Important Women's Monument Moved

[Calgary, AB, July 19, 2019] -- Shortly after Canada Day an important monument moved to a more prominent place near Parliament Hill.  Installed in 2000, 'We Are Persons!' relocated from the Senate-side of the Centre Block to the temporary Senate building due to renovations of the Centre Block. Tourists and passers-by can now interact with the monument on the Plaza Bridge across from the Fairmont Chateau Laurier.


This monument is a tribute to the Famous 5: Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung, Emily Murphy, and Henrietta Muir Edwards, democratic champions from Alberta. The Famous 5 Foundation hired sculptor Barbara Paterson of Edmonton to create the monuments for both Parliament Hill and for the Olympic Plaza in Calgary. The back of the $50 bill featured this sculpture for the 70th anniversary of the ‘Persons’ Case,

When the Supreme Court of Canada ruled women could not be appointed to our Senate because they were not ‘qualified persons’, the Famous 5 persuaded the Government of Canada to appeal this dreadful decision to the highest court in the British Empire at that time. On October 18, 1929, the Privy Council reversed this decision and currently 54 of the 105 Senators are female.

 

On October 18, Canada celebrates the 90th Anniversary of this remarkable event. Please visit famous5.ca for events and how to organize your own Pink Tea in commemoration. Pink Teas developed as a subversive way for women to gather and discuss various issues of importance, including suffrage. 

 

Big Shoes Left Behind - We Found The Perfect Fit

The Famous 5 Foundation is excited to announce some changes to our board of directors. After 8 years of amazing leadership and dedication, Shauna Frederick will be stepping down as Chair of the Board. Shauna became a volunteer with the Famous 5 in October 2010 and became Chair of the Board in May 2016. Her passion for empowering Canadian women has played an important role in developing various leadership programs for young girls across the country and her avid commitment to sharing the legacy of the Famous Five has been instrumental in making the Foundation successful. 

With Shauna’s term as Chair ending, Gabriela Wilson will be assuming the position of Chair. Gabriela has volunteered with the foundation for over a year and is extremely passionate about promoting strong leadership in women. As a professional engineer, she knows first-hand the challenges of working in a male-dominated profession and hopes to continue the legacy of strong leadership programs for young girls and sharing the story of the Famous Five.

'Timing was everything': 100 years since first women elected to Alberta legislature

Calgary Herald - A far-flung Canadian province became the envy of suffragettes across the British Empire when two women were elected to the Alberta legislature on June 7, 1917. Louise McKinney and Roberta MacAdams won a long-sought-after victory while their counterparts from England to New Zealand celebrated the triumph, certain they were next. 

Famous 5 Foundation Creates Their Own Pledge to Support the International Women’s Day #PledgeForParity

Calgary – All around the world today people are celebrating International Women’s Day. It’s a time to reflect on what we’ve done, and what still needs to be done. In that spirit of progress and equality, the Famous 5 Foundation in Calgary is supporting women and girls everywhere with their own twist on the International Women’s Day #PledgeForParity.