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What is the 'Persons Case'?


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December 19, 2009 9:07AM

In 1917 women were not allowed to vote. The reason was that under the definition of "people" or "persons" the following were excluded- children under 21, patients of mental institution, prisoners, and women. Nellie McClung argued before parliament that women were indeed persons and won the right for women to vote.