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UFA cabinet members of the Legislative Assembly.  Glenbow ArchivesWith the victories achieved by the early women's rights activists in Alberta, it seemed women's roadway into party politics was paved. Indeed many of the Famous Five began entering the Alberta legislature. Louise McKinney was the first woman to enter the Alberta Legislature; she was elected in 1917 as a member of the Non-Partisan League and retained her seat until 1921. In 1921, Nellie McClung won a seat as a member of the Liberal opposition and Irene Parlby was also appointed a Minister Without Portfolio in the new United Farmers of Alberta (UFA) government. She was only the second female to become a cabinet minister in the British Empire. Therefore, women were slowly entering government and achieving positions of high status; however, as we will see in our study of two political parties that were Alberta's government from 1921 to 1971, women's role and platforms in Alberta government were filled with contradictions. 

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