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Human Rights in Canada: An Historical Perspective

A Woman's Right to Property

Winnipeg, Manitoba
1900

In Manitoba, women are a step closer to being considered equal to men.

There was a time when a woman living in Manitoba lost most of her legal rights respecting property when she married. All her property, for example, became legally vested in her husband.

Ever hear the old saying:"What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine"?

Things began to change in Ontario, in 1884. The Married Women's Property Act S.M. 1900, c.27 gives married women in the province the same legal capacity as men.

That means they can make legal agreements and buy property - just like a Caucasian man. One small step for women...

Want to Know More?

Read Manitoba's Married Women's Property Act S.M. 1900, c.27