Sierra F.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Red River Heritage Fair

Emily Murphy

Looking back at the 1800s and early 1900s, women have come a long way in society. Emily Murphy played a major part in this evolution of rights and privilege of women. To learn more about her and her impact on Canada, watch my short film on Emily Murphy.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Something that really amazed me was the power of a single person that led to so much change. Emily Murphy did not accept how things were, and decided she was going to change it. The waves that it made were incredible, waves that are still evident today. I find her boldness, passion and persistence very inspiring.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Everything started somewhere. Everything has a history. Look deeper into the things we have become accustomed to, and learn about the history and origins of society in Canada. There is so much to be learned about our past that will most definitely impact our future.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

The lives of women then and now are vastly different. During the time of Emily Murphy, women weren't really even considered 'persons'. They could not own land, open a bank account, vote...They were also considered property of their father, brothers or husband. And now, it's a whole different story! Women have become great leaders. They have every right that men have. So, my life compared to the life of Emily Murphy? More different than I will ever know!