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My Great-Grandmother was not a Person My Great-Grandmother was not a person Neither was yours Up until about 67 years ago no females were We were supposed to be pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen At least thats the perception that the laws enforced For ex The Election Act of the Dominion of Canada and The Common Law of England As part of the British Commonwealth many of our laws were the same as Englands and enforced by British parliament One such law from the Common Law of England stated that A woman is not a person in matters of rights and privileges but she is a person in matters of pains and penalties This gave women second class citizenship Women were not recognized as equals to men even though the expectations of women were such that the work load was equal if not greater As pioneer women we built homes raised families maintained the homestead hunted food fought natives made clothes cooked cleaned as well as the many manual labour jobs that men held For example women worked in coal mines armories and aided the war effort via the manufacturing industry such as factorys If this is what is determeined as equality then women were getting the short end of the stick and men were receiving all of the benifit This perception still holds strong today although not as strongly Men said that women were to fragile to vote Yet no man has ever experienced labor pains Furthermore no man has fought any battle that was as hard as the one the famous five women have fought The Election Act of the Dominion of Canada states that No woman idiot lunatic or criminal shall vote So women are equal to criminals Its not a crime to be a woman We should not be judged by our sex On April 19 1916 women in Alberta were granted the right to vote A small
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