In 1929, Emily Murphy, Henrietta Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby, and Nellie McClung fought for the recognition of women as persons under the British North America Act. These five visionary Alberta women accomplished the extraordinary and their leadership changed our world. The Famous Five dedicated their lives to improving their communities in countless ways, instilling a spirit of strength and leadership that has guided our nation’s values into the next century.
Today, the work of the Famous Five continues to be an inspiration for national and international efforts to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms. City Lumber is committed to Alberta and Canada. We contribute to our collective quality of life, and we do so to honour the leadership and legacy of women and men who have been our nation builders.
City Lumber proudly recognizes the women who changed history and believes that everyone in our society should have a voice and be treated with dignity and respect. In September of 2009 in partnership with Grant MacEwan University, City Lumber Corporation organized an event celebrating inspirational women in business. Prominent government and industry leaders participated in the unveiling of the “Women are Persons” maquette by the internationally recognized artist Barbara Paterson. Robert gifted the maquette to the MacEwan School of Business in honour of his mother and City Lumber founder, Zita Rosen.
Read more about Grant MacEwan’s reaction.