Give Your Other Vote to the Sister: A Woman's Journey Into the Great War

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University of Calgary Press, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 319 pages

Give Your Other Vote to the Sister tells the story of Roberta MacAdams, the first woman elected to the Alberta legislature. In fact, she was one of the first two women elected to a legislature anywhere in the British Empire. Her triumph was extraordinary for many reasons. Not only did she run while serving as a nursing sister overseas during the Great War, but over 90 per cent of her electors were men--Alberta soldiers stationed in England and in the muddy trenches of the Western Front.

Give Your Other Vote to the Sister describes MacAdams' journey overseas, her work at a large military hospital in London, and the personal sacrifices she endured during the war. It also chronicles Debbie Marshall's own journey to reclaim MacAdams' life, one that took her across Canada and to the places where MacAdams lived and worked in England and France. It was a search that would change her own perceptions about how and why so may women willingly participated in the world's first "great war."

 

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Contents

Away From The Fair Island
1
Canadian Born
17
Family Matters
33
The MacDonald Girl
55
The New Country
73
Marching As To War
95
Orpington
107
Beloved and Honoured Sons
131
Ladies In the Legislature
203
Preparing For Peace
219
Going Home
235
Walking Out Of History
255
Notes
275
Selected Bibliography
299
Index
309
Series Information
321

Soldiers Choice
145
Somewhere In France
173

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About the author (2007)

Debbie Marshall is an Alberta writer and editor. Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous local and national magazines and anthologies. She is the co-author of Candles to Kilowatts: The Story of Edmonton's Power Company and editor of the Edmonton bestseller Big Enough Dreams.

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