The Persons Case

The Persons Case

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  • Emily Murphy was challenged by a male lawyer asserting she was not a "person" under the 1867 British North America Act. 
  • You are not a "person"
  • this meant that women were not eligible to hold appointed office which led to the creation of the famous five
  • The five Women who wouldn't resist until they were considered "persons" under the law.
  • Henrietta Edwards
  • Emily Murphy
  • Irene Parlby
  • Nelie McClung
  • Louise McKinney
  • In 1928, the issue was pushed to supreme court of Canada.
  • " we must be entitled to hold appointed public office"
  • A year later, the "famous five" took their case to the british privy council in london to be heard. after 3 months the privy council agreed with murphy.
  • to exclude women from appointed public office was a relic of days more barbarous than ours 
  • the "famous five" had won the case and were awarded womens rights!
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