But on Valentine’s Day a century ago, all was changed.
In May 1915, 100 women with more than 10-thousand signatures came to the legislature with their demand to vote.
Possibly as a result, married female property owners did get the right to vote in civic elections that year.
In January 1916, Manitoba granted the franchise to women.
That same month, in the speech from the throne, Saskatchewan’s lieutenant-governor hinted women might be granted the vote that session.
To mark this day, Saskatchewan Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield, is hosting an anniversary celebration featuring Kim Campbell – Canada’s only female prime minister – on Monday.
Government House is also putting on an exhibit on suffrage beginning the same day.
In the meantime Canada’s next set of new banknotes will feature a woman, Finance Minister Bill Morneau confirmed on International Women’s Day.
“As we know, women are and have always been instrumental in our country,” Morneau said. “But it’s now been almost 150 years that we’ve not had a Canadian woman on our banknotes — with the notable exception of course of the Queen.”
Also in attendance was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who also revealed a special commemorative coin and a stamp to celebrate the 100th anniversary of a woman’s right to vote in Canada.