What do you mean, I’m not a person?!

It is hard to believe now, but at one time, women were not considered persons under Canadian law. This meant that women could not be appointed to the Senate or participate fully in public life.

All of that changed on October 18, 1929.

On this day, Canada's highest court of appeal – the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council – ruled that women were included in the legal definition of “persons”. This was an historic victory for women and one that changed the course of Canadian history.

But it didn’t happen without a fight! It took the work of five determined women who brought the case forward and followed it through to victory. These women are known as the Famous Five.

That’s why we celebrate Persons Day. Every year, on October 18th, Canadians remember the Persons Case decision and honour the courageous spirit of the Famous Five, who helped make Canada a better place for women and men.

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