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.

  • Lisa Smith

    You worked really hard on this project Rochelle. I am glad that you can get so passionate about a topic like this.
    17/06/2016 2:35:41 PM

  • Michelle

    16/06/2016 10:08:57 AM

  • E.poitras

    Very interesting and well done.Good Luck
    15/06/2016 11:51:34 PM

  • Eric

    I really enjoyed watching your video. You clearly showed what that historical moment was like. I especially liked the last line! I wonder what the famous five did right after they won?
    14/06/2016 9:15:57 PM

  • Linnea Storvold

    Wow Rochelle! I am so impressed. You have done a lot of research, planning, and a lot of work on this! Congratulations on an amazing project. Your talents never cease to amaze me! Keep up the great work :) (Fantastic accent too by the way!) Love, Madame Storvold
    14/06/2016 9:29:59 AM

  • Troy

    I can't believe that no one commented on the awesome British accent. Blimey that accent was jolly good.
    13/06/2016 11:44:02 PM

  • Eileen Hendry

    Great video Rochelle! I think I have learned something new every time I see you present your project.
    13/06/2016 11:15:12 PM

  • Evellyn Coleman

    Great job Rochelle. You'll be Iin the senate one day. I'm sure!
    13/06/2016 10:13:45 PM

  • Brent Kaulback

    Excellent presentation...informative, dramatic and fun to watch. Good luck.
    13/06/2016 9:55:24 PM

  • Barb Atwell

    Awesome!!!! Good luck Rochelle
    13/06/2016 9:09:33 PM

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