Canada is destined to be one of the great nations of the world and Canadian women must be ready for citizenship. −Nellie McClung
Though more than 60 years have passed since noted suffragist and member of the Famous 5, Nellie McClung, penned these words in her autobiography, they remain as relevant today as ever.
When The Famous 5 – five courageous, idealistic women – stepped forward onto the world stage in 1929, challenging laws and convention to insist that women were indeed “persons,” they altered the world. Not only did they change all Commonwealth nations’ law to enable women to become Senators, but they also set an interesting example of the power of women who work together as leaders and nation builders.
Inspired by their example, The Famous 5 Foundation seeks to help the current and the next generation of Canadian women to become “ready for citizenship” – to realize their vast potential for leadership and public service.
We do this through the recognition and support of today and tomorrow’s women leaders. Our activities include sponsoring Enbridge Famous 5 Speakers Series dinners and inspired learning.
The Foundation also works to commemorate and spread awareness of the accomplishments of the Famous 5. This has included the creation of larger-than-life bronze monuments at Olympic Plaza in Calgary and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, a Famous 5 Millennium postage stamp, and a ‘Nation Builders’ $50 bill.
In 2009, on the 80th Anniversary of the ‘Persons’ Case, the Government of Canada named the Famous 5 Honorary Senators posthumously.
Every person is a nation builder.
We are determined that women’s voices will be heard and celebrated so that acts of courage continue the legacy of the Famous 5.
What is this Web Site about?
This website is for the Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The series attracts a large number of women in Fort McMurray to 5 speaker events each year. On this website, you can learn about those events, connect with other women, and discuss topics that are introduced during the talks.