But the legal implications didn't end with the recognition of women as persons. This radical re-interpretation of the Canadian constitution led to a new judicial perspective known as the 'living tree doctrine'. Essentially this means that the Constitution (now governed by the Constitution Act, 1982), must be interpreted in the light of changing times to accommodate the modern world (in contrast to the 'frozen concepts' approach). I never knew this before, but it makes sense to me.
The name Agnes MacPhail is often, though mistakenly, associated with the Famous Five. A woman of the same era, she was born near here, and is something of a local historical heroine. Her career started in provincial politics here in Ontario, and in 1921 she was the first woman elected to the House of Parliament. She served 5 terms, until 1940.
A much cooler and therefore much more pleasant day here for working outdoors. We drove north last week to bring home our camper trailer, which we are now planning to sell, and I've spent a lot of time the past two days cleaning it. Never thought the roof of a camper would get so dirty after sitting under the trees for a year! In any case, it's perfect fall weather to get the work done.