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The Famous Five: Heroes for Today
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Famous 5: Heroes for Today

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Statue of Irene ParlbyWelcome to The Famous 5, Heroes for Today website, a multimedia resource dedicated to chronicling the lives and achievements of the five visionary women from Alberta who have become known simply as the Famous 5.

The Heritage Community Foundation, in partnership with the Famous 5 Foundation and CKUA Radio Network, are thrilled to unveil this dynamic source of information to be shared by all users of the World Wide Web.

In 1929, Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Nellie McClung fought for the recognition of women as persons under the British North America Act. Though the Persons' Case remains one of their most significant achievements, the Famous 5 dedicated their lives to improving their communities in innumerable ways, serving to instill a spirit of strength and leadership that could be drawn upon for years to come.

Journey through this site to explore these five women, their lives, and their contributions to Canadian culture and society.

The site is divided into three main sections that are as follows:

Context: In this section, explore the ideological setting that prompted each of the Famous 5 to become publicly active.

Achievements: This section provides a discussion surrounding the Famous 5's political and social achievements, including female suffrage and the Persons' Case.

Leadership: The section documents the legacy of leadership that succeeds the Famous 5, giving life to their ideas in the modern day.

In recent years, the Famous 5 Foundation has commissioned educational resources concerning the Famous 5. One such resource has been created by the Heritage Community Foundation, who worked with the Famous 5 Foundation to develop an online interactive multimedia learning resource directly related to Alberta programs of study. Also known as an edukit, the multimedia learning resource is designed to support teaching and learning about the Famous 5 within the greater context of Alberta and Canada. Visit the website.

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