Nellie Mcclung in the 19th century Canada

Hey, Abby. How did your birthday celebration go in the 19th century with the family you live with?  I'm sorry I couldn't be there, but, you know ... I'm in the 21st century. 




Quite a few people showed up?

Nice.



There was even a cake? 

Charlotte made it for you?

Well, now that we're on the topic of Charlotte ... you must realize I'm dying to know what happened when you met with the gentleman, George, who is interested in her. You were supposed to tell him that Charlotte is simply a maid (and that she's missing two fingers and can't really play the piano like you told him she could) and therefore not in his social circle. 


<sigh>
Yeah, well, George came to the house yesterday and the lady of the house let him in and then him and her went into the parlour while me and Charlotte finished getting ready.

And everything was cool until Charlotte and I walked in there.


 

And then? Don't make me pull teeth here, Abby.

And then, because she is the one he's interested in, he went right over and kissed one of her gloved hands. The one with all five fingers. 

And this got the lady of the house all confused, because she thought he was there for me of course and that Charlotte was just there as my chaperone.

Of course. Because that's what you led her to believe. Then what happened?

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And then me, Charlotte and George went for a long walk. Whoa, you wouldn't believe how awesome some of the houses around here are. A couple looked kinda creepy, but ...

Seriously? You're stalling? Just tell me if George was told the truth; that Charlotte is a simple maid he can never truly date. This charade needed to end. Please tell me it has.





  She wanted to tell him as soon as he arrived.

And she didn't? What happened?



Well, I might have told her not to tell him, you know, when we were getting ready. I, uh, might have hinted that I would tell the lady of the house that she was the one who stole money from the box in the dining room if she told George the truth.

Are you freaking kidding me right now, Amy?

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Oh my gawd! How can I let her ruin her only chance? How can I keep watching her work so hard every day? And for what? I'll never regret what I've done. She deserves better.

A strong and determined woman, just like you, will be born in 1873. She will become a Canadian feminist, author, orator, politician and reformer, and will play a major role in the suffrage (women's right to vote) movement and many other causes.
Born in Ontario, Nellie Letitia McClung, will be raised in Manitoba when her family's farm fails.
Even though Nellie won't start school until she is ten years old, at sixteen she will become a teacher like many young women of her generation, and will teach school until she marries at the age of 23. She will have five children.
Nellie will be an effective speaker, and will win audiences over with her humorous debates.
She will found the Winnipeg Political Equality League and the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada. 
She will fight for dental and medical care for school children, property rights for married women, mothers' allowances, factory safety legislation and other reforms. She will also argue for fair and unbiased divorce laws. She will campaign for the rights of Aboriginal and Asian women. 
Along with four other women, in 1927 Nellie will bring forth the "Persons Case", stating that women should be "qualified persons", eligible to sit in the Senate.
Nellie McClung will also appeal to the Canadian government to accept European immigrants during World War II. 
She will remain in Canadian politics until her death in 1953.
In 1954, Nellie will be named a Person of National Historic Significance by the government of Canada.