Have you heard about the Famous Five?

Claire

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How would you feel if all the boys in your schools received a computer and the girls didn’t?  What could you do?  Why would you do something?  What risks would you take?

Now let’s pretend it is 100 years ago…  You and your family have just come out to the west and are part of a new community. What does a community need to prosper?  What do you think it would be like to live in a community where people were not treated equally?

People become heroes when they see things in the world they think aren’t fair and they decide to make a difference.   Who are your heroes?Why are they heroes?

No one is born a hero.  Did you know that ordinary people can become heroes?  I do and today the Girlville Newsroom would like to tell you about 5 ladies who saw something that needed to be changed and did it.  According to the Famous Five Foundation; Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney and Irene Parlby were all very different kinds of people with different personalities, but they worked together to make the changes that were needed.

Each was a true leader in her own right: one a police magistrate, another a legal expert who founded the National Council for Women. Three served as Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta — among the first female elected officials in the entire British Empire. And they did all this before they were even fully defined as ‘persons under Canadian and British law (FYI: I will be sharing this story next month).

Separately, these five women were champions of the rights and welfare of women and children. They worked hard and courageously in the face of the prejudices and resistance of the day. Together, they formed an unstoppable force that changed the world for women in Canada and in all Commonwealth countries so in other words they did some really amazing and important things that helped my great grandmother, grandmother, mother and even me and you as well!

Starting in July and the following 4 months after I will be highlighting one of the Famous Five each month and telling you their stories.  I hope they inspire you as much as they did me!

Image Source: Glenbow Museum
Source: Famous Five Foundation

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