Yesterday, the PEI Status of Women was delighted to co-host a lunch-and-learn event with the Atlantic Social Economy and Sustainability Research Network. About 20 people attended to learn more about the process, results, and lessons learned from the Status of Women 2009 Equality Report Card for PEI.
And we ate cake to celebrate Persons Day. Persons Day is marked every October 18 in Canada to celebrate the anniversary of the date when Canadian women were declared “persons” under the law. This change came about as a result of efforts of pioneering women known as the “Famous Five” who took their case that women are “persons” to the courts. The “Famous Five” were Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards. This year is the 80th anniversary of their success in the Persons Case. The “Famous Five” were named honorary Canadian Senators this year. They are the first people ever to be named “honorary senators.”