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By Bob Ferris, Acting Chief of Public Programs
A monument to Canada's Famous Five was unveiled in Calgary on October 18, 1999 to mark the 70th anniversary of the 'Persons' case. A replica will be unveiled in Ottawa in October, 2000, the first sculpture of Canadian women to grace Parliament Hill.
The larger than life bronzes, sculpted by Barbara Paterson of Edmonton, honour Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Nellie McClung. The work depicts them as they might have appeared on hearing the news of the Privy Council's ruling. Standing behind an empty chair, Emily Murphy, with a triumphant gesture beckons to visitors, men and women equally, to have a place at this celebration of a new day for women in Canada.
The National Archives will be taking part in events related to the unveiling in Ottawa.
The Famous 5 Foundation [www.famous5.org/]
Women's History Month - Intro [http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/whm-mhf/index-eng.html]
The Irene Parlby Fonds from the General Inventory of the National Archives