Urges the Government of Canada to appoint a woman to the Senate – without success.
Government cites British North American Act (BNA Act) which states only “ qualified Persons” may be in Senate, inferring women not “qualified persons” and therefore ineligible.
In August 1927, Emily Murphy and four Alberta women – Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby petition the Privy Council of Great Britain to rule on women’s eligibility to the Senate.
On October 18, 1929 the Privy Council rules the BNA Act should apply equally to women, stating, “ the exclusion of women from public offices was “a relic of days more barbarous than ours”.
Women now “persons” under the law and eligible for nomination to the Senate.
‘The Famous Five’
A prominent suffragette and reformer.
Appointed a police magistrate in 1916, the first female police magistrate in the Commonwealth.
She wrote books/articles under the name Janey Canuck.