Friday, October 23, 2020

Elsie fact #22: A woman Prime Minister

Elsie did not waste time before reaching out to the larger circles of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs. Indeed, before long she was attending provincial and national events and participating actively. During the 1954 national convention, she gave a keynote address entitled "A Blueprint for Madame Prime Minister", where she argued for the importance of a woman prime minister and deftly outlined the key points of her agenda. 

This speech demonstrates her ability to have and sustain visions of how she thought the world should be even when no current example existed. Elsie was arguing of the need for a woman Prime Minister 39 years before The Right Honourable Kim Campbell would become the first to hold this position of leadership in 1993! 

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