Dorothy Corrigan (1913-2010), Charlottetown’s Only Female Mayor

Dorothy Corrigan (1913-2010), Charlottetown’s First and Only Female Mayor

Dorothy Corrigan (1913-2010), Charlottetown’s First and Only Female Mayor

Elected to Charlottetown City Council in 1960, Dorothy Corrigan would represent Ward 2 until 1968, when she became mayor. She would serve in the role until 1972. The City of Charlottetown would be the first Island municipality to offer votes to women – at least some women. In 1888, 130 years ago this year, single and widowed female British subjects with property were granted the right to vote in civic elections, 11 years before women’s suffrage in Summerside, and a full thirty years before Caucasian women over 21 could vote in federal elections. In 1922, Prince Edward Island women were granted the right to vote and run in provincial elections. However, it would not be until 1960, when Indigenous people on reserve could vote in federal elections without revoking their status.

 

 

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