The Notorious Mrs. Armstrong

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44m | Documentary


THE NOTORIOUS MRS. ARMSTRONG follows the political career of a lesser known yet extremely important figure in Winnipeg and Canadian history, Helen Armstrong. Armstrong, a working class mother, was well known in Winnipeg in the early 1900s where she was described as a radical agitator and often ended up in jail for her endeavours. "Outraged and outrageous" was one way to describe the woman who was notorious for her fight for equality for women in the work place. Her indestructible optimism carried her through very difficult times. She was one of the organizers of the historic 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, which saw 35,000 workers on the picket line for six weeks, until it ended in a volatile confrontation known as Bloody Saturday. Armstrong's continued actions as a union organizer helped persuade the government of Manitoba to institute the Minimum Wage Act and give liveable wages to women.

Director: Paula Kelly
Studio: Buffalo Gal Pictures
Producer(s): Elizabeth Jarvis
Cast: Pauline Broderick, Robb Paterson, Peter Bailey

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