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Mansbridge One on One: Frances Wright

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It may be hard to believe today, but before 1929, women were not considered "persons" under Canadian law. Thanks to the efforts of five Canadian women known as the "Famous Five," that all changed on Oct. 18, 1929.  Seven decades later, Canada is unveiling a monument to the Famous Five on Parliament Hill. In this 2000 episode of Mansbridge One on One, Frances Wright, president of the Famous 5 Foundation, talks about the significance of these five women and the new monument.

Medium: Television
Program: Mansbridge One on One
Broadcast Date: Oct. 15, 2000
Guest: Frances Wright
Interviewer: Peter Mansbridge
Duration: 22:30

Did You know?


• The "Famous Five" consisted of Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Irene Parlby, Henrietta Muir Edwards and Louise McKinney. For more on these women and the landmark "persons case," please see the CBC Digital Archives clip Women become persons.

• Until the monument to the five women was erected on Parliament Hill in 2000, there were only two women represented in statue form on the Hill, both of them Queens of England. In contrast, there are 11 statues of men.

• Founded in 1996, the Famous 5 Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honouring the Famous Five and other Canadian women.

• Before becoming president of the foundation, Frances Wright had a diverse career. For 10 years, she owned six Ports International clothing stores. After selling her business, she launched Wright and Associates, a company specializing in communications, research, and fundraising strategies. She was also a founding member of the Calgary and Alberta Status of Women Action Committees.

• In 2004, Wright was honoured with a Governor General's Award.


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