Searching for Izena

Part 2: Sex, Tea Parties & Cigarettes

February 16, 2021

We’re taking you alllllll the way back to 1921 Edmonton. 100 years ago, Alberta’s capital city was just a tiny place on the map, still reeling from the devastating effects of a world war and pandemic. It was also the beginning of the Roaring Twenties and gigantic social changes, including a brand new feminist movement that give birth to our very first female councillor, Izena Ross. In this episode, you’ll also meet our second female councillor, Margaret Crang, who led a wild life that included sex scandals, gun battles and even an International Peace Conference.

But despite both being brave political trailblazers, Ross and Crang’s stories have largely been lost to history. Why? Our guests Senator Paula Simons and YWCA Edmonton Board Member and former Morinville Mayor Lisa Holmes will unravel that mystery and introduce you to two Albertans you won’t soon forget.

Guests: Senator Paula Simons and Lisa Holmes

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