Persons Day this year falls on Tuesday, commemorating 82 years since women were made persons under the law following the Persons Case. LEAF, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, is holding its annual gala Persons Day breakfast in cities across Canada over a number of mornings (Ottawa’s was already held on Friday). There is still time to book your ticket. Last year 5,000 people across Canada attended the breakfast, with 800 in Toronto alone.
The Government of Canada’s Status of Women Canada website has additional information about the “Famous Five” and the Persons Case at http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/gg/case-affaire-eng.html (English) and http://www.cfc-swc.gc.ca/dates/gg/case-affaire-fra.html (French).
As well, nominations are taken throughout the year for the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. 2011 nominations closed in June, but nominations for 2012 can be made now. The 2011 Awards have not yet been announced, but the 2010 Awards are listed and there is also a link to past recipients dating back to 1979, the first year of the Awards.
The University Library at the University of Saskatchewan has more information about the Persons Case as part of their Herstory online exhibition at http://library.usask.ca/herstory/person.html.
For more information about LEAF visit their website at leaf.ca.