Women’s History Month 2012: The Famous Five

24 Mar

The Famous Five

Today we have a special treat for TSM readers.  James Queale a social justice activist and friend of mine is becoming a contributor to TSM.  James is an expat from Canada and lives happily with his partner Tom, also a social justice activist.  Thank you James for joining TSM and sharing your passion and talents.

In the fight for human rights, the objective is to be considered a person. This word holds an extreme amount of weight because it identifies that you or I have worth.
Today I am honoured to celebrate “The Famous Five” (also known as “The Valiant Five”). This group included Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby. They are famous for launching the “Persons Case.” This case had the objective of getting women considered “qualified persons” eligible to sit in the Senate. In 1927 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against women. They were able to appeal and went to  the Judicial Committee of the British Privy Council and the case was won on October.18th,1929.
This case set a huge precedent and reminds us today that we should never let anyone tell us that we have no worth.

10 Responses to “Women’s History Month 2012: The Famous Five”

  1. Triversguy March 24, 2012 at 8:10 am #

    Reblogged this on Palace Car.

  2. nevercontrary March 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Everyone knows that only white straight men are people.
    P.S. did you see the article about the woman in north Louisiana that told Ricky boy to pretend he was shooting Obama. Classy people I live with here.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt March 24, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      Bonnie, I did see that. Sometimes I worry about you and your family and wish y’all would move to Portland.!

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