October 18 is Persons Day in Canada!
On October 18, 1929 the historic decision was handed down by Canada’s highest court of appeal to include women in the legal definition of “persons”.
This gave some women the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for women’s increased participation in public and political life.
Alberta’s “Famous 5” were petitioners in the groundbreaking Persons Case, and fought a legal and political battle to have women recognized as persons under the law.
The Famous 5 are
- Emily Murphy,
- Henrietta Muir Edwards,
- Nellie McClung,
- Louise McKinney and
- Irene Parlby.
Visit the Famous Five Statue in Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary to learn more.
Word of the Day:Petitioner: a person who submits a formal written request regarding a particular cause
*Image used in this post is taken from this website: Persons Day – Women and Gender Equality Canada