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Nellie McClung, The Calgary News-Telegram 1917

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Nellie McClung, The Calgary News-Telegram 1917.

There are two courses open to women. The first one is to line up with the two principal parties, just slide into the one that is most convenient, taking which one comes handiest. If they do this, the most appreciable difference their entry into politics will be that the voters' list is doubled in size, the cost of elections likewise increased.

Evidently they should be able to add something other than mere bulk. There is another way. Not as easy to follow for it requires courage and thinking, but everything in life that is worth while requires that. Instead of dividing into twos and fours and marching together until election day, and then dividing into two opposing forces, why can't we new voters, who have no political past to bind us, stand together, a great independent body of intelligent, thinking, investigating, open-minded, unprejudiced women, who weigh matters carefully, gathering up evidence, listening to all sides, with patience, with understanding, with clarity; slow to think evil, ready to accord to each man his measure of praise and then acting fearlessly, courageously, without flavor of favor. Then would we truly become a terror of evildoers, a praise to them that do well.

Reprinted by permission of Women's Press.

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