The twentieth century was a significant time in Canada where women respectively gained their right for equality among men through the actions and tough times they have done to helped Canada go through, in times of warfare; they aided on the battlefield, kept the economy running when the men were overseas and they eventually ran for office in the House of Commons. Men overlooked women in the past with much disregard for the abilities that they are capable of. Women were seen in society as housewives that are made for tending the house, cooking, cleaning and looking after the children. They never received as much as education as men since their roles in society never needed them; therefore, jobs such as lawyers, politicians, and business owners weren't available to them. Aside from less job opportunities, women who contribute to society as well, never got the right to vote because they were argued to be less intelligent and less capable of making political decisions than men. People opposed to allowing women to vote argued that men could represent their wives better than they represent themselves and that women taking part in politics would lead to the end of traditional family life. As the twentieth century kicks in, things slowly began to change and women began to press for rights.
It took a long time for a women's suffrage movement to get anywhere. Mainly due to the fact that it is hard for women to overturn the convention that they grew up with, a philosophy that women should listen to their husbands because they own them, they were uneducated and ignorant which lead to the assumption that they know nothing about politics to be able to make wise votes for president or prime minister and that men are superior and they should stay that way. A public appeal was first made in a formal way in the year 1848 at Seneca Falls, New York by two reformers; Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton where the injustices suffered by women were brought up.