10/18/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/18/2020 10:36
Prince Edward Island Premier Dennis King today issued the following statement recognizing Persons Day:
'Every year, on October 18, we recognize Persons Day in our country. More importantly, we recognize the incredible leadership, courage and determination of Canada's Famous Five - Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards - to ensure that women were included in the legal definition of 'persons' in Canada.
While we have come a long way since that historic court decision and landmark victory for women's rights in 1929, there is still much work to be done to advance gender equality in our society. We must continue to work together to support, respect and inspire women in our communities - to ensure their voices are heard, their thoughts and ideas are valued and that they have every opportunity to become the great leaders they were meant to be.
As Nellie McClung once said, 'I believe in women - in their ability to do things, and in their influence and power'.
As we continue to celebrate Women's History Month, I encourage all Islanders to celebrate the women in their lives and all women who have fought for gender equality here at home and around the world. Canada's Famous Five, along with PEI's own Famous Five and generations pioneers, laid the foundation for a more equal Prince Edward Island. It's up to us to carry on their work, every day.'
Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Office of the Premier