The Nellie McClung Foundation provides opportunities to recognize and celebrate the talents and leadership of women.

The Foundation believes in using education as a tool to further the pursuit of equal rights for all, while honouring the legacy leaders such as Nellie McClung, who have enriched our history by fighting for equality.


The Foundation knows that providing the ongoing resources and educational opportunities for today’s women and girls is essential. The Foundation continues to identify, develop and support opportunities and leadership.
The Foundation believes in celebrating successes, while reinforcing the privilege that today’s women have in being able to vote and hold political office. The Foundation’s programs and initiatives reflect these beliefs and works to further the vision of women such as Nellie McClung.

Arts Legacy Award

The Arts Legacy Award was created in 2013 to honour the vision and advance the legacy of Nellie McClung, by recognizing the contributions women make to social justice through the arts. The Nellie McClung Foundation is working in partnership with the Manitoba Arts Council (MAC) to administer the Foundation’s Award.

Celebrating 100 Years

Centennial Gala Host ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey

A momentous Canadian human rights milestone took place on January 28th, 2016, it was 100 years ago on this day that Manitoba women were the first in Canada to be awarded the right to vote.

The Nellie McClung Foundation recognized the occasion with a year of celebration, beginning with the Centennial Gala: Celebration 100 Years of MB Women’s Right to Vote, in partnership with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Let Them Howl Play

Nellie McClung’s Granddaughter Marcia McClung playing
Nellie at a performance of Let Them Howl

Set as a play within a play, a young student and her professor travel back in time to witness Nellie McClung and the Political Equality League’s famous mock parliament held at the Walker theatre in Winnipeg in 1914. Based on historical documentation of the event, this one act play is filled with humour and music leading the audience through one of the most significant events in Canadian history.

Nellie McClung Trailblazer Scholarships

The Nellie McClung Trailblazer Scholarship, in partnership with the Province of Manitoba, supports women and girls pursuing education and careers in under-represented occupations with a particular focus on science, technology, engineering and math. (STEM), business and trades.

The Nellie Awards

These awards are to honour Nellie McClung’s vision by recognizing the spirit of her life’s work being advanced by women leaders of today. The Nellies salute the contributions by these women to social justice, the arts and to promoting democracy. Nominations were graciously accepted through the Winnipeg Free Press and over 60 women were nominated for this prestigious award. There are so many amazing and accomplished women in Manitoba who have made a difference.

West End Biz Mural

West End Biz Women’s Suffrage Mural is located at 560 Sargent Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.

The mural celebrates 100 years since the vote was first extended to some women in Manitoba in 1916. The mural portrays a scene from the play “The Women’s Parliament,” a performance put on by Manitoba Suffragists in 1914, created by local Winnipeg artist, Mandy Van Leeuwen.