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October 18, 2012

October 18 is Persons Day in Canada

The historic decision to include women in the legal definition of "persons" was handed down on October 18, 1929 by Canada's highest court of appeal at the time – the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain. This gave women the right to be appointed to the Senate and paved the way for women's increased participation in public and political life.  October 18 is now celebrated as Persons Day.

The five women who pursued the case have become known as the "Famous Five." They were journalists, magistrates or politicians. Their legal quest, which began in 1927, reached the highest level of appeal which ultimately pronounced women "persons". It is a notable victory for equal rights.

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