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The Persons Case
Transcript of The Persons Case
The Person's Case
Edwards v. Canada
The Famous Five:
-Henrietta Muir Edwards
Saturday, October 19, 1929
Sanya, Sophia, Natalie
Women Want Equal Rights
The Roaring Revolution
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Petition women's right to become Senators
October 18, 1927: submit petition to Supreme Court of Canada
The ruling was received that women were not eligible to become Senators because they were not 'qualified persons'
The Famous Five appeal to The British Privy Court
October 29, 1929
: The British Privy Court rules that women are 'qualified persons' and therefore are eligible to become Senators
She was the first woman elected to the House of Commons
In 1921, Macphail was nominated to represent South-East Grey County in the House of Commons as a member of the Progressive Party
Fought for equal rights rather than just women's rights
Paved the way for women in politics
: Nellie McClung asked the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba to give women the provincial vote.
Conservative Premier, Sir Rodmond Roblin turned her down, saying
"nice women do not want the vote."
McClung hosted a Mock Parliament to show how ridiculous Roblin's midset was.
: Newly elected liberal government makes suffrage a priority.
January 28th, 1916
: Women in Manitoba were granted the right to vote in provincial elections.
January 1st, 1919
: Non-Native women in Canada gained the right to vote in federal elections.
“Have we not the brains to think? Hands to work? Hearts to feel? And lives to live? Do we not bear our part in citizenship? Do we not help build the Empire? Give us our due!”
The 1920's roared for women because:
1. Nellie McClung helped gain suffrage for women
2. The Famous Five made women legally persons
3.Agnes Macphail paved the way for women in politics
(University of Calgary, Department of Justice Canada)
(Canadian Encyclopedia, Canadian History)
(Manitoba Historical Society, Nellie McClung Foundation, The Canadian Encyclopedia, CBC, Historica Canada.)