By nice you

By nice you – probably mean selfish women who have no more thought for the underprivileged women than a pussy cat in a sunny window for the starving kitten in the street. Now in that sense I am not a nice woman for I do care.

Nellie McClung, 1915

Source: Nellie McClung. In Times Like These. p.x. 1972 ed.

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Economic Dependance

The economic dependence of women is perhaps the greatest injustice that has been done to us and has worked the greatest injury to the race.

Nellie McClung, 1915

Source: Nellie McClung. In Times Like These. p.40. 1972 ed.

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Sex prejudice

Sex prejudice and the male superiority complex, built up since time began, will not go out in one generation. And we, who have emerged from the shadows of the past, and are set free from many of its illusions, but are not yet received as members in full standing of the human family, chafe under some of its restrictions that are still laid upon us.

Nellie McClung, 1929

Source: Candace Savage. Our Nell: A Scrapbook Biography of Nellie L. McClung. p.175. 1979. Also http://www.edukits.ca/famous/readings_mcclung.html

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Canada is destined

Canada is destined to be one of the great nations of the world and Canadian women must be ready for citizenship.

Nellie McClung, 1945

Source: Nellie McClung. The Stream Runs Fast: My Own Story. p. 211. 1945. Also http://www.edukits.ca/famous/readings_mcclung.html

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Pattern of life

In Canada we are developing a pattern of life and I know something about one block of that pattern… I helped make it.

Nellie McClung, 1915

Source: In Times Like These - Page xx by Nellie McClung 1915 - 1972 edition also http://www.edukits.ca/famous/readings_mcclung.html

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I want to leave something behind

I want to leave something behind when I go; some small legacy of truth, some word that will shine in a dark place.

Nellie McClung, 1945

Source: Nellie McClung. The Stream Runs Fast: My Own Story. p. 212. 1945. Also http://www.edukits.ca/famous/readings_mcclung.html

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I am glad

I am glad… that I kept alive my own ambitions even when it would have been much easier to become “a home-loving heart who had no thought beyond her children.”

Nellie McClung, 1931

Source: http://www.edukits.ca/famous/readings_mcclung.html

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Men like frivolity

Men like frivolity-before marriage; but they demand all the sterner virtues afterwards.

Nellie McClung, 1915

Source: Nellie McClung. In Times Like These. p 51. 1972 ed. Also http://www.edukits.ca/famous/readings_mcclung.html

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Greatest and best country

I think this is the greatest and best country in all the world, with its great sunlit spaces and its long, long roads, and best of all the roads that are not made yet, and the stories that no one has told because they are too busy living them.

Nellie McClung, 1915

Source: Cochrane: Deadwood Publishing; Western Heritage Centre, 1999, p. 79.

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Who will mind the baby

“Who will mind the baby” cried one of our public men, in great agony of spirit, “when the mother goes to vote?”. One woman replied that she thought she could get the person that minded it when she went to pay her taxes – which seemed to be a fairly reasonable proposition.

Nellie McClung, 1915

Source: Nellie McClung. In Times Like These. p.51. 1972 ed.

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