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Unit 1: An Introduction to Law

CHAPTER 3: BARRIERS TO ACHIEVING EQUALITY

E-ACTIVITY: THE FAMOUS FIVE (p. 70)

Activity: Complete a Famous Five Fact Sheet

Did you know that women were not considered “persons” in Canada prior to 1929? Learn more about the famous Persons Case and the five women involved.

  1. Visit the Famous Five Foundation Web site to research the history of the Persons Case and the biographies of the Famous Five. Click here to download and complete the Famous Five Fact Sheet.
FACT SHEET: THE FAMOUS FIVE
History of the Persons Case
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  1. Who was the first female judge in the Commonwealth?
 
  1. How did British Common Law recognize women?
 
  1. Who wanted to be the first female senator in Canada?
 
  1. Who did the term "qualified persons" refer to before 1929?
 
  1. Why were five people needed to challenge the Constitution?
 
  1. Who were the Famous Five?
 
  1. What question was posed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1928?
 
  1. What rationale did the Supreme Court give for answering "no" to the question?
 
  1. What was the decision of the British Privy Council?
 
  1. Were any of the Famous Five appointed to the Senate?
 
Biographies of the Famous Five
Answers

For each of the five women, include two significant biographical facts showing their commitment to women's rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. In the Famous Five Foundation Web site, click on “Activities” and complete the Trivia Quiz and the Identify Photographs activity. Write in your notebook the quotations attributed to each of these five women.

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