Articles by Terry Crowley
February 3, 2017
Agnes Macphail was Canada’s first female member of Parliament. She, a radical, believed in thinking anew about collective problems rather than reverting to outmoded prescriptions.
Following a family tragedy in which a niece shot an uncle, Agnes whisked her nieces and nephews off to Toronto, rented a large house, and began taking in boarders to pay the rent, all the while serving on the executives of the Canadian Civil Liberties Union and the Canadian Association for Adult Education Following the 1921 Federal election, Agnes Macphail became the country’s best–known woman as Canada’s first female member of Parliament Terry Crowley, Agnes Macphail and the Politics of Equality (Toronto: James Lorimer & Co, 1990)