helena gutteridge

Helena Gutteridge, 1911

Helena Gutteridge was a suffragist from Britain when she came to Vancouver around the time this photo was taken. In contrast to other early Vancouver feminists, Gutteridge was working class and concerned with the impoverishment of working women. One of her projects was the establishment of a toy making cooperative in which women could earn money making toys that were then sold in a store on Granville.

In her work life, Gutteridge was a tailor and deeply involved in the local union movement. In the 1930s, housing became her main issue and her efforts can be seen as spearheading the struggle for social housing that continues today. In 1937, she became the first woman to serve as a Vancouver city alderman.

Source: City of Vancouver Archives #371-2693