Through educational curriculums and commemorative projects, our Legacy Programs work to ensure the story of the Famous Five is told and celebrated.
$50 bank note
From 2004–2012, the Famous Five were celebrated on the $50 bill, becoming the first identifiable women—with the exception of the Queen—to appear on Canadian currency.
The bill depicted the Famous Five triumphantly celebrating the 1929 Privy Council of England’s decision to officially declare women as "persons". The bill was aptly launched on October 18, 2004 - the 75th anniversary of the victory of the "persons" case.
The "Persons" Case was a landmark ruling which recognized the equality of women in Canadian society, and throughout the entire British Commonwealth. The decision enabled women to participate in all facets of public life, including being appointed to the Senate.
To commemorate the Famous Five and to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the "Persons" Case, the Famous 5 Foundation commissioned and installed larger-than-life bronze monuments in Calgary’s Olympic Plaza and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Five contributions of $200,000 covered the costs of the monument and remain the largest donations made by women to a women’s project in Canada - Ann, Roxanne & Jane McCaig; Lena Ann Hanen; Kiki Delaney, Senator Vivienne Poy; and Heather Reisman.
The artist, Barbara Paterson, was selected by a national jury who was captivated by her depiction of the five women as they hear about their victory. Nellie McClung is shown holding up the October 18 newspaper headline that announces this world-changing news, while Irene Parlby stands beside her. Henrietta Muir Edwards lifts her teacup in a toast to their success, as Louise McKinney excitedly clasps her hands. Emily Murphy, the woman who led their fight, stands beside a chair inviting you to sit with them and to make the best contribution you can to the generation in which you are living.
Famous 5 Ottawa acknowledges "Persons" Day each October to commemorate The Famous Five women and honour women of past, present and future.