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The Disappointment

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Reading: "Three Other Persons"


Article in The Globe and Mail, March 15, 1928, p. 2Six weeks later, on April 24, 1928, the Supreme Court of Canada answered no, women were not yet to be recognized as persons by law.

The five male Justices stated that the British North America Act had to be interpreted in light of the times in which it was written. In 1867, women did not vote, run for office or serve as elected officials. Only male nouns and pronouns were used in the Act. As well, the British House of Lords did not have a woman member and therefore, the justices concluded Canada should not change this tradition.

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