Elizabeth Sheehy wins Governor General’s Award


Professor Elizabeth Sheehy won a  2017 Governor General Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case in which Canada’s highest court of appeal declared that the word “person” included both women and men in 1929. The awards were created in 1979 to mark the 50thanniversary of the  Persons Case, which was a landmark legal decision for women’s rights in Canada.

Recipients of these Awards continue the tradition of courage, integrity and hard work that the Famous Five of the Persons Case inspired.

The awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the goal of equality for women and girls in Canada.

Professor Sheehy is Professor in the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa.