In honour of International Women’s Day here are a few quotes from Manitoba’s own – Nellie McClung.
“There are people who depress you so utterly that if you had to remain under their influence they would rob you of all your ambition and initiative, while others inspire you to do better, to achieve, to launch out. Life is made up of currents of thought as real as are the currents of air, and if we could but see them, there are currents of thought we would avoid as we would smallpox germs.” – McClung in “Times Like These” published in 1915.
“Life is a great struggle against gloom, and we could fight it better if we always remembered that happiness is a condition of heart and is not dependent on outward conditions. The kingdom of heaven is within you. Everything depends on the point of view.
‘Two prisoners looked out once through the bars, One saw the mud, the other saw the stars.’ ” – McClung in “Times Like These.”
“Women who set a low value on themselves make life hard for all women.” McClung.
Born Helen Mooney, McClung (1873 – 1951), was a Canadian suffragist, politician, and social activist. She helped to bring about the vote for women in Manitoba. In 1927, McClung and four other women: Henrietta Muir Edwards, Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby who became known as “The Famous Five” launched the “Persons Case” which sought to recognize that women could be “qualified persons” eligible to sit in the Senate. They won.