Five Alberta women activists, later known as the “Famous Five”, secured the rights of women as “persons” in Canada and throughout the Commonwealth. The difficult legal battle, begun in 1927, is a turning point in the struggle for women’s equality in Canada.
This gave some women the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for women’s increased participation in public and political life. Though this decision did not include all women, such as Indigenous women and women of Asian heritage and descent, it did mark critical progress in the advancement of gender equality in Canada.
So, October 18 is celebrated as “Persons Day” in Canada!
Adrienne Clarkson is the second woman to be appointed Governor General of Canada. Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s Head of State, appoints her on the recommendation of Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson served as the 26th Governor General of Canada from 1999 to 2005.
The television host, journalist, and writer was the first Canadian of Chinese origin to become the Crown’s representative.
Her appointment marks several firsts, including the absence of a military or political background.
Thirty-two women, the first female troop, join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
The above video, produced for and published by the RCMP in 2015, features interviews with five women – three from the first female troop and two other officers – who blazed the trail for female RCMP officers.
Today, women make up approximately one fifth of the police officers in the RCMP.
The RCMP’s first female commissioner was Bev Busson, who took the helm of the force in 2006.