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.

  • Brittany

    Rochelle that's amazing! You're so creative! Way to go. Keep up the acting
    21/06/2016 11:57:28 AM

  • Mia MacInnis

    Your video was very interesting! I learned about the severe struggles of women just to be taken seriously. I loved your enthusiasm towards your subject and your role playing gave me a better understanding of how little respect women got. Great job Rochelle, good luck!!
    19/06/2016 10:10:41 PM

  • Delaila Thomson

    Good job Rochelle!
    19/06/2016 10:32:08 AM

  • Eddie

    Rock on Rochelle. Your performance has made you my favourite niece.
    19/06/2016 1:45:35 AM

  • Lindsay Dechief

    enjoyed your presentation very much. Congratulations for makeing it this far
    18/06/2016 11:22:09 PM

  • IKathryn Morton

    Rochelle, that is brilliant! Great research and great acting!
    18/06/2016 8:57:11 PM

  • Shannon Buckley

    Job well done!!!
    18/06/2016 6:10:22 PM

  • Wally Schumann

    AWESOME Job!
    18/06/2016 11:26:13 AM

  • Jean Ramsay

    Thank you for sharing this remarkable history lesson. Excellent
    17/06/2016 10:44:48 PM

  • Josie

    I'm so proud of you Rochelle! You have such an interesting topic, and the video is amazing!!
    17/06/2016 9:35:26 PM

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