Persons Day

Persons DayPersons Day - October 18

Persons Day is celebrated on October 18.

We want women leaders today as never before. Leaders who are not afraid to be called names and who are willing to go out and fight. I think Women can save civilization. Women are persons.

Emily Murphy - 1931

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.

Women. Are persons.

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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