Edith Jessie Archibald National Historic Person (1854-1936)

Black and white portrait of a person with a black signature below
Edith Jessie Archibald, 1903
© Gauvin & Gentzel, Canada's Early Women Writers, SFU Library Digital Collections, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, 1980-2014

Edith Jessie Archibald was designated as a national historic person in 1998.

Historical importance: Key figure in the Nova Scotian women's fight for the vote.

Commemorative plaque: Women's Council House 977 Young Street, Halifax, Nova ScotiaFootnote 1

Edith Jessie Archibald

For more than thirty years, activist, reformer and philanthropist Edith Archibald championed the right of women to vote in Nova Scotia, a goal that was finally achieved on 26 April 1918. She also worked tirelessly to improve health and education services as president of both the Maritime Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and the Halifax Local Council of Women, and as a member of the National Council of Women of Canada. Her spirited oratory and convincing essays greatly helped women affirm and expand their role in public life.

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
English plaque inscription



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