Persons Day History
Persons Day seeks to commemorate the historic decision that allowed woman to be appointed to the Senate of Canada. This day celebrates the constitutional case of Edwards v. Canada in 1929. This case would review the British North America Act of 1867 and subsequently consider women to be part of the legal definition of persons.
Five women known as the Famous Five would be the champions of this decision and case. They were Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Henrietta Muir Edwards. These activists would turn to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain in 1929 to appeal their case. Persons Day is observed annually on October 18th.
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