities and consumer rights. On November 3, 1981, Therese Casgrain died at the age of 85 in Montreal. “Today women do not have to face the same difficulties as of old; they can make their influence more widely felt and they are listened to a little more, but a world in which men and women are completely equal is still far from being realized. All my life I have recommended that one must ask questions, take a position, and act upon it.” - Thérèse Casgrain, in her autobiography, 1972 She was a suffragist, feminist reformer who became the first women in Quebec to lead a provinicial political party and was senator. She is remembered for her leadership by taking an idea and acting on it, that is why she is an important part of our Canadian history. Running for Member of Parliament Therese was very well aware about political life as she grew up with a father who worked in business and politics. She would often sit in and listen to discussions he would have with important people, though she didn’t always understand them. Being raised in this type of environment, she grew an interest in politics, resulting in running for Member of Parliament in 1942. She ran as an independent Liberal candidate against four other men. She campaigned and traveled a total of seven hundred miles to discuss what she had to offer to the voters. She came in second place but was still very proud of what she had accomplished. She ran in nine elections throughout her political career and never won, but never did it bring her spirits down. Works Cited Websites:
Therese Casgrain. May, 2002. Retrieved May 6, 2010, From Electoral Insight website: http://www.elections.ca/eca/eim/article_search/article.asp?id=79&lang=e&frmPageSize=&textonly=false
Therese Casgrain. Retrieved May 6,2010, From The Great Names website:

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