R-191 Saskatchewan. Premier’s Office, file 3.4, Women’s franchise petition M-Z, 1913
In the early 20th century, Saskatchewan women began campaigning for the right to vote in elections. The issue of women’s suffrage was raised in the Saskatchewan legislature in 1912 and most members supported the concept; however, Premier Walter Scott argued that women had to prove that they really wanted the vote before the government would consider extending the franchise. This challenge prompted women to send hundreds of letters and petitions to the Premier including the petition that is reproduced here. Even with the petitions and letters, Premier Scott did not take immediate action and it was not until 1916 that women were granted the right to vote in Saskatchewan. The hundreds of petitions and letters that the women of Saskatchewan sent to Premier Scott between 1912 and 1916 are preserved in the Permanent Collection of the Provincial Archives.