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Nellie McClung
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Politician
    (October 20, 1873-September 1, 1951)
    Born in Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada
    One of the Famous Five
    Irish Methodist father and a Scottish Presbyterian mother
    Graduated from a Winnipeg normal school (1889)
    Wrote 'Sowing Seeds in Danny' (1908), 'The Second Chance' (1910), 'The Black Creek Stopping House and Other Stories' (1912), 'In Times Like These' (1915), 'The Next of Kin' (1917), 'Three Times and Out' (1918), 'Purple Springs' (1921), 'Painted Fires' (1925), 'Clearing in the West' (1935), 'Leaves from Lantern Lane' (1936), 'More Leaves from Lantern Lane' (1937), 'The Stream Runs Fast' (1945), 'The Morning After Dawn' (1950), 'When Christmas Crossed 'The Peace'' (1953), 'All We Like Sheep' (1976), 'Be Good to Yourself' (1980), 'Flowers for the Living' (1991)
    One of the founders of the Political Equality League (1912)
    Elected to Alberta Legislature (1921)
    Delegate to the League of Nations (1938)
    She was a Eugenicist who campaigned for the sterilization of the mentally retarded and the dregs of society.
    At the Mock Parliament of Women, she satirized Premier Roblin, who didn't help her support women's rights (1914).
    She supported World War I.
    Her literary works were forgotten for a decade, only to be rediscovered again during the 1960's.
    Her marriage was considered a happy one, as she was fond of her mother-in-law.
    She advocated for women's rights, legal and financial rights for married women, factory safety regulation, and several other issues.
    She toured Europe, Canada and the United States in order to gain support for her cause.
    She received a teaching certificate when she was 16 (1889).
    Her use of charm, humor and gifted oratory enabled her to gain international support.
    When she entered an American short-story competition, a publisher was so impressed by her writing skills that he recommended her to expand what she wrote into a novel, which she did (1902).
    As one of the Famous Five, she persuaded the Supreme Court of Canada that women were included as 'persons' (1930).
    She even advocated for temperance and prohibition.

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