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Discover 100 years in the struggle for women's rights, on the Rideau Canal Skateway

Library and Archives Canada presents an exhibition of portraits of remarkable women

January 29, 2016 – Ottawa (Ontario) – This year, Library and Archives Canada marks the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Canada with an outdoor exhibition entitled Let Them Howl: 100 Years in the Women's Rights Struggle.

Created in co-operation with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, this exhibition features reproductions of portraits depicting the unique history of the struggle for women's rights. Portraits include those of Nellie McClung, Agnes Macphail, Thérèse Casgrain, Cairine Wilson, Doris Anderson, Rosemary Brown, Adrienne Clarkson, Emily Howard Stowe and Bertha Clark-Jones.

Skaters will have the opportunity to admire these works of art on the Rideau Canal Skateway, under the Bank Street Bridge, from the time skating season opens on the canal until early March.

Let Them Howl is presented in partnership with Winterlude and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Museum will also present a similar exhibition in Winnipeg during the Festival du Voyageur, from February 12 to 21, 2016. The exhibition will also re-open on March 8 for public viewing at Fort Gibraltar.

Never retreat, never explain, never apologize. Get the thing done and let them howl. – Nellie McClung

Quick Facts

  • In 1916, women in Manitoba became the first to vote at the provincial level. Women in Canada obtained the right to vote federally in 1918.
  • The exhibition Let Them Howl features reproductions of portraits from the collection of Library and Archives Canada, including photographs by renowned artists Yousuf Karsh and Bryan Adams.


"This exhibition allows us to recall important moments in the struggle for women’s rights in Canada. By viewing these portraits of exceptional women taken from Library and Archives Canada’s collection, we have the opportunity to reflect collectively on issues related to the advancement of women’s rights."

Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

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