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S: The Famous 5

FC: The Famous 5 | By Anoop Khatra

1: Who were the Famous 5 ? The Famous 5 were brave women who struggled to declare that women were people. Each of them worked to gain womens right to vote and be treated fairly. It was very hard but they all stuck together. | Emily Murphy was the founder of the famous five and together they made history!

2: The Persons Case In 1929 a very big decision was made, women were considered persons under the law. By 1929, Alberta's women had secured many of the liberties commonly withheld because of gender, but surprisingly, women could not be appointed to the Senate because The British North AmericaAct declared, “women are persons in matters of pain and penalties, but are not persons in matters of rights and privileges.” | Emily Murphy was one of the first women to be a judge. In her early days of being a judge, she found a man guilty; but the man said "you are not a person I do not have to listen to you". This really made her mad so she did something about it.

3: The Divorce Inheritance Law | The laws that were regarding property were some of the most harmful to women. All married women held very few rights about money or property they shared with their husbands. As a result, a husband could legally sell a woman's home and abandon her and their children. This would leave the women struggling. | Some time after so much abuse some women would leave and no mater what the reason, she would right away have to forfeit all her claim, any thing and every thing. In the early 20th century it was very uncommon for divorce, this was not only because of the property laws and and so much discrimination just because they are women, but because was considered sacred and divorce was considered unacceptable.

4: Pink Teas | Before women were aloud to to speak freely about politics women would have a pink tea meeting. Pink teas were when women would get together and pretend to have tea, when the men were out of sight they would start to talk about politics and there opinions. as soon as men were inn sight they would go back into a pretend tea time. With out these pink teas, women those days would not be informed on the government and politics.The Famous Five has improved life for women in such a way that women no longer have to have pink teas to discuss politics or suffrage.

5: Dower Law | The dower law is when men and women get married and the men dose not get 100% of the land, money and kids. Depending on what the agreement was there are many ways of dealing with the land, kids and money. If it were not for the dower law lots of people would be living on the streets. This law was inspired by Emily Murphy in the year of 1716. The cause of the dower law is when on day Emily Murphy was working on her garden when see saw a women that lived on a farm and her 3 kids walking on the road. | Emily asked her what happened the women told her that her husband left her with the the kids and sold every thing that was left. Emily Murphy made a space in the basement for them. Emily Murphy thought that men should not be able to do that, which motivated her to bring the dower law into place.

6: The Vote | Nellie McClung was just one woman who is part of the famous five. One quote she once said that really appeals to me is " I want to leave something behind when I go; some small legacy of truth, some word that will shine in a dark place." Congratulations Nellie, you did, you got women the vote, which is a big thing. In 1914, Nellie McClung approached the Premier Sir Rodmand Roblin. When Nellie saw him about the vote for women, he strongly opposed to give women the vote. That same year, Nellie and her fellow reformers wanted to defeat him. Nellie achieved this by staging and mocking parliament, attacking votes for men. Manitoba was the first province to let women get the vote. This was on Jan. 29 1916 with a new Liberal Government. No sooner did Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia get votes for women.

7: Womens Fashion Rights | More on Womens Fashion | Thanks to the Famous five, women are allowed to have more variety in their wardrobe. | One really big thing that women wore were hats!! Hat's were a symbol of status and authority. Women wore hat's to cover their bad hair, since there wasn't much water to shower or bath in. Another reason why women wore hats was to protect them from the sun so they wouldn't get sun burned. | Womens Fashion Back in the 1800-1900's, women didn't have a lot of rights . Women couldn't wear certain things or do certain things. For starters, they had lot's of clothing restrictions. They had to wear long skirts as a sign of modesty and to cover their ankles. They had to cover their ankles because it is said that the sight of a woman's ankle could drive a man crazy. Women sometimes had a pair of nice shoes with a big heel for parties, but usually women wore shoes with low heels that were very comfortable. They wore these shoes because their weren't many cars so they had to walk a lot. Also, the shoes usually laced up to protect their ankles.

8: Womens Roles In Life | Education was something that women didn't have to much of in the 1800-1900's. Women weren't usually allowed to go to school past grammar school, until the age of about 10. If women wished to extend their learning, they would have to study privately. If a women was to get married, all of her possessions would go to the husband, including herself. Even though women weren't allowed to do many things, a married woman still had important jobs. She had to cook and clean. If there were children were involved, women would have to take care of them. | Thanks to the Famous Five, women have a lot more rights and freedoms, and are allowed to live life as "persons."

9: Women And Jobs | In the 1920's women could rarely land a job. It didn't matter anyway, because the day they got married, they would get fired and be forced to take on the role of a homemaker. Women wouldn't get many choices for jobs; they only could get 'traditional' jobs like domestic servants, secretaries, nurses, teachers, salesclerks and factory workers. And if they did get a better job, then they wouldn't get much business; no man would put his business affairs in the hands of a female lawyer nor would they go to a lady doctor, despite the condition they were in.

10: Thank you for reading and I hope you learner from my mix book. | By Anoop

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