Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Rochelle Hay River, Northwest Territories

Fair address: Northwest Territories Territorial Fair

Project: The Fight to Become a Person

The Famous Five women fought for women's rights in the early 1900's.  In 1927 they petitioned the government to allow women to be eligible to sit in the senate of Canada.  Women were not allowed to sit in the senate because they were not considered "persons" under the law.

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

In the early 1900's women were not treated equally to men at all. Stealing a cow could get a man 14 years in jail, but abducting a girl would only get 5 years in jail.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

There were many amazing women who fought for better working conditions and fairness for women in politics and in life. It is important to remember that there are still many women around the world who do not have the same rights as men, and many girls who do not get to go to school. I think it is still important to fight for rights for women.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

In the early 1900's, women had to fight for property rights, voting rights and even rights to keep their children. Today, as a girl, I don't even think about not being equal. Society has changed a lot and girls are encouraged to do anything they want.

  • Evan N (Young Citizen)

    Interesting topic, good use of re-ennactments and great job speaking with a strong, clear, voice! These women played a huge part in Canadian history and I'm glad you recognized this in your video! Wonderful job overall!
    06/07/2016 3:49:13 PM

  • Lynne

    Great job Rochelle!
    03/07/2016 11:47:31 AM

  • Lida Thomson

    Well done Rochelle, you would make the famous five proud of you.
    02/07/2016 10:39:05 AM

  • Brad Mapes

    Rochelle did a amazing job with this and she continues to amaze our community of the talent she has . I look forward to the future she brings to herself and the people around her
    01/07/2016 10:38:35 AM

  • Sarah Krause (young citizen)

    Good job! Your film was really interesting to watch. You chose a really good subject on women. I hope you win!
    25/06/2016 1:32:35 AM

  • Leslie

    Well done young lady.
    23/06/2016 9:49:33 AM

  • David

    You are definitely Lisa & Rafes' daughter...amazing presentation go girl
    22/06/2016 8:58:03 PM

  • Guy Turvey

    Wow!.. Great presentation Rochelle... You have great talent (just like your mom and grandmother).. Your clear, and very dramatic presentation gets your message across perfectly... Congratulations!...
    22/06/2016 11:16:11 AM

  • Shirley Bruckschwaiger

    Great job Rochelle
    22/06/2016 3:12:54 AM

  • Velma Rowe

    Excellent job Rochelle, good luck!
    21/06/2016 3:16:42 PM

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