Sunday, October 18, 2009

Women are Persons too! Day in Canada

On October 18, 1929, the Canadian Supreme Court determined that women are "Qualified persons under the law." This meant women could be appointed to the Senate, Judiciary, and were entitled to all the rights and privileges granted under the Canadian constitution, known as the British North America Act. Eighty years ago, Canadian women were fully enfranchised (except for the women of Quebec, who weren't granted the right to vote until 1940). Only eighty years ago-literally in the lifetime of our grandmothers. We've still got a long way to go for women to be fully equal citizens, both as the de facto reality of laws on the books and facts on the ground.

Check out some more info on Person's Day and October as Women's History Month in Canada here:

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