Person's Clause in Canada was passed in 1929. Marion
Isobel Douglas, later Marion Barry, was born in 1921.
According to the times, Marion Isobel Douglas was not
born a person.
Marion Barry's story is a story of women who were ground-breakers.
These brave women from the early 1900s made a huge difference
in the lives we live today.
Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted
the right to vote.
Barry at home
Barry, and Sisters of the struggle, picketing.
The women were innocent and defenseless, but when, in
North America , women picketed in front of the White
House, carrying signs asking for the vote, they were
And by the end of the first night in jail, those women
were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs
and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against
the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk
beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars
above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding
and gasping for air.
hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head
against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate,
Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart
Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing,
dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting
and kicking the women.
Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917,
when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia
ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists
imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow
Wilson's White House for the right to vote.
weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail.
Their food -- all of it colorless slop -- was infested
one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger
strike, they tied her to a
chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid
into it until she vomited. She was tortured like this
for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.
Today's women who have ever voted, who now own property,
who have ever enjoyed equal rights need to remember
that women's rights had to be fought for in Canada and
elsewhere. How many of our daughters and sisters know
the price that was paid to earn human rights for women
here, in North America?
2009 is the 80th Anniversary of the Persons Clause in
Canada, which finally declared women in Canada to be