The Stream Runs Fast


Following the reissue in 2005 of Nellie McClung’s classic autobiography, Clearing in the West, comes the highly anticipated second volume, The Stream Runs Fast.

Covering McClung’s later life from 1896 to 1945, The Stream Runs Fast chronicles her life during some of the most important events in Canadian history, including the First and Second World Wars and The Great Depression. It also contains her personal account of the Famous Five case in 1927, in which she sought, along with four other female activists, the right for women to be recognized as "person" under the law. This law, which allowed women to be elected to the Senate, was a major step toward the entrance of women into Canadian politics.

As one of Canada’s first female political and social activists, this account of the second half of McClung’s life also documents her thoughts, feelings and contributions on behalf of women, immigrants, children and the poor. In addition The Stream Runs Fast is a record of McClung’s personal life throughout these years, providing a vivid and intimate portrait of life in early twentieth-century 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 apoligize--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.