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Six women are being honoured today by Governor General Michaelle Jean for carrying on the work that the ‘Famous Five’ did to make ‘persons’ in Canada.The governor-general’s awards commemorate the Persons Case of 1929, in which five Alberta women – Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Nellie McClung – won the right for women to be recognized as persons and, from then on, eligible to sit in the Senate. Here’s the info from the GG’s press release…

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case to six women during a ceremony to be held at Rideau Hall, on Wednesday, October 17, 2007, at 10 a.m.

These awards salute the contribution of Canadian women to the advancement of women’s equality and celebrate Canada’s evolution as an inclusive society. With the support of former Governor General Edward Schreyer, the awards were instituted by the Government of Canada in 1979 to honour the 50th anniversary of the Persons Case and the five Albertan women whose determination led to a landmark victory in the struggle of Canadian women for equality.

The 2007 recipients are:

Mildred Burns, Montreal, Quebec

Shari Graydon, Kingston, Ontario

Elaine Hemond, Quebec, Quebec

Wendy Robbins, Fredericton, New Brunswick

Muriel Smith, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Viviana Astudillo-Clavijo (Youth Award) Toronto, Ontario

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