Emily Murphy's Fight to the Senate
How Emily and 4 other girls tried to get women to the senate.
All people can vote
Your opinion doesn't matter.
By the end of 1919 women were allowed to vote but were not allowed to be appointed a judge or senators.
Emily Murphy should be in the Senate
The Alberta government appointed Emily Murphy; a police magistrate, making her the first woman judge in the British Empire.
Woman were not considered "persons" at the time so they were not taken seriously and Emily was unable to become apart of the senate according to the supreme Court of Canada.
Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, and Irene Parlby all thought that Emily should be a part of the Senate and this was not fair.
The ladies looked back to when the British North America Act was signed and figured out that the word "persons" was not directed toward specificly woman.
The 5 ladies brought this to the Judical committee and they over ruled the Suprem court of Canada. They then delcared that women do have the right and are excluded from the word "persons".
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