Trouble is a sieve

Trouble is a sieve to test our friends; the small ones fall through.

Nellie McClung, 1945

Source: Nellie McClung. The Stream Runs Fast: My Own Story. p.148. 1945.

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Thought and marveled

As I read and thought and marveled, a light shone around me. I knew in that radiance what a writer can be at his best, an interpreter, a revealer of secrets, a heavenly surgeon, a sculptor who can bring an angel out of a stone. And I wanted to write… I wanted to reveal humanity; to make people understand each other; to make the commonplace things divine.

Nellie McClung

Source: Candace Savage. Our Nell: A Scrapbook Biography of Nellie L. McClung. p.28. 1979. Also http://www.edukits.ca/famous/readings_mcclung.html

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The woman movement

The woman movement, which has been scoffed and jeered at and misunderstood most of all by the people whom it is designed to help, is a spiritual revival of the best instincts of womanhood–the instinct to serve and help the race.

Nellie McClung, 1915

Source: Nellie McClung. In Times Like These. p.66. 1972 ed. Also http://library2.usask.ca/herstory/nellie.html

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Tell the people we meet

Let us tell the people we meet, that there are girls working in our cities for six to seven dollars a week. Let us spend a little time figuring out what a girl can live on in decency–we will find it more than double that sum.

Nellie McClung, 1919

Source: Candace Savage. Our Nell: A Scrapbook Biography of Nellie L. McClung. p.14. 1979 Also http://library2.usask.ca/herstory/nellie.html

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Taunted into marrying

The world has taunted women into marrying.

Nellie McClung, 1915

Source: Nellie McClung. In Times Like These. p 137. 1972 ed. Also http://library2.usask.ca/herstory/nellie.html

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Canadian Supporters of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in Edmonton (1916)

Photo with permission from the Provincial Archives of Victoria, British Columbia

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