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Women Are Persons!

The Women Are Persons! monument, also known as the Famous Five monument commemorates the contributions of the Famous Five—Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Henrietta Muir Edwards, and Irene Parlby—who were pivotal in the fight for women’s rights in Canada. 

Our commitment to public art


The Public Art team plays a crucial role in maintaining Calgary’s artistic and cultural heritage. Our conservation work preserves the physical integrity of artworks like the Women Are Persons! monument, and also safeguards the stories and identities they represent. This ongoing stewardship ensures important cultural symbols remain accessible and meaningful to the public.

Women Are Persons! relocation


Due to the Arts Commons Transformation project and Olympic Plaza Transformation project, the Women Are Persons! monument is set to be relocated.

The Public Art team will collaborate and plan with all interested parties, including the original commissioners of the artwork, the Famous 5 Foundation, in order to find a new suitable location.

Part of the work we will be undertaking when relocating the monument will involve addressing the fulsome history of these figures and the lessons we might learn from our past to help move toward a more inclusive future. Stay tuned for developments as we engage with the perspectives of voices across our community.

Next steps


The removal of the monument is scheduled for Nov. 2024, following the Women are Persons case 95th anniversary at Olympic Plaza on Oct. 18. The monument will be stored until the relocation site can be prepared for installation.

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