Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:30am – 12:30pm
This free, all-ages event will feature talented student performers, spoken word, historical stories, and educational facts about Canadian history!
Multi-instrumentalist Charlena Russell will be performing a special acoustic performance series with spoken word artist Barb Day.
Charlena Russell CD giveaway!
Charlena will be giving away 30 copies of her second acoustic album (10 per location)! All you have to do is take a picture of the performance and post it with the hashtag #PersonsDay2017 and show it to her after the show!
The City of Cambridge, Idea Exchange, and Cambridge Mall will have three pop up performances to raise awareness and celebrate Persons Day!
9:30 a.m. – Cambridge Market, 40 Dickson St.
11:00 a.m. – Idea Exchange (main foyer), 1 North Square
12:00pm – Cambridge Centre Mall (outside of the Bay), 355 Hespeler Rd
What is Persons Day?
The historic decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons” was handed down by Canada’s highest court of appeal—the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain—on October 18, 1929. This gave women the right to be appointed to the Senate of Canada and paved the way for women’s increased participation in public and political life.
The five women who pursued the case have become known as the Famous Five. They were journalists, magistrates and politicians who were influenced by a number of reform movements that took root in the early twentieth century. Their arduous legal quest, which began in 1927, resulted in a milestone victory and was a turning point for equality rights in Canada.