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Canada History Week - 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote

 Emily Ferguson, 1868-1933 

Emily (Ferguson) Murphy, was born in 1868 near Cookstown, Ontario, and died in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1933.   Throughout her lifetime, Murphy held many roles, often simultaneously, including: 

  • Author (“Janey Canuck”)
  • Fighter of injustice
  • Judge of the Alberta Juvenile Court
  • Police Magistrate (the first woman in the British Empire to be so appointed)
  • Minister’s wife
  • Mother
  • National President of the Canadian Women’s Press Club
  • Political activist
  • President of the Federated Women’s Institutes of Canada
  • Social reformer
  • Suffragette
  • Vice-President of the National Council of Women
  • One of the “Famous Five” who petitioned the English Privy Council for women to be considered “persons” and therefore qualified to be appointed to the Senate of Canada.  She was quoted as saying “Every duty in life fits you for another duty.” 

Emily Ferguson reviewing police in Edmonton, June 1922 

In this image, found in the Fred Grant Scrapbooks Collection, she is reviewing the police at Edmonton, June 1922.  Pictured are:  Mayor David Duggan, Magistrate Emily Murphy, General W.A. Greisbach and Chief Constable Anthony Shute

For more on the 100th anniversary of women's first right to vote in Canada please visit the Government of Canada website.



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