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From the CBC archives: Nellie McClung celebrated in Manitoba

With Manitoba set to mark a century since it became the first province to allow some women to vote, we look back at efforts to honour Nellie McClung, who was instrumental in the fight for women's votes in Canada.
In this CBC-TV story from March 8, 2000, Nancy Gregory reports on a travelling exhibit that highlights the work of Nellie McClung and the "Famous Five." 1:43

With Manitoba set to mark a century since it became the first province to allow some women to vote, we look back at efforts to honour Nellie McClung, who was instrumental in the fight for women's votes in Canada.

For International Women's Day in March 2000, McClung was honoured in a travelling exhibit highlighting the "Famous Five," which fought against legislation that did not recognize women as persons.

In 2008, CBC News Winnipeg host Janet Stewart profiled McClung, who was nominated for the title of "Greatest Manitoban."

"It's weird to think that it wasn't that long ago that women … weren't persons under the law and they couldn't vote," said Emilie Anderson, one of McClung's great-great-great-nieces.

In this CBC-TV feature from Sept. 9, 2008, Janet Stewart profiles Nellie McClung and the women's suffrage movement in Manitoba, as well as speaks to two of McClung's descendants today. 1:55

January 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of some Manitoba women being granted the right to vote in a provincial election.

A new exhibit that opened Thursday at the Manitoba Museum features artifacts from the suffragist movement. It will be in the museum's Discovery Room until April 10, then it will tour the country.

Watch both reports by clicking on the video players above.

This statue depicting Nellie McClung and other members of the so-called Famous Five stands on the Manitoba legislature grounds. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

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