Unused postcard, private collection.
The right to vote didn't come quickly or easily for many.
Don't forget to vote, 12 May, 2009 in British Columbia!
In British Columbia, women gained the vote provincially in 1917 and Mary Ellen Smith (née Spear, 1861-1933) was the first woman to be elected as a Member of BC's Legislative Assembly - in 1918, the first year any BC women could vote in a provincial election.
But Chinese and Indo Canadian women, for instance,
were not then entitled to vote.
Mary Ellen Smith is known for a number of 'firsts' for women and spent her life working for the rights of women and children. She was named a Canadian 'national historic person' in 2007 as "an accomplished politician in the immediate post-suffrage era who represented newly enfranchised women and brought their concerns into the
For a timeline of the right to vote in British Columbia, Canada, see