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nelliebwNellie McClung
(1873-1951)

Born October 20, 1873 on a farm near Charsworth, Ontario. Nellie Mooney moved west with her family in 1880. At the age of ten, Nellie Mooney began her formal schooling at Northfield School fifteen miles north of Pelican Lake. She continued there until the age of sixteen, when she attended the Normal School in Winnipeg where she received her teaching certificate. Upon the receipt of her certificate she began teaching at Hazel School (a few miles from Manitou). While teaching in Manitou, she was introduced to the Women's Christian Temperance Union and the suffragette activites of her future mother-in-law, Mrs. Annie McClung.

After moving to Winnipeg in 1911, she participated in the suffrage movement which won the enfranchisement of women in 1916.

As a member of the 1918 Canadian War Conference and the World Ecumenical Conference, the Alberta Legislature 1921-26, a Governor of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 1936-42 and a delegate to the League of Nations in 1938, Nellie McClung, novelist, politician and reformer worked for political and social recognition for women.