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Imagine a world where your mother or sister is not considered a “person” and is not allowed to vote just because of their gender. Canadian women’s rights are at a great place today, however, it was not always like this. In the early 1900s women were always treated as second class citizens, they were not treated equally as men. Throughout history many brave Canadian women have fought for their rights to be considered as equals to men. There have been many defining moments that have elevated women’s rights and status in Canada. The Persons Case of 1929, creation of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (1941) , and Kim Campbell becoming the first female Prime Minister of Canada have all helped make a positive impact on women’s rights and status in Canada.The Persons Case of 1929 is one of the biggest defining moments in Canadian history. Before the “Persons Case”, women were not allowed to be part of the Canadian Senate due to them not being considered as qualified “persons”.1 Hearing about this, Emily Murphy, a suffragist was infuriated and along with 4 other women from Edmonton went on and petitioned to the Supreme Court of Canada.2 The group was eventually referred to as the “Famous Five.” 3 The five brave and strong-hearted women in the group were, Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Henrietta Edwards, and Irene Parlby.4 The five, after losing a 5-week long debate against the Supreme Court, went to the Privy Council of Britain and finally won. Women were now considered as persons in the Canadian Constitution. The “Persons Case” improved women’s status and rights by giving them the title of “persons” and allowed them to finally become senators. It allowed Cairine Wilson to become the first woman senator in Canada. In summary, the perseverance of the Famous Five gave many mothers, sisters, and daughters all throughout Canada the opportunity to work in the senate.When war struck again in 1939, to fight against the Nazis in Europe, a great victory happened for women in Canada in 1941.6 When the Allies kept losing battles at the front, the number of soldiers slowly started to decrease. However, there were still lots of men able to serve, but were not able to due to them being enlisted in non-combat roles to support the Allies.7 This is when the Canadian Army Women’s Corps (CWAC) was created, which let women throughout Canada fill up support roles so any extra men could go to the front lines.8 The CWAC was a “milestone in the history of women’s participation in the Canadian military.” (Barbara Dundas and Serge Durflinger). The CWAC was defining because it gave women the opportunity to work in the military and had improved their status by giving them official ranks. These women were officially considered a part of the army. In conclusion, these women showed how they helped their nation at times of desperation and due to that, their status improved.Kim Campbell was Canada’s 19th Prime Minister, but more importantly, Canada’s first female Prime Minister. She was elected as PM on June 1993.9 Her life was full of achievements.10 S

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