Women in the 18th Canadian Parliament

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During the 18th Canadian Parliament, two women sat in the House of Commons for the first time. Sixteen women ran for seats in the Canadian House of Commons in the 1935 federal election. Agnes Macphail, first elected in 1921, was reelected in the newly created riding of Grey—Bruce. Martha Black, running in the place of her sick husband George Black as an independent Conservative, was elected for the Yukon riding, becoming the second woman to be elected to the House of Commons.[1] Cairine Wilson and Iva Campbell Fallis continued to sit as members of the Senate.

Party Standings[edit]

Party Total women candidates % women candidates of total candidates Total women elected % women elected of total women candidates % women elected of total elected
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation 7 (of 121) 5.8% 0 (of 7) 0% 0%
Reconstruction Party 5 (of 172) 2.9% 0 (of 1) 0% 0%
Independent Conservative 1 (of 4) 25% 1 (of 1) 100% 100%
United Farmers of Ontario-Labour 1 (of 1) 100% 1 (of 1) 100% 100%
Independent 1 (of 13) 7.7% 0 (of 1) 0% 0%
Liberal 1 (of 245) 0.4% 0 (of 171) 0% 0%
Table source:[2]

Members of the House of Commons[edit]

Name Party Electoral district Notes
  Agnes Macphail United Farmers of Ontario-Labour Grey—Bruce  
  Martha Black Independent Conservative Yukon first woman MP from Yukon


Senator Appointed on the advice of Term from Party
  Cairine Wilson King 1930.02.15 - 1962.03.03 Ontario Liberal
  Iva Campbell Fallis Bennett 1935.07.20 - 1956.03.07 Ontario Conservative


  1. ^ "Martha Munger Black". Celebrating Women's Achievements. Library and Archives Canada.
  2. ^ Parliament of Canada: Women Candidates in General Elections