Agnes Macphail

Telling Times

Agnes Macphail

Telling Times is a series of short historical documentaries that showcase pivotal Canadian events, people and buildings that helped shape, build, and define the nation.

On December 6, 1921, Agnes Macphail became Canada’s first female member of Parliament. Although Ms. Macphail faced opposition from traditionalists and from her own party, she remained in office until 1940, focusing on issues concerning farming, labour, and penitentiary reform. This documentary uses archival footage, text, and photographs to explore the groundbreaking political life of Agnes Macphail.