The Changing Role of Women

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The Changing Role of Women

As we remember the women who entered the workforce during WWI. Many things had changed after the war which led to many controversies and fighting for social equality with men. Some of these events are called: The first female Member of Parliament, The Persons Case and of course the Famous Five.

During 1920 was a new era for the women in Canada. Hoping for educations, women’s and children’s working conditions and health. However reality had not measured up to women’s expectations. Which lead to a federal election allowing women to vote for Agnes Macphail, the first female Member of Parliament. This allowed women to finally have the right to vote and elect other women.

The Persons Case in 1929 brought forward all the issues of female political participation. Emily Murphy a suffragist was appointed magistrate in Alberta, she was challenged on the basis that only a “persons” could hold this office under the BNA Act, and that the women of Canada were not “persons” in the eyes of law. This took a lot of determination and many legal challenges for to Emily Murphy and the Famous Five for this law to be changed. This case was a milestone in the fight for the women’s rights in Canada. Which led to female senators, and even female judges one of them being Emily Murphy herself.

Emily Murphy and four other women challenged Prime Minister Mackenzie King to appoint women as a senator to make it clear of the definition of “persons” under the Constitution. They were nicknamed the “Famous Five” On October, 18, 1929 the Judicial Committee finally declared its support for the women of Canada.

Overall the women of Canada may have struggled a lot and went through a lot of controversies but in the end they ended up getting what they were fighting for. This made the rights for us women today a lot easier, this allows us to show that we are equal to men, and that we can do jobs that men can do as well. This allowed women to become...
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