Clearing in the West


Clearing in the West is the first of McClung’s two autobiographical works. In it, she examines her life from birth to age twenty-three, recounting the events and influences that shaped her political and personal future, including her first years in school – both as a student and later a teacher – her early passion for writing, and her burgeoning interest in social reform. It was this interest that led to McClung’s first political involvement with the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement, the organization that spearheaded the women’s right to vote effort in Canada.


...Nellie McClung, prairie reformer, suffragette, parliamentarian, author, newspaperwoman, and Canada's leading pioneer feminist, kept right on fighting for women's rights with the cherry battlecry: "Never retract, never explain, never apologize--get the right thing done and let them howl."

Toronto Star

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Nellie McClung

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Nellie McClung

Nellie McClung was one of the most important leaders in Canada's first wave of feminism and social reform. In 1921, she was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and, in 1927, joined Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Louise Mckinney and Henrietta Edwards in their fight to have women declared "persons" under the law. She died in 1951 in Victoria, British Columbia.