How the Persons Case Brought Recognition to Women in Canada: British common law …


How the Persons Case Brought Recognition to Women in Canada: British common law in 1876 emphasized, "Women are persons in matters of pains and penalties, but are not persons in matters of rights and privileges." On April 24, 1928, the Supreme Court of Canada answered that in 1867 when the BNA Act was written, women did not vote, run for office, nor serve as elected officials; since the British House of Lords did not have a woman member, Canada should not change the tradition for its Senate.