Never explain, never retract, never apologize. Just get the thing done and let them howl.”Nellie McClung
Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Henrietta Muir Edwards are known throughout Canada as the The Famous Five. Together, they fought for the right of women to be recognized as persons in the eyes of the law. This meant that women would be allowed to hold public office, serve on juries, and be treated as equals in the eyes of the law.
The Famous Five’s efforts were successful and in 1929, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that women were to be considered persons under the law. This was a major victory for the women’s rights movement in Canada. The legacy of the Famous Five continues to this day, and their efforts are remembered as a major milestone in the fight for gender equality in Canada.
Emily Murphy was born in Cookstown, Ontario in 1868. She was a lawyer and a judge. She was the first woman in the British Empire to be appointed a magistrate. She was also a writer and a suffragist. She wrote several books, including The Black Candle and The Impressions of Janey Canuck Abroad.
Nellie McClung was a Canadian feminist, politician, and social activist who played a pivotal role in the fight for women’s suffrage in Canada. Born in 1873 in Chatsworth, Ontario, she was a teacher before becoming a writer and speaker.
Louise McKinney, a Canadian politician and suffragist, was born in Frankville, Ontario in 1868. She was the first woman elected to the Alberta Legislative Assembly in 1917.
Irene Parlby, a Canadian politician and suffragist, was born in London, England in 1868. She was the first woman appointed to the Alberta Legislative Council in 1916.She was a leader in the fight for rural rights, and was the first woman to be appointed to the cabinet in Alberta.
The rejoicing all through Canada was not so much that it opened the door of the Canadian Senate to women, as it was that it recognized the personal entity of women, her separate individuality as a person.Henrietta Muir Edward’s
Henrietta Muir Edwards was a Canadian suffragette, social reformer, and feminist. Her work was instrumental in the fight for women’s rights in Canada. She was a founding member of the National Council of Women of Canada