OTTAWA, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Dr. K. Kellie
Leitch, Minister of Status of Women, issued the following statement on
the occasion of Persons Day:
"On this special day, we commemorate the remarkable contributions of the
'Famous Five'. In 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. This historic decision allowed women
to be appointed to the Senate of Canada, and paved the way for their
increased participation in public and political life.
The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of this historic date
for all Canadians. Persons Day reminds us of the exceptional and worthy
contributions that women have made and continue to make to our nation.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to join me
in marking this important day."
SOURCE: Status of Women Canada
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Office of the Hon. Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, P.C.,
O. Ont., M.P.
Minister of Labour and Minister of
Status of Women