Nellie McClung is a historical figure who resisted the previous Canadian national identity in which women were not classified as persons. McClung along with four other Canadian women whom shared common interests represented all Canadian women as they showed their objections toward the Canadian government. Nellie McClung participated in several elections in hopes of having her voice heard across the nation. Before 1929, British Common Law considered women as persons in the matter of pains and penalties, but not in the matter of rights and privileges”. Eventually, the famous five were able to improve the conditions of Canadian women through their success of the “Person’s Case”. In the recent Canadian national identity, we are publicly recognized for the equal rights of Canadian women which is ensured by the 1982 Constitution Act. If it wasn’t for Nellie McClung and the Famous Five’s contribution to Canada’s development, women would remain under the title “non-person”.

'The Famous Five' on the back of the Canadian fifty dollar bill in recognition of their success in the "Person's Case" on October 18, 1929.


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