Eva M.

Mermaid, Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Provincial Heritage Fair

The Famous Five: Never Underestimate The Power Of A Woman

Together, the Famous Five were determined to fight for a better life for all Canadian women and the right to be considered a person under the law. The Famous Five petitioned the government of Canada in 1927 by asking, “Does the word 'persons' in Section 24, of The British North America Act, 1867, include female persons?" Through many challenges, these 5 women accomplished their goal,impacting the lives of Canadian women forever. They paved the way for young Canadian girls like me to strive for anything I want to accomplish. 

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

One of the most interesting things I learned was the amount of time and energy it took for these women to fight for change. They impacted many organizations which in turn helped so many Canadians.

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

I have learned the importance of standing up for my rights as a Canadian and especially as a woman.

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

Prior to the 1920s, women around the world had very few rights. They could not own their own property, had limited parental or marital rights, and most women could not vote. Women were even paid much less than the men for doing the same job. Today, while women still have to fight for their voice in some situations, we are viewed as people and share many common rights.