S: What If Women Were Not Persons Today?
BC: The End
FC: What If Women Were Not Persons Today?
1: What If Women Weren't Persons Today?
2: The Famous Five were a group of women who fought for and changed women's rights. They were named Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung and Louise McKinney. They protected women from losing everything they had when divorced, and they fought for women's suffrage. They helped women in so many ways, that now, they are considered heroes.
3: In this book you will learn about what the Famous Five did to make many of our lives better and what it would be like for women to live if the famous five didn't make women persons by law.
4: She got her friends, Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney and Nellie McClung to sign. It worked. The law got passed, and now in the whole British Empire, women were persons by law. Irene Parlby, just like all other women of the famous five, helped women a lot. | Property rights It would be very hard to live if women weren't persons by law. If a couple divorced, the husband took all the property and the wife was to be left alone with no property, no money, and nothing to live with. Not only divorced women lost things, when they married, they could not have a job. Irene Parlby wasn't very happy about that, so she asked the Canadian government if they could change that. She pleaded and pleaded, but the government didn't give in. She thought, "If that doesn't work, maybe the government of the British Empire could help", but she needed five signatures to start a petition.
5: If the Famous Five had not improved women's rights, pink teas would still be held today. Men would not know about women talking about politics, and women would still be arrested for talking about politics openly. | Pink Teas Pink Teas were when women had illegal meetings. One woman would invite other women for a "Pink Tea", the room would then be filled with frilly things, so the men would not come in and see what they were doing. As soon as the last man dropped off his wife, all the pink things would be thrown off the table and the hidden things about politics would be put on. As soon as a man was seen, the politics things would be hidden and the girly pink teacups and teaspoons would be put back on.
6: Right To Vote Until 1884 no women had the right to vote. Only European men who owned property could. In 1884, only widows and unmarried women could vote municipally in Ontario. | In 1916, all Alberta women get the right to vote. In 1917, women who were British and who had relatives in the armed forces could vote on behalf of their husbands. In 1919, all women were allowed to vote. | In all provinces except Quebec, women could vote. Quebec women achieved the right to vote in 1940. All this happened because Emily Murphy, with the help of the rest of the Famous Five, made women persons by law.
7: Because women are persons now, they can vote so that everyone is represented in parliament, and not just males. Had the Famous Five not achieved female suffrage, women would not have a say in government.
8: Canada was one of the first countries that attained female suffrage. Here are some others who granted females the right to vote early. | New Zealand: 1893 Australia: 1902 United Kingdom: 1918 Netherlands: 1919 United States: 1920 Here are some later ones. South Africa: 1930 (white women) 1994 (black women) Switzerland: 1971 Oman: 2003 UAE: 2006 Saudi Arabia still has no female suffrage.
9: Participation In Politics Agnes MacPhail was elected in the federal parliament in 1921, she was the first woman to be elected in Canada. Louise McKinney was the first woman in Alberta to be elected. She was elected in 1917 | Nowadays there are a lot of women in the government, but still not as much as men. If the Famous Five did not achieve women's participation, some political parties may not have existed today. For example, the Green Party, who's leader is Elizabeth May.
10: Conclusion In this book you read about the Famous Five and how they changed Canada. The Famous Five achieved many things for women: They improved property rights for females, achieved women's right to vote and helped women participate in politics.
11: Sources: - www.famous5.ca - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/famous_five_(Canada) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Women%27s_suffrage#Canada - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnes_ Macphail - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women's_ suffrage - http://www.greenparty.ca/