The Alberta 5 By: Alyssa Pittman & Liz Dorey Alberta-5 • The Alberta 5 consisted of 5 main women who devoted there time to fighting for women's rights. • Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney , Emily Murphy, Irene Parlby, Henrietta Muir Edwards Nellie L. McClung • Nellie L. McClung (18731951), novelist, journalist, suffragette and temperance worker. • She was a member of the Alberta legislature, the only woman on the Dominion War Council, and the first woman on the CBC Board of Governors. Louise McKinney • Louise McKinney (18681931), politician and temperance campaigner. She was president of the Dominion Women's Christian Union and elected to the Alberta legislature in 1917 as representative of the nonpartisan league. Irene Parlby • Irene Parlby (1868-1965), suffragette and politician. She was elected president of the women's branch of the United Farmers of Alberta in 1916 and became a member of the Alberta legislature in 1921. She was still a member of Parliament at the time of the "Persons" Case Emily Murphy • Emily Murphy (1868-1933), instigator of the "Persons" Case, writer and first woman magistrate in the British Empire. She instigated married women's rights, was national president of the Canadian Women's Press Club, 19131920, vice-president of the National Council of Women and first president of the Federated Women's Institutes of Canada Henrietta Muir Edwards • Henrietta Muir Edwards (18491931), journalist, suffragist and organizer, fought for equal rights for wives, mothers' allowances and women's rights. • She started the Working Girls' Association in Montreal in 1875, a forerunner of the YWCA. Later, while living in Alberta, she compiled two works on Alberta and federal laws affecting women and children Suffragette • The men and women who belonged to suffrage societies tended to be members of the Anglo-Saxon Protestant middle-class. The leaders of these societies generally were highly educated professionals, or leaders of the Social Gospel Movement, and their goals tended toward the preservation of British essence and heritage in Canada . Imagine This • Imagine (whether male or female), you go to bed tonight and tomorrow when you wake up…women no longer matter. There’s no girls soccer team, the lucky women who have been able to keep their jobs no longer get paid 7.60, yea you thought your pay was bad now. “Well here’s five dollars, it’s all the change I have in my pocket”. Why? Because he can, because the law says he can. The law had no place for women because, well the law was made for “persons” and as we all know, women where not “persons”. Now imagine waking up tomorrow and your father is kicking you out. Not leaving, but kicking you, your siblings and you mother out onto the streets, simply because he no longer wants to be a family man. Fortunately today, that wouldn’t happen. Women have rights but if it wasn’t for the famous five we wouldn’t. Not unless someone else did.