OTTAWA, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Dr. K. Kellie Leitch,
Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, today joined Famous
5 Ottawa in honouring the recipients of the Governor General's Awards
in Commemoration of the Persons Case at a luncheon in Ottawa. "This
year's recipients of the Governor General's Awards have demonstrated
outstanding commitment to improving the lives of Canadian women all
across the country," said Minister Leitch. "They are leaders in the
pursuit for equality and have made positive, lasting contributions to
their communities. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am proud to
Today's Famous 5 Ottawa luncheon was held in honour of the five
recipients of the 2013 Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of
the Persons Case:
"It's an honour for me to be amongst such great women who continue to
inspire us with their dedication to the promotion of equality for
women," added Minister Leitch.
On October 18, 1929, five Canadian women - Emily Murphy,
Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and
Nellie McClung - fought and won the right for women to be legally
recognized as 'persons' in Canada. Each year, during Women's History Month, October 18th is marked as Persons Day in recognition of the Famous Five's victory.
The Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were
created in 1979 to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking
Persons Case. Each year, five recipients are chosen from across Canada to receive the
award. This year marks the 34th year of the awards, which were
presented at Rideau Hall on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
Famous 5 Ottawa is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and
educating women to become nation builders in the spirit of the original
Famous Five. The organization holds a series of luncheon events
honouring women who lead, as well as other initiatives providing young
women opportunities to participate in leadership activities.
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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