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The Famous Five

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on 15 April 2015

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Transcript of The Famous Five

The Famous Five
Who are the famous five and why are they so important?
Names of the famous five
The famous five were five women who stood up for the right for women to be persons in the law. There names were Nellie McClung, Emily Murphey, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise Mckinney, and Irene Parlby.
What happened
The famous five stood up for the right of women and how they should be treated equally to men. In 1927 the supreme court of Canada answered the five women, and said that the fathers of Confederation had not meant the word "persons" in section 29 of the British North America Acts, to include women. The famous five were now called the disappointed.
Who was affected
Well as you probably guessed it had a big affect on women. For example: Women couldn't act so men had to play the parts of the women, they couldn't even vote, and they couldn't get a job or go into the government(senate)
Nellie McClung
Emily Murphy
How Did The 5 change the world
The 5 women changed the world by finally making women equal to men; before that women were "stay" at home moms But they weren't even considered people anymore.
The Persons Case
By: Madeline, Asia and Jude
5 Women who stood up for what they belived in.

Did you know that Nellie McClung was a famous author and speaker who helped get the right to vote in Alberta and Manitoba.
Emily Murphy (a.k.a known as the bulldog) helped change property laws in Alberta to protect women and their children; first women in the British Empire to become a judge in police court. She was the mastermind behind this project
Right to Vote
By 1916 women all across the prairie provinces were celebrating their success. They had earned the right to vote! By the end of the war in 1944-5 women were allowed to vote for the governments in Ottawa and in most of the other provinces. Around the right to vote women also were allowed to take on jobs and responsibilities. Which when you think about it is kind of strange because in our day women have most of the responsibilities.
The End
The persons case was about Emily Murphey's role as a judge. After she became a judge, Emily Murphey heard stuff like "you shouldn't be a judge, you are a women"and many hurtful things about her. The law stated that government jobs should only be held by "qualified persons"(men).Some Albertans thought that Emily Murphey should be senater of Ottawa. Was this even possible?Were women qualified persons?, Murphey decided to find out.She asked Nellie McClung and three other women: Louise McKinney,Hennrietta Muir Edwards, and Irene Parlby to help her. Some of her letter to them said:
" For the past several years, women of Canada, owing to what appeared to be a hopeless situation, took... little intrest in this matter of interpretation of the word "persons". Our action in appealing to the supreme court of Canada...(gives to) women of all parties of hope...Nothing can prevent our winning." and nothing did.
By 1918 some women were granted the right to vote and to have a say in the political future of Canada. For many other women,their race,ethnicity and religion still barred them from the vote,for them,the fight continued for 50 year's. It wasn't until the introduction of the universal right to vote in 1963.
Equal Pay
There were many struggles for women in this time but one of the main struggles was not getting paid as much as the men did when they did the same amount of work. For example, a man could get $150 while a woman only get $50.The Famous Five stood up for women in this problem and won! But it took awhile until they were accepted.

When it took place
1. True or false?Emily Murphey was the mastermind behind the project.
True or false? women got the right to vote in 1977 ?
We really hope you liked it, now you know how hard women worked to get equal rights, life for women wasn't a piece of cake.
We would love for all of you today to think that , if you see someone being treated unfair or being bullied would you help them. Now we have a question for you. If you were living in the Famous Five's time would you stand up for women and do what the Famous Five did??
The Divorce Inheritance Law
The divorce law was a terrible law if a man married a women if they got divorced the man would get all the money. They would also have the right to take the womens house and the children! The Famous Five did not approve or even think it was a good idea. They started to protest and got others to protest and get others to protest even some men/boys protested. The Famous Five once again failed to do so but never gave up. Once they won the right of law they of course changed it!!

True or false?They failed to do want they dreamed of doing
Why was this issue important?????????
True or false?Emily Murphey was not a judge
This issue was very important. It had a very large impact on women as we mentioned before. The famous five won and lots of women were excited and relieved that they finally had the right to be persons in the law!!!!
True or false?Nellie McClung was a author and spaeker?
A Little Video
Irene Parlby
Irene Parlby was elected to the Alberta Legislature and helped push 18 bills to improve plight of women and children.
Louise McKinney
Louise McKinney played a leading role for bringing women the vote in 1929
Hennrietta Muir Edwards was the oldest one out of the famous five, she was born in 1849 and died in 1931
Hennrietta Muir Edwards
Stories about the famous five
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