March 8, 2022
The Governor General delivered opening remarks at a virtual ceremony for the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case.
Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) hosted a virtual ceremony to award the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case. Each year, these awards recognize Canadians, including youth, who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of gender equality.
About the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
In 1929, five women from Alberta won the judiciary battle to be recognized as persons, therefore making them eligible for appointment to the Senate. The Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were established in 1979 by the Government of Canada, with the support of then-Governor General the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic decision. These awards highlight Canadian contributions to the advancement of women’s equality and celebrate Canada’s evolution as an inclusive society. For additional information about the Persons Case awards or the laureates, visit the Women and Gender Equality Canada website.