I had always known about Nellie McClung and her fight for women's rights and her connection to the Famous Five. I knew she was instrumental in assisting Manitoba as the first Canadian province to give women voting rights in 1916 and that she had spoken in Airdrie during her travels. But when my youngest daughter was in middle school, I learned to so much more. We read every book and watched documentaries for school projects. My youngest daughter and I visited her home along with the sculpture depicting the Famous Five in Calgary and now the replica in Heritage Park. All of her life was spent in teaching, first children, and then a nation through public speaking and writing and also raised five children. Her dedication to the rights of women began at a very young age when she was not allowed to race at a picnic and she didn't understand why being a girl made a difference so she decided to change things. That is how we have aspired to raise my daughters and they have made us proud.
AIRdirondack Art Project