Until 1972, it was illegal for unmarried couples to access birth control. No pill, no contraceptive devices – unless you put a ring on it.
Whether or not women could serve in the Canadian senate came down to whether women were considered “persons” in the eyes of the state. These five ladies – the Spice Girls of Canadian politics – thought they should be.
When alcohol was outlawed in 1920, women more often than men stepped up to (literally) serve.
Marilyn McCusker, the first woman to die in a mining accident, wasn’t a cautionary tale. She was an unsung inspiration for an entire industry.