Suffrage & Woman's Rights



Suffrage: The right to vote


The political change that woman experienced is the right to vote and to represent their areas in government (aka. The right to run for office)


The persons act included Robert Borden (Canada’s prime minister at the time) who refused to allow a woman judge (Emily Murphy) to be a senator. The British North America Act allowed only qualified persons to be senators. However the old British definition defined woman as only persons in pains and penalties but not for rights and privileges. Four women including Murphy went to the Supreme Court of Canada to argue that woman are persons. The Supreme Court refused, therefore they went to the Privy Council in Britain and they overruled the Supreme Court’s decision, making woman considered as persons.


A misconception is that only women were fighting for Woman’s Suffrage, however there were men that helped as well.