“Agnes, you can’t be serious!”
Agnes glared at him. “Why ever not?” she demanded.
“It’s because I’m a woman, isn’t it? You don’t believe that anyone would vote for me because I’m a woman. Well, I’ll prove you wrong.”
And she did. Despite resistance and ridicule, in the 1921 federal general election, Agnes became the first woman ever to be elected to the House of Commons. “I owed it to my father that I was elected to Parliament in the first place, but I owed it to my mother that I stuck it out once I got there.”
The above is an imagined conversation between Agnes Macphail and a male acquaintance. She was the first woman to be elected to the Canadian House of Commons and the first woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.