Running October 6-28, 2021
"Have we not the brains to think? Hands to work? Hearts to feel? And lives to live? Give us our due!" - Nellie McClung
Nellie’s famous words along with the efforts of her suffragette sisters in the Famous Five - Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards led to the decision in 1929 by Canada’s highest court that women be included in the legal definition of “persons”. It was a key moment in time that cleared the way for women to serve in the Senate of Canada and to have a greater role in Canadian politics. Each year on October 18th, we celebrate the anniversary of the decision as Persons Day. Previous to this date, women had earned a modest number of other victories such as white and black women earning the right to vote and the right to sit in the House of Commons. Sadly, these rights were not offered to all Canadian women until much later. Asian women would not see voting rights rights until 1948, Inuit women in 1950, and Indigenous women finally earned voting rights (without losing their Treaty rights) in 1960.
Nellie’s words ring just as true today as people across the country (and the world) continue the fight for equality, especially those from Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities. Join us this October as we celebrate Person’s Day and continue to advocate for all the vibrant, vital contributions that womxn, two-spirit, non-binary and female identifying people bring to our communities with our Celebration of Women events.
Idea Exchange would like to thank the City of Cambridge for their generous support of our Celebration of Women series and Councillor Reid who continues to advocate for equality for all.
Want to learn more? Check out these resources from our Collection:
Or check out Leah's list of books with Strong Women Leads.