Presentation on theme: "- - We will focus on the “Person’s Case” & The Right to Vote for Women Discuss with a partner: Are women equal in your society? Have you had (or can you."— Presentation transcript:
- - We will focus on the “Person’s Case” & The Right to Vote for Women Discuss with a partner: Are women equal in your society? Have you had (or can you imagine) a female president? If no, then why not? Social Studies 11 Women’s Rights Movement
1929 What is a person? How can we determine if someone or something is a person or not? Social Studies 11
Ms. Wolfe is a person but her grandmother was not!
The Persons Case: The Famous Five These women had to fight for their right to be considered ‘persons’. p 60, counterpoints Read and paraphrase to your partner.
Role of women in 1920s Principle role of women = wives & mothers 1921 Federal Election = 5 ran for office, 1 was elected (Agnes MacPhail) – Every thing she did was heavily scrutinized Limited Career opportunities (nursing, teaching) Low pay, low skilled jobs 1928 = Supreme Court of Canada ruled that “Women were not ‘persons’ under the Constitution”**
Persons Case of 1929** Emily Murphy (well known supported of Women’s rights) Appointed a magistrate (officer of state..or..a judge in court) This was Challenged…only a “PERSON” can hold this position under BNA Act Women were not “Persons” in eyes of Law (1928 Court decision)
Women becoming a “Person” Supreme Court of Alberta ruled…Emily Murphy HAD THE RIGHT to hold this position! (good thing for women) The movement didn’t stop!.... Murphy & 4 other women activists (“Famous Five”) appealed to Britain to make women “persons” under the law
October 1929 – British Council says: “Exclusion of women is from days much more barbaric than ours today” “Those who ask…WHY should women be included in the word “persons”….you should ask..WHY NOT?”
HW Role of Women worksheet questions due for Tuesday Information can be found starting on p.60 in textbook