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Emily Murphy* 
Emily Murphy

In 1916, Murphy became the first woman police magistrate in Canada (in fact, in the entire British Empire). In 1927, when Canadian women were not always considered to be "persons," she challenged our constitutional restriction on women's eligibility to serve as Senators. On October 18, 1929, the British Privy Council overturned an earlier Supreme Court of Canada decision and stated that "the word 'person' includes members of both the male and female sex." A bronze sculpture of these five women is slated to be unveiled on Parliament Hill in the year 2000.


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Updated: 19 March 2008

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