Persons Day

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Persons Day is celebrated on October 18.

The historic decision to include women in the legal definition of "persons" was handed down by Canada's highest court of appeal – the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain – on October 18, 1929. This gave 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.

October 18 is now celebrated as Persons Day, and the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case are awarded each year in October to mark the historic Persons Case decision.

The five women who pursued the case have become known as the Famous Five. They were journalists, magistrates and politicians who were influenced by a number of reform movements that took root in the early twentieth century. Their arduous legal quest, which began in 1927, resulted in a milestone victory and was a turning point for equality rights in Canada.

This year

This year, the Government of Canada celebrates Persons Day,by recognizing the countless remarkable women whose actions have changed the course of Canada’s democracy. From the Famous Five to Mary Two-Axe Early, our past is filled with stories of extraordinary women who stood up for their rights and advanced gender equality for all.

“#BecauseofHer” we have a voice

This year we acknowledge that “Because of Her”, Canada’s democracy is stronger than ever. Persons Day reminds us all that women’s voices matter. When women step forward and make themselves heard, the changes they create benefit us all.

Women. Are persons.

Women.
Are persons.
In 1929, these words were revolutionary.
Before this, the word "persons", as it appeared in the
British North America Act, did not include women.
When five extraordinary women launched a legal challenge,
it would alter the course of Canadian history.
They became known as the Famous Five and their legal battle was
known as the Persons Case.
On October 18th 1929, women were declared "persons"
under the law in Canada.
This allowed women to become Senators.
More than this, the decision paved the way for women to take
part in all aspects of public life - as leaders,
law-makers and reformers.
The fight for equality up to us now.
We can preserve the legacy of the Famous Five by taking action
for gender equality - on Persons Day and every day.
Together, we can realize their vision of an equitable Canada,
with opportunities for all.

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