EDMONTON, July 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Public Works and Government Services, Minister for Status of Women and
Regional Minister for Northern Alberta, today applauded the recent
unveiling in Edmonton of a mural of the Famous Five by local artist
"The Famous Five were a group of strong-minded, trail-blazing Alberta
women who challenged the status quo and created lasting and positive
change for every Canadian woman," said Minister Ambrose. "These women
are an important part of our country's history and I am delighted that,
through this mural, they are now a permanent part of our city's visual
The historic decision to include women in the legal definition of
"persons" was handed down by Canada's highest court of appeal - the
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain - on October
18, 1929. The five Alberta women who mounted the arduous two-year legal
challenge - Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung
and Henrietta Muir Edwards - became known as the "Famous Five."
Each year since 1979, five winners from across Canada are chosen to
receive the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons
Case. In recognition of the world's first International Day of the
Girl, which will take place on October 11, 2012, two of the 2012
winners will be from the youth category (15-30 years old).
In addition to the new mural in Edmonton, statues of the Famous Five
stand on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and in downtown Calgary.
SOURCE Status of Women Canada
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Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
Director General, Communications and
Status of Women Canada
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