I am a person. That may seem to be a rather strange thing to post, but before October 18, 1929, in Canada, women were *not* persons.
But on October 18, 1929, Canadian women were declared “persons” under Canadian law. And for that, I give thanks to five other ‘persons’… the Famous Five: Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie Mooney McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney, Emily Murphy, Irene Marryat Parlby
… and the men who “stood with them.” (http://www.famou5.ca/the-persons-case/)
I am a person. And I will vote, with gratitude (after familiarizing myself with the candidates by reading their literature, asking them questions, participating in all-candidates meetings) in local elections, provincial elections, federal elections. I hope that all other persons will, too.
(When were women declared to be persons: The last line of the judgement reads, “Understood to mean ‘Are women eligible for appointment to the Senate of Canada,’ the question is answered in the negative.” This judgement was overturned by the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on October 18, 1929. This case came to be known as the “Persons Case”).
© June Maffin