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Memorable Manitobans: Margaret Agnes “Maggie” Young (c1860-1935)

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Margaret Agnes Young
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Educator, suffragist, lawyer.

Born in Ontario around 1860, she taught school in the Winnipeg School Division from 1887 to 1900, during which she served as a teaching Principal of Machray School (1891-1893) and Aberdeen School (1893-1900). In 1900, she was fired by the school board after suggesting that she receive equal pay to her male counterparts when performing the same roles and responsibilities. Her dismissal attracted considerable public attention. Beloved at Aberdeen School, she received a grand departing presentation and a gold ring, inset with a large pearl surrounded by diamonds and emeralds.

By 1902, she had relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota where she taught school before receiving a law degree and becoming a lawyer. She dealt in real estate transactions and oversaw the development of her own property, including Casa Rosa Apartments on Hennepin Avenue and an another apartment block on Humbolt, both in Minneapolis, and also had farmland interests in Montana. Much of her legal work centred on women’s equality, their legal defense, and legislation affecting pay equality.

She died, unmarried, at Minneapolis, Minnesota on 26 November 1935.


“City school notes,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 22 March 1892, page 6.

“Public school board,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 13 December 1893, page 5.

“A farewell reception,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 25 April 1900, page 8.

“Dr. Benson’s resignation,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 3 May 1900, page 3.

“A question of agreement,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 20 October 1900, page 8.

“The degrading of teachers,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 23 October 1900, page 2.

“Miss Young’s engagement terminated,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 27 October 1900, page 2.

“Six thousand at schools,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 14 March 1900, page 8.

“Miss Young’s case,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 2 November 1900, page 6.

“The case of Miss Young,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 3 November 1900, page 4.

“Miss Young’s case,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 6 November 1900, page 3.

“Dismissal of Miss Young,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 13 November 1900, page 7.

“Field night for schools,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 14 November 1900, page 3.

“The school trustees,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 29 November 1900, page 2.

“From Trustee McKerchar,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 12 January 1901, page 4.

“Equal suffragists,” Manitoba Morning Free Press, 5 July 1902, page 7.

“Miss M. Young, 75, former Winnipeg teacher, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 December 1935, page 18.

“Ex-Winnipeg teacher dies in Minneapolis,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 December 1935, page 9.

Souvenir Programme, Golden Jubilee, Aberdeen School, 20 November 1942.

Henderson’s Winnipeg Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 August 2016

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