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Gale, Annie

Mouldy carrots (mmmm yummy!) and the high cost of housing in Calgary in 1912 helped transform a conservative immigrant housewife into a determined suffragette.

Annie Gale organized the Consumers League, the Vacant Lots Garden Club, the Free Hospitals League, and the Women's Ratepayers Association. She encouraged women to take part in municipal politics, not as politicians, but as people guided by the righteousness and justice of each issue. Obviously a very busy women!

In 1917 she was elected to Calgary city council, the first woman alderman in the British Empire. Annie served as acting mayor on occasion, again the first for a woman. In 1924, she was elected to the school board.

Mrs. Annie Gale, captain, seated second row, fourth from lef

Mrs. Annie Gale, captain, seated second row, fourth from lef