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BCTF women advocate for equality at school and in society

Throughout our history, BCTF members have been energetic defenders of equal rights for women, who have always comprised the majority of teachers in the province.

Just three months after the Federation was founded, women in BC finally won the right to vote after a long struggle by suffragettes.  The provincial government of the time was led by Liberal Premier Harlan Brewster and the legislation was passed on April 5, 1917.

Among the early leaders of the BCTF Status of Women program, Linda Shuto, Gale Tyler and Jane Turner faced down blatant sexism from education ministry officials, school administration, and even teaching colleagues.