Presented by Governor General David Johnston in a ceremony at Rideau Hall, these awards honour Canadian women who have contributed to the advancement of women’s equality.
The 2013 recipients are Constance Backhouse, Nahanni Fontaine, Susan Kathryn Shiner and youth recipients Julie Lalonde and Cherry Smiley.
In 1929, five women from Alberta, known as “the Famous Five,” won a historic legal battle to have women recognized as persons in Canada and therefore eligible to hold appointed or elected office. In 1979, the Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case were established to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark decision. (October 29, 2013).