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Women's political roles in the 1920's
Transcript of Women's political roles in the 1920's
- First female magistrate in the British Empire
- Helped pass the dower act and the married women protection act
Henrietta Muir Edwards
- First Convener of the Standing Committee on Laws
- Second female Cabinet Minister in British Empire
- Acting President of Canadian W.C.T.U.
- Only woman from Western Canada to sign the Basis of Union for the United Church of Canada
- Liberal Member of Legislative Assembly right to vote
we would not have any of the opportunities that we have today
made life easier and more comfortable women finally seen as persons
changed the lives of many women
women became respected
began to develop equality The Persons Case of 1929 was a huge step towards equality
In 1917: Famous Five put Emily Murphy’s name forward as a candidate for Senate.
Prime Minister Robert Borden refused her because she was not a “qualified person.”
Women were not considered persons
This started the “Persons Case” that would take 12 years to be resolved.
At the time of this decision, the Supreme Court decisions could be appealed to the Privy Council in Britain. The case was brought there.
On October 18, 1929, the privy counselors overturned the Supreme Court’s decision
It was declared that the word "persons" referred to both men and woman.
This was a very important change in Canada, as only when Canadian women had been legally recognized as persons could they gain access to public life and participate in all facets of life.
After 1929, the door was open for women to lobby for further changes to achieve equality.
The 1929 Persons' Case is one of the major achievements by Canadians for Canadians. uneducated decisions
the veiws on women were not completely changed and they were still resisted political aspect
personal aspect Women's political rights: Women finally being able to have a say in the government and being able to take part in the Canadian society. This included things such as: being able to vote, run for the parliament, work at the house of commons, etc. After years of trying to be heard by the government women finally achieved their goal of trying to be as equal and important as men. An advance and improvement in women's political rights showed an overall improvement and progression in Canada's status.