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Famous Five Monument
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Famous Five Monument, Winnipeg
Famous Five Monument
Left to right: Henrietta Muir Edwards, Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney and Nellie McClung
(Photo by Gordon Goldsborough/reprinted with permission)

The Nellie McClung Foundation commissioned this bronze monument of the "Famous Five" as a commemoration of these notable women for the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building. The bronze sculpture was created by Helen Granger Young, at a cost of approximately $750,000. This monument was unveiled on June 18, 2010.

Judge Emily Murphy, along with Henrietta Muir Edwards, Irene Parlby, Louise McKinney and Nellie McClung (all Albertans) petitioned the Supreme Court of Canada and then the Judicial Council of Britain's Privy Council in the famous Persons Case. In 1928 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that women were not "persons" who could hold public office as Canadian senators, but the British Privy council ruled otherwise in 1929.

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