Women Are Persons!
Les Femmes Sont Des Personnes!
In 1927, Judge Murphy invited four Alberta leaders - Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung, and Irene Parlby - to join her and petition the Government for an interpretation of the word "persons" in Section 24. In 1928, the Supreme Court ruled that, according to the British North America Act, women were not qualified for the Senate. The Famous 5 then persuaded the Prime Minister to appeal the decision to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain, the final court of appeal for Canada until 1949.
On October 18, 1929, the Privy Council reversed the Supreme Court decision: "... their Lordships have come to the conclusion that the word "persons" in s. 24 includes members both of the male and female sex, and that, therefore, the question propounded by the Governor General should be answered in the affirmative, and that women are eligible
Thereafter, women were eligible for appointment to the Senate. Although none of the Famous 5 became senators, these determined nation builders achieved a victory of great symbolic importance, and their many contributions paved the way for women to participate in other aspects of public life.
The newspaper with the headline "Women are Persons" that Nellie McClung is holding reflects some of the actual headlines of newspapers of the day.
Location. 45° 25.517′ N, 75° 41.883′ W. Marker is in Ottawa, Ontario, in National Capital Region. Marker can be reached from Wellington Street. Touch for map. Monument and marker located at the grounds of the Canandian Parliament building. Marker is in this post office area: Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Rideau Waterway (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Canada’s Capital (about 180 meters away); Parliament Clocktower Bell (about 180 meters away); The Commissariat (about 210 meters away); Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada (about 210 meters away); Terry Fox 1958 -1981 (about 240 meters away); Lieutenant Colonel Charles-Michel d’Irumberry de Salaberry, CB (about 240 meters away); Nicholas Sparks (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ottawa.
Also see . . . "The Famous Five" sculpture by Barbara Paterson, 2000. (Submitted on May 14, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
Categories. • Civil Rights • Politics •
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