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An explaination of what women were like and how they were treated during the 1920s Women During the 1920s Canadian women benefited from the courageous acts of several leaders who challenged the legal restrictions that limited womans rights in this country Many women such as the women in the Famous Five like Emily Murphy and Agnes Macphail were all in the persons case to make womens rights become equalized Emily Murphy Nellie McClung Henrietta Edwards Irene Parlby and Louise McKinney were five Alberta reformers also known as the Famous Five wanted absolute equality for all women In doing so the Famous Five battle their was through the Supreme Court of Alberta to Supreme Court of Canada then all the way to the British Privy Council the highest appeal court for Canadians at that time The British court decisions was a triumph for Canadian women but after the Persons Case the women movement lost momentum Another famous women was Emily Murphy Emily Murphy led the battle of the Famous Five to ensure that women were recognized as person under the law by going court to court making sure women were qualified as people Emily Murphy was the first women judge in the British Empire Lawyers repeatedly objected that she was not a person under the law for appointing judges So Emily appealed the case to the supreme court and was therefore qualified as a person and was qualified to sit as a judge Murphy then decided that she wanted to take a step forward so she set out to the Supreme Court of Canada to state whether women were qualified as people in order to be a senate In 1928 Supreme court of Canada decided that women were not considered to be people so Murphy and her supporters the famous five carried the battle all the way to the British Privy Council the highest appeal court for Canadians at the time
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