This photo was taken when we visited Quebec City last summer. When I saw the statue I found the wording amusing. Then, I dug a little deeper into the history and my amusement turned to amazement.
Canada, unlike the States, during John Adam’s time, did not rebel against British Rule and many of the laws from Britain perpetuated unquestioned well into the twentieth century.
But, on October 18th, 1929 five women who wanted to be persons in “matters of rights and privileges” prevailed in changing the legal world for all women in Canada. This happened during my mother’s lifetime, so to me, it doesn’t seem that long ago. You can read about this historic moment here.
This is inspiring because if you have ever wondered, if you, as a single person can make a difference in the world, take a moment to think about all the singular people in history who by sheer determination have done just that.
Although most of us are not going to do things of the magnitude of Emily Murphy the woman who headed the group of five and later told the press upon their victory, “We, and the women of Canada whom we had the high honour to represent, are not considering the pronouncement as standing for a sex victory, but rather, as one which will permit our saying ‘we’ instead of ‘you’ in affairs of State.”
We do all make a difference. A snowflake can become a snowball, a snowball can become an avalanche.