Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement to mark Persons Day:
“Today, we recognize the bravery and determination of five inspiring women: Emily Murphy, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, Nellie McClung and Henrietta Muir Edwards. These women fought hard for women’s right to be recognized as persons under Canadian law and were pioneers of social change.
“On this day in 1929, the legal definition of 'person' was expanded to include women. As we honour the history, and celebrate the strength and resilience of the women’s rights movement in Canada, we stand together in the fight for gender equality.
“Around the globe, women, girls, and trans, gender-diverse and Two Spirit people are fighting to end gender inequality every day. We must listen to their voices, including the voices of Indigenous peoples, immigrants and people of colour who are more likely to experience gender-based discrimination.
“Gender equality and representation are fundamental values of our government. Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity, is working every day to advance gender equality across government, and 50% of B.C. government ministries are led by women.
“By expanding women’s access to child care, education and training, affordable housing, counselling and crisis-support services, as well as support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, we are working to achieve greater equality and make life better for people in every community in B.C.
“When we advance equal rights, everyone benefits. On this Persons Day, our government reaffirms its commitment to standing up for the fundamental rights of women, girls and trans people to build a brighter future for everyone in B.C.”