John’s Believe It Or Not… April 24th

* 1928 – Famous Five to take “Persons Case” to British Privy Council after Supreme Court of Canada Ruling. * 1916 Easter Rebellion begins in Ireland. * 1955 The Bandung Conference concludes * 1980 Hostage rescue mission ends in disaster * 1945 Truman is briefed on Manhattan Project

It’s Tuesday! Did You Know…

* 1928 – Famous FIve to take “Persons Case” to British Privy Council after Supreme Court of Canada Ruling.

The Persons Case (officially Edwards v. A.G. of Canada) was a constitutional ruling that established the right of women to be appointed to the Senate. The case was initiated by the Famous Five, a group of prominent women activists. In 1928, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that women were not “persons” according to the British North America Act and therefore were ineligible for appointment to the Senate. However, the women appealed to the Privy Council of England, which in 1929 reversed the Court’s decision. The Persons Case opened the Senate to women, enabling them to work for change in both the House of Commons and the Upper House. Moreover, the legal recognition of women as “persons” meant that women could no longer be denied rights based on a narrow interpretation of the law. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… April 24th”

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