Saturday, July 13, 2013

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I'm joining the Scavenger Hunt Sunday sponsored by Ashley.

The rules are simple:
  1. Anyone can participate.
  2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. Creativity is also encouraged!
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots).
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above.
  5. Leave comments for at least five entries around yours (with so many new participants each week, it’s the only way I know to be inclusive
  6. Have fun!

This week's challenges!

  1. Relaxing
  2. Inspiring Person
  3. Written Words
  4. Memories
  5. Best Friend

July 2013 - Calgary Alberta

My selections are based on a series of statues in downtown Calgary 

 The Famous 5 are five women, truly pioneers, who in Alberta in the early part of the 20th century shaped the future of the lives of all Canadian women to come. Because of their efforts, on October 18, 1929, the Privy Council declared in the famous " Person's Case of 1929" that women were persons and thus eligible to hold any appointed or elected office.
At the time of their victory, the media dubbed the group the "Alberta Five." Over time, as the case took on a privileged position in Canadian women's history, the group became popularly known as the "Famous 5." They have come to represent an entire generation's political activism, including an earlier, nationwide campaign for women's suffrage.

Emily Murphy. Nellie McClung. Henrietta Muir Edwards. Louise McKinney. Irene Parlby. Five Alberta women drawn together by the tides of history and a shared idealism.

Each was a true leader in her own right: one a police magistrate, another a legal expert who founded the National Council for Women. Three served as Members of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta — among the first female elected officials in the entire British Empire. And they did all this before they were even fully defined as 'persons under Canadian and British law.

Separately, these five women were champions of the rights and welfare of women and children. They worked hard and courageously in the face of the prejudices and resistance of the day. Together, they formed an unstoppable force that changed the world for women in Canada and in all Commonwealth countries.

The Famous Five have been commemorated with individual and group plaques in the foyer and antechamber of Canada's Senate and two identical sculptures by Canadian artist Barbara Paterson. One at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and the other at the Olympic Plaza in Calgary.

Relaxing - what is more relaxing than a tea party?

I wonder if these women were best friends? Henrietta Muir Edwards and Louise McKinney
“If women had the vote there would be no need to come twice asking for better legislation for women and children, no need to come again and again for the appointment of women inspectors where women and children are employed; we would not ask in vain for the raising of the wage or consent.”
Henrietta Muir Edwards

Inspiring Person - Louise McKinney (1868-1931) was very instrumental in gaining the right to vote for women in Alberta in 1916.
“What, after all, is the purpose of a woman’s life? The purpose of a woman’s life is just the same as the purpose of a man’s life: that she may make the best possible contribution to the generation in which she is living.”
Louise McKinney

WRITTEN WORDS - the plaque held by Nellie Mc Clung says "women are persons".
“Canada is destined to be one of the great nations of the world and Canadian women must be ready for citizenship.”
Nellie McClung

Irene Parlby
“If politics mean…the effort to secure through legislative action better conditions of life for the people, greater opportunities for our children and other people’s children…then it most assuredly is a woman’s job as much as it is a man’s job.”
Irene Parlby 

MEMORIES - this is a poster outside a museum that is being built at Heritage Park in Calgary to ensure the history of these women is instilled in Canadian memories.

BEST FRIENDS - Emily Murphy and I.
“​I believe that never was a country better adapted to produce a great race of women than this Canada of ours, nor a race of women better adapted to make a great country.”
Emily Murphy 


  1. Such beautiful photos of 5 amazing women....and a great history lesson too! I often wonder how I would have reacted living during that era.

  2. I was in Ottawa at that very monument. My daughter has a photo taken on the same chair. She was 7 at the time.

  3. Awesome take on the prompt!! I loved seeing these statues.

  4. Very interesting post. These must have been amazing women to be so honored. I enjoyed reading about them and seeing the statues. Great way to tie them all into the hunt.

  5. Terrific captures- and what strikes me is the difference in settings between Calgary and here in Ottawa.


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