Women. Are persons.
In 1929, these words were revolutionary.
Before this, the word "persons", as it appeared in the
British North America Act, did not include women.
When five extraordinary women launched a legal challenge,
it would alter the course of Canadian history.
They became known as the Famous Five and their legal battle was
known as the Persons Case.
On October 18th 1929, women were declared "persons"
under the law in Canada.
This allowed women to become Senators.
More than this, the decision paved the way for women to take
part in all aspects of public life - as leaders,
law-makers and reformers.
The fight for equality up to us now.
We can preserve the legacy of the Famous Five by taking action
for gender equality - on Persons Day and every day.
Together, we can realize their vision of an equitable Canada,
with opportunities for all.