McGill students have always shown an interest in political, social and moral issues, some directly related to their own campus or the Montreal milieu, but many reflecting wider concerns, inspirations or agendas. Women's issues make an appearance in the 1880s with the campaign to allow female enrolment in regular degree programmes, and politics and patriotism come to the fore with the Boer War and the two World Wars. Blood drives, charity campaigns, and harvesting wheat in western Canada have variously attracted student interest over the years. Student activism starting in the 1960s features demonstrations against fee increases, the Vietnam War, and apartheid and investment in South Africa; and for free education, input into curriculum selection and staff appointments, and a McGill Français.


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