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Female suffrage was, at times, promoted as a panacea or "cure-all" for the social ills of the day. As such, many other causes huddled together under the umbrella of the Suffrage Movement.

Prominent women, like Henrietta Muir Edwards and Nellie McClung voiced the conviction that when women had the vote, prohibition would be achieved because women would vote for it.

Legislation favourable to women was also much anticipated. Suffrage leaders believed that when women had the vote, politicians would be motivated to consider the interests of women—especially around election time. Women seeking equal pay for equal work found refuge in the suffrage cause, as did women who saw a need for fair divorce and inheritance laws.

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