BC: I hope you enjoyed my digital scrapbook! | By: Nicki I. Elbow Park Elementary School
FC: Our Family History | Why are the Famous Five considered Heroes? October 7, 2009 By: Nicki I. Elbow Park Elementary School
1: Argument #2 What would life be like if the Dower Law didn't exist? | Argument #3 How did the Famous Five get the vote for women? | All of these Arguments are about what the Famous five did, and why I think they are heroes. | In this presentation you will learn about : | Introduction | Argument #1 What would life be like if women were
2: The Famous Five | Emily Murphy | Henrietta Muir Edwards | Nellie McClung | Louise McKinney | Irene Parbly
3: The Famous Five The Famous Five were amazing, remarkable women. They made the "Persons Case", the "Dower Law", got the vote for women, and much more. They never imagined themselves being heroes, but without them, society would be very, very different. They changed the course of Canadian history by making the rights of women recognized.
4: What would life be like if Women were not made "Persons"? | Life would be quite different if Women were not considered "Persons". Women would not have the right to vote, nor would they ever be elected into government. Women would be treated with a lot less respect. The laws would be much different than today because men would still rule the government. Women would have no voice in the legal system.
5: The Famous Five discussing the "Persons Case"
6: On October 18, 1929, the Lord Chancellor of the Privy Council declared, "women are eligible to be summoned and become members of the Senate of Canada".
7: It was October 18, 1929, when women were made "Persons". It changed the quality of life for women in Alberta. Over time, this law has been called the "Persons Case". Once this law was enforced, society started dramatically changing in a positive way. Women started to get more rights, freedoms, and most importantly, they got more respect. In honor of this remarkable achievement, the Famous Five got their faces on the fifty dollar bill. There is also a statue in downtown Calgary honoring the Famous Five.
8: What was life like before the "Dower Law" existed? | In my imagination, I pictured life was cruel for women before the "Dower Law" existed. If husbands were not happy with their wives, they would sell their property and leave the wife with nothing but the children. A wife lost her estate to her husband when they got married. If the husband left her, she had absolutely no shelter, no food, and no family. Today, however, women own 50% of all the estate when they get divorced.
9: It was Irene Parbly who created the "Dower Act"
10: The YWCA One of these amazing women, Henrietta Muir Edwards, formed the Young Womens Christian Association. It was a safe and comforting place where women could go if their husbands left them. The YWCA taught these women how to read, write, cook, and many other life skills. Years after the YWCA was formed, the "Dower Act" was made.
11: It was Henrietta Muir Edwards who thought of the YWCA
12: It was definitely not easy for the Famous Five to get the vote for women. They had to write letters, sign petitions, and that was only the beginning. Women all over Canada had formed groups, to get the right to vote. Nellie McClung led the battle; she was a very skillful speaker and used irony and wit to make her point. Canadian reformers maintained a peaceful approach to the change. | How did The Famous Five get the vote for Women?
13: Women reformers in Manitoba made a play called "A Women's Parliament". It was about the government being switched, so that women were in government and men had no say in anything. The play was a huge success! | In 1918 all women citizens were allowed to vote in Federal Elections
14: Pink Teas | Pink Teas were created by the women in Canada over 100 years ago. Women were not allowed to talk about politics, so they had Pink Teas. The husbands would drop their wives off at frilly pink teas. When all of the men left, the women would change their conversation to politics, and what they were going to do to change politics. When the men came back, the women would change their conversation back to housework and children. The men did not want to attend these "teas', because it was much too "girly" for them. It was a very, very cleaver and sneaky way for the women to talk about politics.
16: Attributes | The Famous Five were courageous, determined and thoughtful. They all possessed these attributes because they had to convince people it was time for change, but they did it peacefully and selflessly. They acknowledged other peoples thoughts and feelings, while convincing them that it was time to change their beliefs about women. They were courageous enough to speak out against the laws of the time.
18: Conclusion | Why are the Famous Five heroes? I hope that you found the answer to that question in my digital Scrapbook. In conclusion, the Famous Five changed the course of Canadian civil rights by getting women recognized as "Persons" under the law. They were truly remarkable women for their time.
19: Sources | 1. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia,com/index. 2.htttp://www.canadianstudies.ca/NewJapan/mcclungunit.html 3.http://history.cbc.ca/history/?MIval=EpisContent.html 4.http://www.mta.ca/about_canada/study_guide/famous_women/nellie_mcclung.html 5.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_Parbly 6.http://www.albertaeentennial.ca/news/viewpost.aspx~id=364.html 7.http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA00061000 8.http://www.assembly.ab.ca/visitor/F5factsheet.pdf 9.http://www.famous5.ca/frames/frame_education_about.htm