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Rachel Notley and Alberta’s female firsts

By Nancy Peckford      

Premier Notley is not an outlier in Alberta for her commitment to elevating women, but a wonderful embodiment of an enviable tradition in the province of dynamic leaders who have dared to challenge the status quo, and prevailed.

Equal Voice in Calgary today gave Premier Rachel Notley, pictured in 2015, its prestigious EVE Award for her commitment to advancing women in the public sphere. The Hill Times file photograph

In celebrating Persons Day every year, Canada salutes five tenacious women from Alberta, the “Famous Five,” who 90 years ago insisted that women be regarded as persons. In 1927, after hitting a roadblock with Canada’s own justice system, they appealed to the highest court of the land, which at the time was the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain. The Privy Council, unexpectedly, ruled in favour of the women.

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