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Memorable Manitobans: Martha Jane Elliott (1867-1956)

Women’s activist.

Born in Collingwood Township, Ontario, she began teaching at age 15. She came to Manitoba in 1890, took a teaching course in Brandon, and taught in rural Manitoba before marrying in 1894. During World War One she organized three branches of the Red Cross Society, and she was a founding member of the United Farm Women of Manitoba in 1918, becoming a board member and placed in charge of youth. She was a popular platform speaker on behalf of farm women, arguing for improved medical and nursing facilities as well as equal rights to the homestead. She was elected president of the United Farm Women of Manitoba in 1923.

She is a member of the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame.


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 7 March 2008

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