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The Famous Five on Parliament Hill: a Second Unveiling
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.
Maquette of the Famous Five monument situated on Parliament Hill. Photo courtesy of
Public Works and Government Services Canada, Parliamentary Precinct Directorate and
the Digital Simulation Laboratory.
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.
Detail of the maquette of the statue of the Famous Five, which depicts their reaction on hearing of the
judgement of the Privy Council in Great Britain declaring women 'persons', and eligible
to sit in the Senate. Courtesy of the Famous 5 Foundation, Calgary, Alberta. Photo by Mark Mennie.
Follow these links to learn more about Women in Canada
The Famous 5 Foundation [www.famous5.org/]
Women's History Month - Intro [http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/whm-mhf/index-eng.html]
ARCHIVED - Celebrating Women's Achievements
The Irene Parlby Fonds from the General Inventory of the National Archives
Are Women Persons? The “Persons” Case