Status of Women

Minister's message: 80th anniversary of Persons Case (09/10/16)

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Oct. 16, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Health Minister and Minister responsible for the Status of Women Mary Schryer issued the following message today to mark the 80th anniversary of the Persons Case:

The Persons Case is a significant historical landmark in the fight for equality by Canadian women. In 1929, five Canadian women - Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Nellie McClung - who became known as The Famous Five, fought for and won the right for women to be recognized as persons, and therefore, eligible to sit in the Senate.

I am proud to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Persons Case decision. Thanks to the hard work, vision and courage of these five pioneer women, all women have moved forward on the road to equality.

As minister responsible for the status of women, and as a woman involved in her community and her province, I'd like to recognize the importance of the contributions these five pioneer women have made to Canadian history. Their actions will see women in New Brunswick become the leaders of today and tomorrow, and help us reach our goal of self-sufficiency.