Nellie McClung

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  • Cecily Devereux (University of Alberta)

For most of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, Nellie L. McClung has been the best-known English-Canadian feminist of the so-called First Wave of the global struggle for women's rights. McClung was born Helen Letitia Mooney in Chatsworth, Ontario, in 1873. Regularly designated as one of the top 10 or top 100 “most important” Canadians, she was a writer and suffragist who championed a range of social reform causes. In addition to female suffrage and other civil rights, including the protection of women and children in work and in divorce, custody, inheritance, and property disputes, McClung engaged with questions of temperance, eugenical reproduction and birth control, immigration and “naturalization”, public health,…

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Devereux, Cecily. "Nellie McClung". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 November 2004
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]