October 17, 2008
For immediate release
Minister Docherty Acknowledges Persons Day in Canada
Persons Day is celebrated each year in Canada in recognition of the Persons Case, which is a historical landmark in the fight for equality by Canadian Women. In 1929, The “Famous Five” struggled for and won the right for women to be legally recognized as persons and, therefore, eligible to sit in the Senate.
“It is extremely important to recognize the political struggles that women have gone through in our collective history,” said Minister Docherty. “Canadian women owe a lot to Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Nellie McClung – the Famous Five.”
For more information, please contact Michelle Harris-Genge, Director, Interministerial Women's Secretariat at (902) 368-5557.