Canadians may not realize that although women received the right to vote federally in 1920, it wasn’t until 1972 that the Criminal Code was amended to allow women in all provinces to sit on juries on the same basis as men. Brett Dowling and Margaret Lin were presented with primary source documents including newspaper accounts, photos and other references and were tasked with penning an essay on why it took so long for the law to change.
Dowling and Lin competed head-to-head with students from across Canada in the 2013 Begbie Canadian History Contest and scored top marks.
About the award
Cartoon: Originally published in The Times, Toronto, March 1911.
The Begbie Contest joined the Canada's History Awards in 2009.
The aim of the contest is to provide high school students with an opportunity to compare their knowledge of Canadian history with other students across Canada.
In developing and promoting the Begbie Canadian History Contest, the Begbie Contest Society believes that the effective study of our history can provide Canadian students with the opportunity to develop the research, evaluation and communication skills so necessary for citizens in modern society.
The Begbie Canadian History Contest examines Canadian History from 1850 to the present. Test your understanding of Canadian history and your ability to analyze and interpret: Statistics; Paintings; Graphs; Posters; Maps; Songs; Photographs; Political Cartoons; Advertisements; Memoirs; Diaries; and Speeches.
One prize of $1000 for every 250 entrants
A Begbie Contest medal to the top scoring contestant in each school (winning scores must be 80% or better.)
Each contestant will receive a certificate of participation.
The top English and top French contestant in the country will also receive a medal presented by the Governor General at a ceremony held in Ottawa.
Visit the Begbie Contest for more information.