Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Centennial Of Women

2016 also marks an important anniversary for the suffrage movement in Canada, and this joint exhibition from Library And Archives Canada and the Canadian Museum For Human Rights chose an interesting location for a series of portraits of women down through that time- along the Rideau Canal at the base of the Bank Street Bridge during Winterlude. In 1916, Manitoba was the first of our provinces to enact voting rights for women as part of the larger suffrage movement of the time, with the other provinces and territories following. 

The summer time water level mark can be clearly seen on the structure of the bridge. I'm adding a link before the portraits that I photographed for you to look up more on these women. Where there are no suitable links, I'm adding the panel information.










Agnes Macphail. This is a portrait done by the photographer Yousuf Karsh.






Adrienne Clarkson. This one is done by the musician Bryan Adams, who when he's not performing spends time as a portrait photographer.

32 comments:

  1. A fine group of strongly influential women William. I always think that even though many women were recognised for their achievements there were many more who slipped the net, c'est la vie!

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  2. That women around the world have a beautiful day today and ever!

    Tomás.

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  3. A nice post from you for Womans Day!

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  4. Thank you for remember the day. I didn't. Was this exhibit outdoors?

    Janis
    GDP

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  5. @Grace: thank you!

    @Tomas: oddly I hadn't known when I scheduled this about the day, so very good timing.

    @Marianne: great timing in this case.

    @Hilary: thanks!

    @Janis: yes, all of it.

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  6. What a nice tribute...and wonderful portraits.

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  7. If Hillary loses here, maybe she'll try for Canadian citizenship so she can be your next Prime Minister. She's determined to run a country. I don't think she cares which one.

    Seriously, it's an impressive exhibit.

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  8. Everything is interesting, but I was really impressed by the summer time water level mark!

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  9. They had to be a very strong force as they had a formidable challenge. They can not be recognized enough.

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  10. @Janey: each portrait is quite distinctive, I think. Hard to pick a favourite.

    @Norma: I thought it was a good idea- and an unusual setting!

    @Sharon: indeed!

    @VP: it looked to be over five and a half feet above the ice level.

    @Red: they definitely had big challenges, those women of a century ago, and those who followed in their footsteps.

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  11. Thanks. I am grateful to know these women - and grateful TO them!

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  12. Awesome phlog William; I had no idea Brian Adams was a hobbyist photographer.

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  13. i have always enjoyed the name Rosemary. i wonder why they don't use names like that any more? such tradition. ( :

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  14. Nice tribute indeed. I seen that Nancy Reagan was 94 in passing and she not only was the wife to Ronald Reagan but she was a women of dignity to a lot of women.

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  15. That's brilliant. Not that I'd be able to see it, I'd be crawling on all fours... :-)
    I didn't know that Adams took photos...

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  16. @Cloudia: you're welcome.

    @Karl: thank you!

    @Marie: he's pretty good at it, actually.

    @Beth: that is a good name.

    @Carolann: thank you!

    @Ciel: I've got one of his photobooks, all on Canadian women. He worked pretty much in black and white for that one.

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  17. The women all look proud and strong.

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  18. What a fabulous display, William!

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  19. A lovely recognition of these ladies. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Beautiful and strong women! Nice timing for this post too.

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  21. A nice tribute, but too most of the women in this world are not so fortunate.

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  22. Thank you for posting this. A very inspiring display.

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  23. @Marleen: they do.

    @RedPat: I thought so.

    @Denise: you're welcome.

    @Lois: great timing!

    @Mari: true.

    @Debs: you're welcome.

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  24. Canada and Great Britain were ahead of the U.S. in women's suffrage. I've seen the faces of many U.S. suffragettes but not Canadians. These are beautiful portraits.

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  25. I had forgotten about this world-wide celebration. We just don't hear too much about it in the U.S. Mostly our politicians don't much like women. I think they're afraid of them!

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  26. Great post and tribute to these pioneering women.

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  27. I have a book of Bryan Adams' portraits. He is an excellent photographer.

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  28. Wonderful tribute for these strong women.
    Were the portraits shown under one of the bridges?

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