Friday, October 15, 2010 List of Ten Most Important Women's Rights Cases in Past 80 Years.

The Osgoode Hall Law School blog The Court has come with a list of the top 10 women's rights cases in Canada since the famous Persons case 80 years ago.

October 18, 2010 will mark the 8oth anniversary of the case Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General), [1930] A.C. 124, often referred to as the Persons case:
"The case is significant for two main reasons. First, by accepting that women fit the definition of 'qualified persons,' and could therefore be admitted to the Senate pursuant to s.24 of the British North America Act, 1867, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (Canada’s then highest Court) substantially advanced gender equality in Canada. Second, by adopting the now-famous 'living tree' interpretive principle, Lord Sankey provided the mechanism by which our constitutional framework has developed and maintained an organic character. This characteristic is crucial for the Constitution to remain compatible with Canadian society amidst natural changes and evolution"

"In light of this significant anniversary, is pleased to bring you, in no particular order, the ten most significant women’s rights cases since the Persons case."

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